All applicants and/or licensees will need to create a login for DataPro (aka "My Iowa PLB") and then submit their request for a fingerprint packet electronically through the application named "RE - Background Request."  A $51.00 fee will be required prior to submitting the application.  If you have any issues or questions at that time or are looking to seek assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Commission staff.  The average turnaround time for processing once the Commission has received a completed background application, fingerprint card and fee, is 5-6 weeks.

Instructions on how to request a fingerprint packet

An applicant for an initial real estate broker's or salesperson's license shall be subject to a national criminal history check through the federal bureau of investigation. The commission shall request the criminal history check and shall provide the applicant's fingerprints to the department of public safety for submission through the state criminal history repository to the federal bureau of investigation. The applicant shall authorize release of the results of the criminal history check to the real estate commission. The applicant shall pay the actual cost of the fingerprinting and criminal history check, if any. Unless the criminal history check was completed within the two hundred ten calendar days prior to the date the license application is received by the real estate commission, the commission shall reject and return the application to the applicant. The commission shall process the application but hold delivery of the license until the background check is completed. The results of a criminal history check conducted pursuant to this subsection shall not be considered a public record under chapter 22.

List of Criminal Offenses Directly Relating to the Real Estate Profession

FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY:  Do NOT submit your fingerprint card, or any portion of your background, directly to the FBI or the Division of Criminal Investigation. You MUST complete the entire background check process through the Iowa Real Estate Commission. See instructions above. 

Direct link to FBI-CJIS Division