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Contractor License Requirements
- Companies blasting in Iowa need a commercial explosive contractor license.
- A national criminal history background check is required for all responsible persons and employee possessors who are not licensed as commercial explosive blasters.
- Companies must license at least one commercial explosive blaster.
Blaster License Requirements
- Blasters working in Iowa need a commercial explosive blaster license under a licensed contractor.
- One of the listed qualifications must be submitted with a new or renewal application.
Background Check Requirements
All responsible persons, employee possessors, and blasters are required to submit a fingerprint card by mail, or through the Fieldprint Iowa Livescan Network, at the time of application for a new or renewal license.
Use Fieldprint's largest Livescan network in Iowa to schedule secure, electronic submission of your fingerprints for criminal history background checks required by Commercial Explosives licensing.
Refer to the Fieldprint Program Scheduling Aid for step-by-step instructions to schedule your Livescan appointment at a Fieldprint location nearest you. Currently, Fieldprint is only available in Iowa.
- Be sure to use the Fieldprint Code for Explosives Licensing - FPIASFMExplosives.
For information on fingerprint locations outside the Livescan network, please visit National Background Information-Fingerprinting Locations.Back to top
- License fee is prorated based on the month an application is submitted.
- A $35.00 background check fee for each listed responsible person, employee possessor, and blaster.
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Payments can be made online by debit/credit card or eCheck/ACH or by mailing a check or money order payable to the "Dept. of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing" or "State of Iowa" and mailed to the Dept. of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing, Attention: Explosives Licensing Administration, 6200 Park Ave, Ste 100, Des Moines, IA 50321.Back to top
Laws & Rules
Iowa Code encompasses all permanent laws passed by the Iowa legislature and signed by the governor. Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) contains all administrative rules adopted by State agencies. When a new law is passed, administrative rules often need to be updated to implement or administer that law.
The state of Iowa requires licensing for all commercial explosive contractors and blasters as defined in Iowa Code chapter 101A and Administrative Rules chapter 661-235. A company engaged in the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale or commercial use of explosives and their employees must be licensed as commercial explosive contractors and blasters.Back to top