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In Iowa, only certified nursing assistants (CNAs), also referred to as nurse's aides, are placed on the Direct Care Worker Registry. CNAs are only required to be on the registry if they are seeking employment in a long-term care facility (nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or a skilled or swing bed unit of a hospital).
CNAs may visit the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry online database to see if they are currently active on the registry. Select “DCW Search” on the left side of the page, and search by Registry ID number, first or last name, city, or county. Many questions about the registry can be answered on the Direct Care Worker Registry page of the DIAL website.
Potential employers, verification companies, and other states' registry staff can check the Iowa DCW Registry to verify the status of a CNA by first and last name, city, county of residence, and registry number. This registry number is the only unique identifying number that DIA can publicly share or confirm. Registry staff will not search by personally-identifiable information (e.g., date of birth or any part of a Social Security number); please do not email this type of information to the registry. CNAs or employers should not send personally-identifiable information (e.g., birth dates, SSNs, or photos/documents showing a driver's license, Social Security card, etc.) to the registry via email.
A list of CNAs on the Registry can be downloaded as a .csv or PDF file. Note that for the best user experience, DIAL recommends using the application in Chrome, Edge, or Safari browsers.
DIAL regulates food businesses like restaurants, bars (including those that only serve beverages), cafeterias, catering operations, mobile food trucks, farmers markets, temporary events, vending machines, grocery and convenience stores, home food processing establishments, and food processing plants and warehouses. DIAL also regulates hotels, motels, and inns (including bed-and-breakfast inns).
Find a licensed food business or hotel, or an inspection report for one of these establishments using the food and hotel licensing portal.
DIAL licenses and regulates several types of health facilities. If you would like to find information about one of the licensed health care facilities listed below, or if you would like to learn about the survey (inspection) history of a health facility for yourself or a loved one, DIAL keeps a public record of facility surveys. You will be able to review the nature of the survey, number of regulatory violations for the survey (if any), any licensure actions taken, as well as read copies of the reports filed after the visit.
To access health facility reports, visit the Health Facilities online database and select “Entity Search” on the right side of the page. From there, you will be able to search by health facility name, type, or location to find recent reports. You can also export the list as a .csv or PDF file. Note that for the best user experience, DIAL recommends using the application in Chrome, Edge, or Safari browsers.
If you would like to look up federal fine information, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Quality, Certification, and Oversight Reports online portal.
- Adult Day Services
- Assisted Living Programs
- Boarding Homes
- Community Mental Health Centers
- Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities
- Elder Group Homes
- End-Stage Renal Disease Programs (e.g. Kidney Dialysis centers)
- Health Care Employment Agencies
- Home Health Care Agencies
- Intermediate Care Facilities
- Nursing/Skilled Nursing Facilities (e.g. Nursing Homes or Long-Term Care centers)
- Organ Procurement Organizations
- Outpatient Physical Therapy & Speech Therapy facilities
- Portable X-Ray Services
- Psychiatric Medical Institutions for Children
- Rehabilitation Facilities
- Residential Care Facilities
- Rural Health Clinics
- Subacute Mental Health Facilities
- Transplant Centers
If you would like to check the license of any of the following nonmedical professionals that were formerly handled by the Iowa Division of Banking's Professional Licensure Bureau (PLB), please visit the PLB online portal.
- Appraisal Management Companies
- Interior Designers
- Land Surveyors
- Landscape Architects
- Real Estate Agents
- Real Estate Appraisers
If you would like to check the license of the following nonmedical professionals that were formerly handled by Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, please visit the HHS licensing online portal.
- Sign Language Interpreters and Transliterators
- Social Workers
If you would like to check information on the following regulatory licenses and programs that were formerly under the purview of the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), or disciplinary information, please visit the HHS regulatory online portal.
- Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT)
- Lead Professional Certification
- Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board (PMSB)
- Swimming Pools & Spas
If you would like to check the license of a health or medical professionals that were formerly under the purview of the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), or disciplinary information, please visit the following licensing portals: