Records Division

The Pottawattamie County Records Division is open Monday - Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM. The following services are available from this office if the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's office is the investigating agency.

  • Accident reports
  • Towed vehicle release
  • Incident reports
  • Criminal history/Background checks
  • Military records checks
  • Permits to Acquire Pistols or Revolvers
  • Permits to Carry

Accident/Incident Reports are available upon request in person or in writing to the parties involved in the accident or their designated insurance agent or legal representative. No faxed requests will be accepted. Mailed requests require a self-addressed stamped envelope for return.

  • No charge to involved parties
  • Attorneys, insurance companies and others, cost is $10.00

(Cash or check made out to: Pottawattamie County sheriff)

Military Records Check can be requested by the armed forces by faxing directly to Records Division at 712-890-2207, or the local recruiter can bring them to our office.

Criminal History Background Checks can be provided for Pottawattamie County only. This does not include juvenile records, traffic records (can be obtained from the Iowa Department of Transportation) nor any other agency. We suggest you check with other agencies in this area for possible additional information. Records are only provided to the individual requesting the background check, unless you are law enforcement, probation officer, or military. You will need to provide a photo ID at the time of request and fill out a Request for Criminal History Records application.

If you need a statewide Iowa Criminal History Record check, you will need to contact the Division of Criminal Investigation in Des Moines, DCI accepts online application and payment for criminal history record checks.

https://iowacriminalhistory.iowa.gov or call (515)725-6072

Gun Permits

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