Alarm System Contractors & Technicians License

Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing


Licenses for Contractors and Technicians  of Security, Fire, and Nurse Call Alarm Systems in commercial and residential settings.

Code Citation Iowa Code Chapter 100C and Administrative Code Chapter 661-277

Who Applies Contractors and technicians who install, maintain, inspect, or test fire, security, and nurse call alarm systems.

When To Apply Initial license: license must be obtained before performing work in Iowa requiring licensure. Renewals: 30 days prior to expiration of license. Licenses expire on September 30.

Initial Requirements Contractors must also register with the Iowa Workforce Development

Duration Three years for contractors and technicians; one year for technician trainees.

Processing Time 6-8 weeks.

Fee Structure Criminal history check: $35 Contractor License Fee: $300 – three years $50 for each listed responsible managing employee $50 for each selected endorsement Technician License Fee: $150 – three years $25 for each selected endorsement Technician Trainee License Fee: $50 – one year

Renewal Requirements Current valid certification specific to endorsements, and new criminal history check.

Exam Approved national certification programs (NICET, ESA, etc.).

Additional Information Apply online at PDF application forms may be found online at

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Contact Information
Jeannie Guttenfelder
6200 Park Ave
Des Moines, IA 50321