Iowa State Resource Center
Iowa Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The powers and duties of the AG's office include: representing the departments and agencies of state government; taking action for citizens in consumer protection and other areas; enforcing the state's environmental protection laws; playing a central role in the criminal justice system; and providing assistance and advocacy for the victims of crime. The AG also issues legal opinions on questions of law submitted by elected or appointed state officials and defends all tort claim actions against the state.
- Auditor of State
The Auditor of State has responsibility for audits of counties, cities, school districts and other governmental subdivisions and is required to provide guidelines to CPA firms performing such audits. All audits must be filed with the Auditor of State and are a matter of public record open to inspection. The Auditor of State is a member of the State Executive Council, the State Appeal Board, the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission, Vision Iowa Board, the Tobacco Settlement Authority Board, and the Honey Creek Premier Destination Park Authority.
The Governor of Iowa is the head of the executive branch of Iowa's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Iowa State Legislature, to convene the legislature at any time, and to grant pardons and reprieves, except in cases of treason and impeachment.
- Lt. Governor
The Lt. Governor works closely with the Governor and plays an active role in their partnership of governance. Serving as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, the Lt. Governor is responsible for overseeing all the state’s homeland security activities. This includes providing budget oversight and giving policy guidance on a wide range of homeland security issues and programs.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State holds critical positions on a number of state boards and commissions in Iowa. Including the Voter Registration Commission, the State Insurance Committee, the Iowa Executive Council and the State Records Commission. The Secretary co-signs with the Governor all commissions, proclamations, extraditions and land patents. The Secretary of State is the state commissioner of elections and supervises Iowa's 99 county auditors in the administration of our election laws and administrative rules.
- State of Iowa
Iowa is a state located in the Midwestern United States, an area often referred to as the "American Heartland." It derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the many American Indian tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration.
- State Treasurer
The treasurer receives all revenues from state agencies and the federal government and is responsible for all consequent bank relations. The following are some of the Treasurer's duties: he is the investor and custodian of the state's general fund, the reserve funds, and the road use tax fund operating funds; accounts for funds on a cash basis and balances regularly with the Department of Administrative Services - State Accounting Enterprise; redeems all proper warrants of the State; and coordinates state bonding activity the payment of state projects such as prisons and the Iowa Communication Network.
Iowa Legislative Branch
- Iowa Legislature
The Iowa General Assembly (IGA) is the legislative branch of the state government of Iowa. It is a bicameral body, composed of the upper house Iowa Senate and the lower Iowa House of Representatives respectively. There are no term limits for either chamber.
- Legislative Services Agency
The Iowa Legislative Service Agency (LSA) is the main service bureau serving the members of the Iowa Legislature. The LSA is responsible for handling all general research and fiscal analysis matters for Iowa's legislators and committee staff. Divisions of LSA: Administrative Services; Computer Services; Fiscal Services; and Legal Services.
- Office of Citizens' Aide/Ombudsman
The Office of Citizens' Aide/Ombudsman serves as an independent and impartial agency to which citizens can air their grievances about government. By facilitating communications between citizens and government and making recommendations to improve administrative practices and procedures, the Ombudsman promotes responsiveness and quality in government.
Iowa Court Rules and Forms
- 1st Judicial District - Local Rules
- 2nd Judicial District - Local Rules
- 3rd Judicial District - Local Rules
Rules of Practice and Procedure
- 5th Judicial District - Local Rules
Rules of Practice and Administration
- 7th Judicial District - Local Rules
Link to automatic download of Rules of Practice and Administration in pdf format
- 8th Judicial District - Local Rules
Link to automatic download of Local Court Rules in pdf format
- Civil Procedure Forms
- Commitment for Substance Abuse Forms
- Confidential Information Forms
The completed forms, including social security numbers provided therein, shall be kept confidential by the clerk of court and shall not be disclosed except as authorized by state or federal law: Confidential Social Security Number Forms and Confidential Information Form.
- Family Law Forms
Family Law Self-Help Forms and Instructions: Divorce & Child Support Modification
- Hospitalization for Mental illness Forms
- Iowa Court Rules
The printed version of the Iowa Court Rules is published by the Legislative Service Bureau of the Iowa Legislature, under the direction of the Iowa Supreme Court.
- Iowa Court Rules - Recent Amendments and New Rules
Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules or new court rules recently approved by the Iowa Supreme Court.
- Juvenile Forms
- Pro Hac Vice Forms
- Probate Forms
- Small Claims Forms
Iowa Judicial Branch
- Iowa Judicial Branch
Iowa courts in the Iowa Judicial Branch are; the Supreme Court; the Court of Appeals; and eight District Courts.
Iowa Executive Branch
- Department of Administrative Services
The mission of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is to provide high-quality, affordable infrastructure products and services to Iowa state government customers in a manner that empowers them to provide better service to the citizens of Iowa and support the State of Iowa in achieving economic growth.
- Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources
Human Resources provide the full range of services to Iowa state government including qualification of applicants for state jobs, classification, compensation, selection assistance, Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Program), workforce planning, performance evaluation, workforce data gathering, reporting and analysis, labor relations, benefits, risk management and leave administration, safety, workers’ compensation and Return to Work, wellness, training and development, and consultation with and advice to state agencies on human resource matters.
- Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
The Department is responsible for a wide variety of consumer protection and agriculture promotion programs. This includes regulating meat processing, commercial feed and fertilizer, pesticide application, and dairy production and processing. The Weights and Measures Bureau makes sure both buyers and sellers are treated fairly at the gas pump, grocery store or grain elevator. The State Climatologist, Entomologist, and Veterinarian are also all part of the Department. Other areas of responsibility for the Department include Agriculture Statistics, Homeland Security and the Iowa Horse and Dog Breeding program.
- Department of Commerce
The mission of the Iowa Department of Commerce is to serve Iowans by efficiently and effectively providing for a fair, flexible, and positive regulatory environment for consumer service industries. Divisions of the Department of Commerce: Alcoholic Beverages, Banking, Credit Union, Insurance, Professional Licensing and Regulation, and Utilities.
- Department of Cultural Affairs
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has primary responsibility for development of the state's interest in the areas of the arts, history, and other cultural matters. In fulfilling this responsibility, the department will be advised and assisted by the State Historical Society of Iowa and its board of trustees, and the Iowa Arts Council board.
- Department of Economic Development
The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) has many programs and services to offer individuals, communities, and business. The mission of the IDED is to engender and promote economic development policies and practices which stimulate and sustain Iowa's economic growth and climate and that integrate efforts across public and private sectors. IDED's boards and commissions include: Agricultural Products Advisory Council; City Development; Generation Iowa Commission; Iowa Broadband Deployment Governance Board; Iowa Economic Development Board; Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service; Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board; Renewable Fuels Infrastucture; Technology & Commercialization Committee; and Vision Iowa.
- Department of Education
The Iowa Department of Education (the Department) works with the Iowa State Board of Education (State Board) to provide oversight, supervision, and support for the state education system that includes public elementary and secondary schools, nonpublic schools that receive state accreditation, area education agencies (AEAs), community colleges, and teacher preparation programs.
- Department of Human Rights
The Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR) encourages citizen participation to define problems, formulate plans, and take action to improve race relations, to appreciate diversity, to fight discrimination, and to prevent hate crimes in Iowa. Action oriented programs and activities focus on subtopics such as business and economics, education, energy efficiency, healthcare, immigration, safe and inclusive communities, workforce development, and youth development.
- Department of Human Services
The Mission of the Iowa Department of Human Services is to help individuals and families achieve safe, stable, self-sufficient, and healthy lives, thereby contributing to the economic growth of the state. DHS's programs include: cash assistance; child care assistance; food assistance; job training; and refugee services.
- Department of Inspections and Appeals
The Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) is a multifaceted regulatory agency responsible for inspecting, licensing and/or certifying health care providers and suppliers, restaurants and grocery stores, social and charitable gambling operations, hotels and motels, and barber and beauty shops. DIA also investigates alleged fraud in the State's public assistance programs and conducts contested case hearings to settle disputes between Iowans and various state government agencies.
- Department of Justice
The Iowa Attorney General is head of the Department of Justice and chief legal officer of the state. The attorney general represents the state of Iowa and its agencies in court cases, gives legal advice to state agencies, and issues written opinions on questions of law submitted by state officials.
- Department of Natural Resources
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is the government agency that leads Iowans in caring for their natural resources. It is responsible for maintaining state parks and forests, protecting the environment, and managing energy, fish, wildlife, and land and water resources in Iowa.
- Department of Public Health
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) partners with local public health, policymakers, health care providers, business and many others to fulfill their mission of promoting and protecting the health of Iowans. IDPH works to accomplish the following: Prevent Injuries; Promote Healthy Behaviors; Protect Against Environmental Hazards; Strengthen the Public Health Infrastructure; Prevent Epidemics & the Spread of Disease; and Prepare for, Respond to, & Recover from Public Health Emergencies.
- Department of Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety is the law enforcement agency for the state of Iowa. The Department includes the following divisions: Administrative Services Division; Division of Criminal Investigation; Division of Narcotics Enforcement; Fire Marshal Division; and State Patrol Division.
- Department of Revenue
The Department of Revenue is Iowa's state taxing authority. The website provides information for businesses, individuals, tax professionals, and local government. It also provides links to the Iowas Tax Research Library, and e-filing.
- Department of Transportation
The Iowa DOT's principle responsibilities are to manage state-owned highways and ramps; maintain bridges; license or provide non-driver IDs; enforce all federal and state laws and regulations relating to the commercial motor vehicle and driver; enforce state laws and administrative rules pertaining to motor vehicle titling and registration, drivers license fraud, use tax fraud, odometer fraud, and licensed motor vehicle dealer compliance; and various other duties dealing with drivers, Iowa's air transportation system, Iowa's public transit system, Iowa's railroad transportation system, and river navigation.
- Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs is dedicated to ensuring that Iowa veterans and their dependents receive the full measure of county, state, and federal benefits to which they are entitled.
- Department on Aging
The Iowa Department on Aging serves a fast-growing segment of Iowa's population- people 60 years of age and older. IDA has two divisions- Policy & Administration and Elder Rights/Home & Community-Based Services- that work to accomplish the wide-ranging goals of the Older Americans Act.
- Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy
The mission of ODCP is to serve as a leader and a catalyst for improving the health and safety of all Iowans by promoting strategic approaches and collaboration to reduce drug use and related crime. The Drug Policy Advisory Council is responsible for "making policy recommendations to the appropriate departments concerning the administration, development, and coordination of programs related to substance abuse education, prevention, treatment and enforcement."
- Iowa Finance Authority
The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) is a state government agency that provides programs to assist in the attainment of housing for low- and moderate-income Iowans. The IFA's mission is to finance, administer, advance and preserve affordable housing and to promote community and economic development for Iowans. IFA is a self-supporting public agency.
- Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management
The responsibilities of the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) are to support local entities as they plan and implement mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery strategies. HSEMD provides technical assistance, training, exercise facilitation, communications, and other support necessary for establishing and maintaining local capabilities. HSEMD is the link and coordinating entity that ensures consistency and compliance with various federal and state requirements and regulations.
- Iowa Lottery
Legislation creating Iowa's lottery was signed into law in April 1985 and the lottery began sales on Aug. 22, 1985, with a kickoff celebration at the Iowa State Fair. Lottery profits have helped the state in a variety of ways through the years. Today, lottery proceeds are used for three main purposes in Iowa. They provide support for veterans; help for a variety of significant projects and backing for the Vision Iowa program. The Lottery sells tickets in three general categories: instant-scratch, pull-tab and lotto games.
- Iowa National Guard
The Iowa National Guard Trains, Mobilizes, Deploys, Sustains and Reconstitutes Units, Providing Ready Forces in Defense of our Nation, State, and Community. It consists of the Army and Air National Guards.
- Iowa Travel / Tourism
TravelIowa.com is the Official Tourism Web site of the State of Iowa. It is part of the Iowa Department of Economic Development. The site provides information and links to Things to Do; Cities & Regions; Places to Stay; Travel Tools; About Iowa; and the Media Center.
- Iowa Veterans Home
The Iowa Veterans Home has always been recognized as a home for the state of Iowa veterans and their spouses who meet eligibility requirements for admission. The present-day focus of the Iowa Veterans Home is to provide professionally managed health care for aging veterans.
- Iowa Workforce Development
Iowa Workforce Development contributes to the economic security of Iowa’s workers, businesses and communities through a comprehensive statewide system of employment services, education and regulation of health, safety and employment laws. The majority of IWD services are mandated by state and federal laws and regulations. IWD has 6 Divisions: Administrative Services, Labor Services, Unemployment Insurance, Workers' Compensation, Labor Market and Workforce Information Division, and Workforce Development Center Administration.
Iowa Workforce Development's IowaJobs site is Iowa's largest job bank. IowaJobs has thousands of jobs posted each business day and provides 24-hour access to all of the job listings in IWD's statewide system. IowaJobs also provides links to job listings in other states through America's Job Bank, and additional local, state and federal jobs.
- State Library
The State Library of Iowa actively champions libraries. The Library's two roles are improving library services in Iowa and delivering specialized information services to state government and to Iowans. Their mission is to advocate for Iowa libraries and to promote excellence and innovation in library services, in order to provide statewide access to information for all Iowans.
- State Parks Bureau
The State Parks Bureau operates and maintains Iowa's state parks and recreation areas in the state, which provide facilities for camping, cabins, picnicking, trails, swimming, boating and fishing. The bureau is also responsible for more than 90 state preserves set aside for their natural or cultural significance. The bureau supervises various programs in recreation planning and resource protection.
- The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt
Millions of dollars in unclaimed property are reported to the state each year. The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt is a website created by State Treasurer of Iowa, to offer the unclaimed property to all the citizens in the state. It provides a search for owners of unclaimed property and holders of abandoned property. Includes forms and FAQs. If you're the rightful owners or their legal heirs, you will have the right to claim the assets, there is no time limit to file a claim, and the State Treasurer Office provides this service free of charge.
- The Iowa Careers Consortium
The Iowa Careers Consortium (ICC) is a public-private partnership created to meet Iowa’s need for highly skilled employees. The Consortium includes Iowa businesses, communities, educational institutions, professional associations, the Iowa Department of Economic Development and Iowa Workforce Development. The Consortium’s efforts are designed to reach as many qualified individuals as possible in information technology, engineering, manufacturing, research/scientific, financial/insurance, and professional/managerial career fields. The SmartCareer Move™ Web site also provides links to corporate, community and state Web sites that post jobs statewide in all career fields.
Iowa Boards and Commissions
- Board of Regents
Created by the Iowa General Assembly in 1909, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, is a group of nine citizens who govern five public educational institutions in the state through policymaking, coordination, and oversight, as provided by law. The Board enhances the quality of life for Iowans by maintaining the educational quality, accessibility, and public service activities of Iowa's three public universities – the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa; and two special preschool/K-12th grade schools – the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.
- Civil Rights Commission
The mission of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission is enforcing civil rights through compliance, mediation, advocacy, and education as we support safe, just, and inclusive communities. The Commission's major duty is to enforce state and federal statutes that prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodations, housing, education and credit by investigating and litigating civil rights complaints. In addition, the Commission provides conflict resolution services and mediation for civil rights matters. In addition to its role as an enforcer of civil rights laws, the Commission actively educates the public to prevent discrimination, biased conduct and stereotypes.
- Iowa Arts Council
The Iowa Arts Council empowers Iowa's leaders in strengthening community life through the arts and providing leadership to stimulate a healthy arts environment. By providing funding and assistance to organizations and artists, the Iowa Arts Council seeks to support arts-based activities that support artistic, community, social, and community development.
- Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans
The Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans (ICSAA) is a state agency that exists to address the needs and concerns of Iowa's African-American citizens. ICSAA is a division of the Department of Human Rights. The ICSAA is composed of nine citizens representing different regions of the state. Each is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Iowa Senate.
- Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board
The Board has jurisdiction over the following: Administering the campaign laws in Iowa Code chapter 68A and the ethics & lobbying laws in Iowa Code chapter 68B; Receiving copies of federal campaign finance disclosure reports, copies of reports filed with the IRS by 527 committees that engage in certain campaign activities in Iowa and reports on all gifts and bequests received by an executive branch agency other than a Regents University; Providing advice to local government personnel concerning the application of the ethics laws; Enter into agreements with local political subdivisions of government to enforce codes of ethics adopted by the subdivisions; and Investigates complaints received from the State Commissioner of Elections.
- Iowa Utilities Board
The IUB is a fact-finding body that hears evidence in cases filed before it and makes decisions based on the evidence presented in those cases. An advocate of neither the public nor the utilities, the IUB is required by state statute to make decisions that balance the interests of all parties to ensure the utilities provide adequate and reliable service at reasonable prices.