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Transfer From Other Jurisdictions

 
FOR APPLICANTS WHO PERFORM CORRECTIONAL OFFICER OR RELATED WORK IN OTHER STATES OR JURISDICTIONS:

The Iowa Legislature has granted exceptions to the normal testing requirements for Correctional Officer candidates from other jurisdictions. You may be considered for transfer to the Iowa Department of Corrections, without having to test, if you meet the following criteria:

  • If you work as a Correctional Officer or comparable position for a prison in a state prison system or for a privately-operated corrections facility, or you hold a security position in a jail. AND
  • If your initial hiring in the other jurisdiction was performed under a merit system or other competitive hiring standards. AND
  • If you have successfully completed at least a four-week Correctional Officer training academy or its equivalent. AND
  • If you have received no significant disciplinary action in the last 12 months. AND
  • If you have been employed as a Correctional Officer or in a comparable position for at least 12 months during the last 24 months.


  • The transfer process allows you to be considered for employment as a Correctional Officer without having to complete the usual testing process. You will still be required to interview and you will be required to satisfactorily complete the Correctional Officer Preservice during your first six months of employment.

    To Apply for a Transfer

    The following forms are required to apply for transfer to the Iowa Department of Corrections: The Correctional Officer Test Exception Transfer Request form, and the Notice of Disclosure and Consent form. In addition, a State of Iowa Application form is also required.

    The Iowa Application form is found at www.das.hre.iowa.gov, or click here for a printable Application form.

    Correctional Officer Test Exception Transfer Request form
    Notice of Disclosure of Identity and Consent to Contact References

    Submit the Transfer Request form, the Notice of Disclosure and Consent form, and a State of Iowa Application form to:

    Bureau of Personnel, Iowa Department of Corrections
    510 East 12th Street
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309
    or
    FAX 515-725-5798
    Iowa
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