Administrative Hearings Division
The Administrative Hearings Division conducts contested case hearings involving Iowans who have been impacted by an adverse action taken by a state department or agency. During a contested case hearing, individuals may present evidence and testimony to refute the department's action. An Administrative Law Judge will be assigned to conduct the case and will hear all facts surrounding the issue in question. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge will issue a proposed decision based upon the evidence provided. The proposed decision may sustain, reject or modify the initial action taken by the department or agency. Any party can appeal the proposed decision to the state agency that initiated the action, and the agency can also review a proposed decision on its own motion. The agency has the authority to sustain, reject or modify the proposed decision.
Appeals Involving Permits to Carry Weapons and Acquire Firearms
Effective January 1, 2011, the Department adopted new rules stipulating the procedure for contested cases involving permits to carry weapons and acquire firearms. The new chapter [481 IAC 11] implements provisions contained in Iowa Code section 724.12A, requiring the Department to establish a procedural process through which Iowans who have been denied a permit to acquire firearms or carry weapons or whose permit has been suspended or revoked may appeal the decision of the sheriff of Commissioner of Public Safety to an administrative law judge. A frequently asked questions document has been developed to address common questions about the process.
Office Location and Contact Information
The Administrative Hearings Division is located in the Wallace State Office Building. The mailing address is: Administrative Hearings Division, Wallace State Office Building, 520 East Ninth Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0082.
Chief Administrative Law Judge, Acting
To contact us:
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0083