Post-conviction DNA Testing in Iowa

A defendant who has been convicted of a felony and who has not been required to submit a DNA sample for DNA profiling can make a motion for the post-conviction DNA testing to the court where he/she was convicted.

In 2019, Iowa amended its post-conviction DNA testing law to: remove a time bar to eligibility for people convicted after 2005, expand eligibility to all people convicted of felonies and aggravated misdemeanors regardless of the date of their conviction, allow testing on evidence regardless of whether testing was done at trial and if newer technology can yield more probative results, and allow for unknown DNA profiles to be compared in law enforcement DNA databases.

Effective: 2005. Amended most recently: 2019.

Read the statute.