Responsible Gaming » Self-Exclusion Program

About the program

For several years, the casino members of the Iowa Gaming Association allowed a person to ban him/herself from a particular casino. In 2004, a Statewide Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program was created so a person could sign one form and not be allowed at any Iowa licensed casino. The statewide program option was passed by the Iowa legislature and is part of the industry’s comprehensive responsible gaming initiative. In the 2017 legislative session, they passed a reform bill to allow a person to choose either a 5-year or lifetime irrevocable option.

At the end of 2018, the management of the self-exclusion database moved from the Iowa Gaming Association website to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC).

For more information on the Self-Exclusion program, please visit the IRGC website. To speak to someone about the program, please contact the IRGC directly.

How does the program work?

A person can voluntarily request to be banned from all commercial casinos in Iowa by signing an exclusion form. This form is then distributed to all IGA member casinos (the three tribal casinos are exempt from participation). By signing this form, a person agrees to either a 5-year ban, or a lifetime ban that is irrevocable. In either case, while excluded and if discovered at a casino, he/she will forfeit the equivalent dollars of any jackpot, slot credit or chips to the State of Iowa General Fund. 

Is there now a reinstatement process if I had signed a lifetime ban?

Yes, the legislature also established in 2017 a process to allow a person who had signed the statewide lifetime ban option between November 2004 and July 24 2017; and has been excluded for at least 5 years to request reinstatement. The process for requesting reinstatement will be to complete and submit a form available only from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Individuals who complete this application must wait for written confirmation that they have been reinstated before re-entering the wagering area or gaming floor of a casino. Expect this process to take at least 1-2 weeks.

Do casinos' in-house forms automatically transfer to the statewide exclusion program?

No. If a person signs a single casino’s in-house voluntary self-exclusion form, he/she does not automatically become enrolled in the statewide exclusion program. The above statewide form must be completed and turned in to be banned from all of Iowa's commercial casinos.

Iowa's Self-Exclusion Program

Self-Exclusion Form

To go through the self-exclusion process, go to the IRGC's website and fill out the form as directed.

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