Iowa Secretary of State


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Contact Information

Physical address:
First Floor, Lucas Building
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: 515-281-5204

Web: Home Name search Forms File online
Email: sos@sos.iowa.gov

Corporate Filings

We track the following filings with the Iowa Secretary of State in order to provide compliance services to our clients. We share this reference information with the general public as a courtesy. As a registered agent client, you get access to state templates pre-filled with our company information to help you save time looking up information.

Application for Certificate of Authority

Agency:Iowa Secretary of State
Form:

Application for Certificate of Authority

Agency Fee:

$100

Law:

IA Code § 490.1503

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence dated within 90 days.

Fact Checked:3/25/21

Biennial Report

Agency:Iowa Secretary of State
Form:

Available Online

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

By April 1 of odd-numbered years.

Law:

Iowa Code § 504.1613

Penalties:

No late fee. Your business can be dissolved or revoked within a few months.

Notes:
  • Anyone with authority may file.
  • Original signatures are not required.
Fact Checked:1/11/21

Certificate of Existence

Agency:Iowa Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online only

Agency Fee:

$5

Fact Checked:3/23/21

Fictitious Name or Trade Name

Agency:Iowa Secretary of State
Form:

Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$5

Is registration mandatory?:

Registration of a fictitious name is required for most entities that plan to use an assumed name. Sole-proprietorships and general partnerships that use an alternate name are required to file with the county recorder.

County Level Filing:

Only sole-proprietorships and general partnerships need to file at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

Registration of an assumed name does not confer ownership rights.

Notes:
  • Publication of registration is not required in Iowa.
Fact Checked:3/17/17

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