Iowa Secretary of State

Please Note

We are a service company that can help you file with the Iowa Secretary of State. We are not associated with this nor any other government agency. We offer paid services and software to help you file. You are not required to purchase our service to file - you may file directly with this agency without using our service.

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

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

Application for Certificate of Authority

Agency Fee:



IA Code § 490.1503

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence dated within 90 days.

Biennial Report

Agency:Iowa Secretary of State

Available online. Click on the no account required option, search for your entity record, then select "File by Paper" to obtain a printable form.

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:



By April 1 of odd-numbered years. Reports may be filed as early as January 1.


Iowa Code § 504.1613


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

  • Anyone with authority may file.
  • Original signatures are not required.

Certificate of Existence

Agency:Iowa Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online only

Agency Fee:


Fictitious Name


Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:


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.

  • Publication of registration is not required in Iowa.

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