Education about Iowa Certified Copies
What are Iowa certified copies?
Iowa certified copies are a true and correct copy of business filings, which can obtained from the Iowa Secretary of State. Articles of incorporation are the most commonly certified document. Articles of amendment or annual reports may also be certified.
The Iowa Secretary of State issues certified copies with an endorsement, stamp, or certificate. Certified copies are sometimes required to secure a bank loan, apply for a certificate of authority, and obtain business licenses.
What documents can be certified?
You can typically have most corporate filings certified, including:
- Articles of formation
- Articles of amendment
- Certificate of authority
- Annual filings, such as annual reports
- Fictitious name or DBA registration
- Dissolution and withdrawals
Where can I obtain Iowa certified copies?
Only the Iowa Secretary of State can issue Iowa certified copies. It is possible to obtain certified copies yourself using the contact information below.Iowa Secretary of State
First Floor, Lucas Building, 321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Name Search: http://sos.iowa.gov/search/business/(S(3llohx55fq4r02555yhyoveb))/search.aspx
Online Filing: https://sos.iowa.gov/file/origination/index.aspx