Iowa Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

Registration requirements for Iowa business entities

Business entities that plan to use a name other than their legal business name may need to register an assumed name. Assumed name registration can take place at the state, local, or state and local levels of government. State specific registration information is available below.

Initial Application for Registration

Agency:Iowa Secretary of State

Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name

Filing method:


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.

Renewal Filing

Not required

More information: Iowa Secretary of State
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