Iowa DBA / Fictitious Name / Trade Name Registrations
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.
Iowa General Business Licenses
Iowa Fictitious Name Resolution
Mail or online
|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.
Renewal Not Required
Registrations do not currently expire.