Step 1 – Go to the Iowa Secretary of State.
Step 2 – In Iowa, you are able to search the Secretary of State’s database by either the LLC’s name or number. The most common way is to search by name and it is highly recommended that you are as detailed as possible because the database will pull every entity with your keywords typed.
For our example, we are going to type in the term ‘iowa’.
Step 3 – You are now on the business entities results page. Find the company you were looking for on this page. In addition to the name, you are also able to view the company’s status, business name, and type. Choose to see more information by clicking on the business number.
Step 4 – Now you are able to view all the LLC information on file with the Secretary of State including: Registered Agent Name, Registered Agent Address, Principal Office Address, Filings, Officers, Members (owners), and the types of Shares rendered.
How to Create a Company in Iowa
Step 1 – Download the Articles of Organization below or fill out online.
Domestic – $50 – Most popular, for a company that will have an office address in Iowa.
Foreign – $100 – For a company located outside of the State and would like to do business in Iowa.
Step 2 – If filing online, pay the filing fee at the completion of the form. If you decide on a paper filing, attach a check with the document and mail to:
Regular Filing (non expedite)
P.O. Box 670
Columbus, OH 43216
Step 3 – You will need to get a EIN Number if you would like to open a bank account in the name of your company. Apply Online and you will get a number upon completion.
Reserve a Company Name Online
Step 1 – Download and complete the Application for Reservation of Name.
Step 2 – Attach the filing fee of $10 and send to the Secretary of State at:
Business Services Division
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines,Iowa 50319