Category Archives: Iowa Secretary of State (SOS) Taxable Business Entity Search

Search the Iowa Secretary of State’s Business Entity Database by Name or Number. Search for Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Limited Partnerships (LP), and Limited Liability Partnerships.

Iowa Secretary of State Corporation Entity Search

Step 1 – Go to the Iowa Secretary of State.

Step 2 – Search the database by either the corporation name or number. The most popular way is to type in the name of the entity, but you want to make sure you type in as many matching keywords as possible. The database will pull all records that match your selected terms.

Step 3 – After pressing the search button you will be brought to the results page. Depending on how unique your terms were, you will see a preview of the entity’s: business number, name, status with the Secretary of State, and the type. Click on the business number to see further details.

Step 4 – You have completed your search and are able to view your corporation’s: incorporation date, effective date, filing date, expiration date, principal office address, registered agent name and address, previous filings, fictitious names (if any), officers, and the type of stock/shares.

How to Create a Corporation in Iowa
Step 1 – Fill out the Articles of Incorporation online.

Step 2 – Pay the $50 filing fee.

Step 3Apply for an EIN number after successful formation so that you may be able to open a bank account in the name of the corporation.

Reserve a Business Name

Step 1 – Download and complete the Application for Reservation of Name.

Step 2 – Attach the $10 filing fee and send to:
Business Services Division
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Iowa Secretary of State LLC Search & Lookup

Step 1 – Go to the Iowa Secretary of State.

Iowa Business Entities Search

Iowa Business Entities Search

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’.

Iowa Business Entities Results

Iowa Business Entities Results

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.

Business Entity Summary Page

Business Entity Summary Page

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

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