How To Form LLC in Iowa

Iowa offers a search function to individuals to navigate through their business entity database. Business searches is part of the filing process acting as a cross-reference to check the desired name availability. Users can use the business search function to gain access to a given entity’s Certificate of Existence. For more information on performing a business search in Iowa, go through our step-by-step tutorial.

Step 1: It is recommended that filers perform a Business Entity Search prior to filing to check the availability of their desired name. It is possible to secure the rights to a business name for 120 days by filing an Application for Name Reservation ($10).

Step 2: You  need to supply the requisite filing information into the PDF application, or  draft your own document pursuant to state guidelines. You ca  select any of the below links which corresponds with your business type to learn more about the exact filing requirements.

Limited Liability Company

Domestic Standard Limited Liability Company
Domestic Professional Limited Liability Company
Foreign Standard Limited Liability Company
Foreign Professional Limited Liability Company

Step 3: The Secretary of State provides the forms for many of the entities, however as a filer, there are a significant portion which require you to draft your own filing document pursuant only to loose guidelines provided by the state. If you represent a foreign entity, attach a certificate of good standing or an analogous document from your entity’s initial jurisdiction.

Step 4: You need to pay for your filing. Individuals filing online need to pay by credit card as they submit their filing. Individuals applying through the mail will need to attach either a check made out to the Secretary of State for the appropriate fee amount or a completed credit card authorization form to their filing package and submit it to the following address:

Secretary of State
Business Services Division Lucas Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

FILING FEES Of Entities:


Domestic Cooperative Corporation: $20
Domestic Non-Profit Corporation:   $20
Domestic Professional Corporation: $50
Domestic Profit Corporation:             $50
Foreign Non-Profit Corporation:      $25
Foreign Professional Corporation:  $100
Foreign Profit Corporation:              $100

Limited Liability Company

Domestic Standard Limited Liability Company:       $50
Domestic Professional Limited Liability Company: $50
Foreign Standard Limited Liability Company:         $100
Foreign Professional Limited Liability Company:   $100


Domestic Limited Partnership:                 $100
Foreign Limited Partnership:                    $100
Domestic Limited Liability Partnership: $50
Foreign Limited Liability Partnership:    $100