This webpage has been created to guide foreign LLC representatives through the entity registration process in Iowa. Individuals looking to extend an out-of-state or international LLC into this state will find all the pertinent information and requisite forms located within this page. To begin, select the following LLC type which corresponds with your entity’s structure to jump to its specific tutorial (fees listed):

Before attempting to draft or complete your filing form you will need to ensure the availability of your desired operating name. To do so, you can perform a search of the business database for your name. If you would like to reserve the name for 120 days ($10) you can learn how to do so here.

How to File a Standard LLC

Step 1- Individuals filing for a standard foreign LLC will need to download the Application for Certificate of Authority.

Step 2- Once the form has been downloaded, continue by providing the following information:

  • Name of LLC
  • LLC operating name in Iowa (if different)
  • Initial jurisdiction
  • Duration of LP
  • Registered agent address and name
  • Principle office address and Iowa office address
  • Operating agreement status
  • Deferred date (optional)
  • Signature, name, title and date of filing

ia-fllc-form-1Step 3- Now that you have completed the PDF application, you may supply it to the Secretary of State along with the filing fee. Review our filing instructions to learn about this process.

How to File a Professional LLC

Step 1- Individuals filing for a foreign professional LLC will, unfortunately, be required to draft their own filing form based off of the form-drafting guideline (489.802) supplied by the Secretary of State. Download the guidelines before proceeding.

Step 2- Next, you will need to include the following information on the document:

  • Name of LLC and alternate name
  • Operating name in initial jurisdiction
  • Principle office address
  • Registered agent name and address

ia-fpllc-form-1How to File (Online | Mail)

Step 1- You must, in order to file for the registration of a foreign LLC, have completed a filing form. For more information on the creation of this essential form please follow the link below which corresponds with your LLC type:

Step 2- Individuals filings through the mail should skip to Step 4. Online filers will need to now navigate to the online form filing portal and indicate the filing being made the method of payment. Next, submit the following data to start the filing process:

  • Filing party
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address


Individuals paying by credit card will have to enter the following data:

  • Company
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Card type
  • Expiration date
  • Card number


Individuals paying via a pre-existing account with the Secretary of State must input their account number, PIN, and invoice reference to complete the payment.


Step 3- You must now upload the aforementioned form and, after completing the CAPTCHA, select SEND to complete the filing process.


Step 4- To file by mail you must either attach a check for $100 made out to the Secretary of State or a completed credit card authorization form to your filing. Be sure to include your certificate of good standing as well and submit all filings to the following address:

Secretary of State

Business Services Division Lucas Building, 1st Floor

Des Moines, Iowa 50319


Renewal– To keep your foreign LLC in good standing you must file a biennial renewal either online ($30) or through the mail ($45) with the Secretary of State. Mail filers will have to draft their own biennial renewal by following the guidelines laid out in the 488.210 PDF form. Once completed, you will need to send the form along with a check made out to the Secretary of State or a completed credit card authorization form to the following address:

Secretary of State

Business Services Division Lucas Building, 1st Floor

Des Moines, Iowa 50319