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Incorporating a Corporation in Iowa

If you want to incorporate a corporation, Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required corporate paperwork and obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your corporation as required by the state law and help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Iowa requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any existing entitynames, reserved, or registered names. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets Iowa's standards.

Permitted designations: Iowa corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:
  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only.

Required documents: Articles of Incorporation.

Turnaround time: about 8-12 business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Minimum one director is required.

Director qualifications: Directors must be at least 18 years old. Iowa does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.

Appearance in articles: Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file biennial reports before April 1 on even numbered calendar years.

Turnaround time: 4 -6  business days.

Signatures: Only company officers are authorized to sign biennial reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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