A Registered Agent in Iowa provides various services, such as accepting formal documents and correspondence from the IA Secretary of State.
Your corporation must have Iowa Registered Agent services at all times. You appoint one when you first form your business. You can also replace your existing agent after formation, provided there is no period during which your business is without a Registered Agent.
The address for your Registered Agent in Iowa doesn't need to be the same as your business address. In fact, you can use a Iowa virtual mailbox for your business address.
Important: A virtual mailbox is not a replacement for a Registered Agent. They perform two separate functions and per IA corporation law, you are required to have a Registered Agent.
What Iowa Registered Agents Do
A Registered Agent’s primary function is to accept official communications, correspondence and documentation, including but not limited to:
- State and federal government correspondence and notices
- Service of process notices (e.g., if your corporation is sued or required to appear in court)
- Correspondence from the IA Secretary of State
- Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports
Having a Registered Agent also allows you to prove to the state that your business exists.
Incfile Provides Free Iowa Registered Agent Services for the First Year
Incfile provides complete Iowa Registered Agent services for any corporation formed in the state. Even better, if you form your corporation through Incfile, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that.
Incfile is authorized to conduct business in Iowa and able to legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what our Iowa Registered Agent services include:
Appointing a Registered Agent for Your Corporation
When you initially form an Iowa State corporation, you must appoint a Registered Agent at that time. You can change the agent at any time after that. Here’s how.
Assign a Registered Agent When You Form Your Corporation
Your business needs to have a Registered Agent as soon as it’s formed. You can do this two ways:
When you create your business, you must include your Registered Agent's information in your Articles of Incorporation.
If you form your business through us, you’ll get our Registered Agent service free for one year. We’ll use the information you provide to complete and file your Articles of Incorporation for you.
Assign a New Registered Agent After Incorporation
You may choose to assign someone else as your Registered Agent in Iowa after you’ve incorporated. There are a couple of ways to do this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, you can complete the Statement of Change form available on the Secretary of State website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the IA Secretary of State. There is no filing fee to update your records.
When you use our Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect the pertinent information about your business, complete the form and send it to the IA Secretary of State on your behalf. We’ll notify you when we officially become your Registered Agent.
IA Registered Agent Search
In some situations, you may need to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents other IA corporations. You'll find this information in the state's business database.
If you can’t find the Registered Agent information there, you can request it from the Secretary of State.
What Happens If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent?
Acting as Your Own Registered Agent
You may elect to be the Registered Agent for your Iowa corporation if you have a business office in the state. There are some drawbacks to this approach:
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FAQs About Iowa Registered Agents
Yes. All business entities are required to have a service of process agent (Registered Agent). This is mandated by the Iowa SOS. You'll find more information above.
You must assign a Registered Agent when you form your business with the Secretary of State. You can change your agent afterward by filing the correct form. If you form your business through Incfile, we’ll file all the necessary forms on your behalf. You'll find more information above.
Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above.
Yes. And if you use a company as your Registered Agent, that company must be legally able to conduct business in the state. You'll find more information above.