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Search for and Register Your LLC Name with the Iowa Secretary of State

Whether you’re searching for the right Iowa business name or registering your LLC with the IA Secretary of State, we can help. We’ve got all the information you need on an Iowa business entity search, LLC naming rules, fictitious names and registering your business.

Iowa Secretary of State Business Searches for LLCs

You need to check whether there’s already another Iowa LLC registered with your desired business name. That means searching the Iowa Secretary of State website using their business entity search tool. You can easily look up IA LLCs and corporations by name and other details.

If the business name is already used, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try running an LLC search for a different business name instead.

Iowa Secretary of State Business Name Search Tool

Iowa Secretary of State Rules for Naming Your LLC

Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Iowa Secretary of State naming rules. These do vary from state to state — we’ve got general naming rules below, as well as naming rules specific to LLC businesses formed in IA.

DBA/Fictitious Names in Iowa

You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Iowa, doing business under a different name is known as a “Fictitious Name.” You might choose to use a different name from your formal IA LLC name for a variety of reasons.

For example, your LLC might be called Iowa Recycling Holding Company LLC and you provide services as New Bins Composting and Recycling. You should file a fictitious name to let the Iowa Secretary of State know. In Iowa, you do that through a fictitious name form or you can have Incfile file it on your behalf through our Fictitious Business Name service.

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Register Your Business Name with the Iowa Secretary of State

Once you’ve searched for your Iowa business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether you need a fictitious name, you can register your IA LLC name. There are a couple of ways to do this.

  • 1

    If you don’t want to form your Iowa LLC right now, you can reserve the business name with the Iowa Secretary of State. You will need to complete an Application for Reservation of Name and file it with the IA SOS. You do not need to reserve a name if you are forming your business right away.


    Iowa SOS LLC Name Reservation Form

  • 2

    If you’re ready to start your Iowa LLC, you can formally file your Certificate of Organization with the Iowa SOS, or let Incfile take care of it for you.

FAQs on Naming Your Iowa LLC

You might find the following answers useful.

Useful Resources for Naming Your Iowa LLC

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Trademarks and Service Marks

You must be careful that your Iowa LLC name does not infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to make sure your proposed business name does not infringe is to carry out a trademark search through Incfile. If it doesn’t infringe, you can even register it as a trademark yourself.

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Find the Perfect Name for Your Iowa LLC

The perfect business name can be elusive. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but basically, you'll want to choose a name that will:

  • Appeal to your customers
  • Be memorable enough to stand out
  • Best represent your product or services
  • Not be used by another business
Incfile Guide to Choosing a Business Name

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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

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