Your Iowa Registered Agent provides various services, including the acceptance of formal documents and communications with the Iowa SOS.
Your LLC must have a Registered Agent at all times. You’ll appoint one when you first formally register and start your business. You can also replace your existing Iowa Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new agents.
Note that the address for your Iowa Registered Agent does not need to be the same as your Iowa LLC business address.
What an Iowa Registered Agent Does
A Registered Agent’s main function in Iowa is to accept official documentation and correspondence.
Having a Registered Agent also provides proof to the state that your business exists.
Incfile Provides Free Iowa Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Incfile provides complete Iowa Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s formed in the state. Even better, if you’ve formed your business 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 can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what our Registered Agent service provides:
Appointing a Registered Agent Service for Your LLC
When you first register and form your LLC, you must appoint a Registered Agent. You can change it at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Assign a Registered Agent When You Form Your LLC
Your business needs to have a Registered Agent as soon as it’s formed. You can do this two ways:
When you formally create your business, you’re required to include details of your Registered Agent in your Certificate of Organization.
Establish your business through us, and you’ll get a free year of our Registered Agent Service. We’ll also complete and file your Certificate of Organization for you with the information that you provide.
Assign a Different Registered Agent After Formation
After you’ve formed your LLC, you can still assign someone else to be your Iowa Registered Agent. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, file the change with the Iowa Secretary of State. Once you’ve filed the change, the SOS will review and update your records. There is no fee by the SOS to make this change.
When you use our Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete the form on your behalf and then send it to the Iowa Secretary of State. When we officially become your Registered Agent, we’ll let you know.
Iowa Registered Agent Search
In certain situations, it may be useful to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another LLC in Iowa. You can search the Iowa SOS’ business database to discover this information.
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 can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC if you have a physical address in Iowa. There can be some drawbacks to this approach:
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FAQs About Iowa Registered Agents
Yes. Most business entities (including LLCs) in the state are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Iowa Secretary of State. Find more information above.
You must assign a Registered Agent when you first register and form your Iowa 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 your state. You'll find more information above.