Iowa Business Entity Search (LLC, Corporation, Partnership)

Iowa (IA) State ShapeLooking for information on how to search for a business entity in the state of Iowa?

Yes? We’ve got you covered.

In this tutorial, we’ll be sharing how to find information about any LLC, Corporation or Partnership registered in the state.

Records of all the business entities incorporated in Iowa can be found on the Secretary of State website. Iowa SOS maintains an online searchable database of all the registered businesses in the state.

Information on Corporations, LLCs, Partnership, and Trusts registered in the state can be found online.

Before we go ahead with the search, here some of the points you should know:

What can the Business Entity search reveal?

Primarily the search can help in checking business name availability in the state. One can also find information about any business such as officer(s) name, filed documents, registered agent, previous name and address of the business using the search. Finally, business owners/registered agent can obtain official documents using the search.

On this page, we have provided detailed instructions on how to conduct a business entity search on Iowa secretary of state website.

Iowa Secretary of State Business Entity Search

There are two ways to search for any business in Iowa:

  1. By Business Name (Useful for checking business name availability)
  2. By Business Number

By Business Name

If you would like to search for any business or corporation by name, use this search. Follow the guide below:

Step 1: Open Iowa Business Entities search page (will open in new tab).
Step 2: Enter the name of the business you’re looking for in the text field. You can either search by partial or complete name of the business.

Search tips

  • Enter as many letters of the search term as possible. Entering few letters would make the search query too broad. For example if you search ‘Plumber’ it would return all the business names containing the term ‘plumber’ like “PLUMBERS SUPPLY COMPANY “, and “PLUMBERRY’S, INC.”
  • The search is case insensitive
  • Common punctuations such comma, period, brackets etc are ignored.
  • Don’t include business designators like LLC, LLP, Corporation etc.

You also have the option to limit the results per page. I personally recommend to keep it at 20.

Search results are capped maximum 1000 result per query. So make sure your query is accurate to limit the search results.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.
Step 4: On the next page, you will able to view the list of companies completely or partially matching the text you entered.

Following information about each business is shown:

  • Business No.
  • Name
  • Status
  • Type

Step 5: Select the business you’re looking for by clicking on the corresponding business number.
Step 6: On the next page, you will be able to view the complete information about the business:

Business No.Business ID number
Legal NameRegistered Entity Name
StatusStatus of the Business – Active/Inactive
  • AI – Authorized Indistinguishable
  • DF – Domestic Fictitious
  • F – Former Name
  • FA – Former Assumed Name
  • FF – Foreign Fictitious
  • FN – Fictitious Name
  • I – Identifying
  • L – Legal
  • LF – Legal – Foreign Using Fictitious
  • R – Reserved
  • RG – Registered
  • RN – Reserved – NonProfit
  • RP – Reserved – Profit
  • RU – Registered (if real is unavailable)
  • T – Temporary
State of Inc.State of Incorporation
ModifiedChange in Business name or type – Yes/No
Expiration DateBusiness Expiry Date – Date or Perpetual
Effective DateDate of Business formation
Filing DateDate of filing of documents for business formation
ChapterBusiness Chapter Code – LLC/Profit/Non-Profit etc.

Current Name/Previous History of Names of the Business

TypeLegal/Fictitious name
StatusStatus – Active/Inactive
ModifiedChange in name – Yes/No
NameName of the Business

Registered Agent or Reserving Party

Full NameRegistered Agent Name
AddressCommunication Address 
Address 22nd Line of Address
City, State, ZipCity, State, Zip

Home Office Information

Full NameName
AddressOffice Address
Address 22nd Line of Address
City, State, ZipCity, State, Zip

Additionally, you can also request for the certificate of existence, view filing history, view company officers and check common stock allocation.

By Business Number

Each business registered with the Iowa Secretary of State is allotted a unique ID. Using the ID one can directly query the business information.

Follow the guide:

Step 1: Open Iowa SOS business search page.
Step 2: Enter the ID number in the text field. Don’t include any space or dash in the search string.
Step 3: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.
Step 4: On the next page, you will be able to view complete information about the business.

In case the ID is invalid you will receive an error ‘Sorry, no results. Search again’.

IA Secretary of State Contact Information

AddressFirst Floor, Lucas Building
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Contact Number
  • General: 515-281-5204
  • Fax: 515-242-5953
Social MediaTwitter / FB
Office Hours8AM – 5 PM (Mon to Fri)
Sat/Sun – Closed

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Last Updated on: 28/03/2019