Iowa Business Entity & Corporation Search

Iowa (IA) State ShapeIowa Secretary of State maintains an online searchable database of all the business entities registered in the state. The search provides access to the information such as officer(s) name, filed documents, registered agent, previous name and address of the business. The functionality is freely available on the secretary of state website and is updated weekly.

The SOS keeps records of the following business structures:

  • Limited Liability Company (Domestic / Foreign)
  • General Partnership
  • Limited Partnership (Domestic / Foreign)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (Domestic / Foreign)
  • For-Profit Corporation (Domestic / Foreign)
  • Nonprofit Corporation (Domestic / Foreign)
  • Professional Corporation (Domestic / Foreign)

Conducting business entity search can be helpful in many ways like finding the current status of a business or checking if the name is available for registration or not. On this page, we have given detailed instructions on how to conduct a business entity search on Iowa secretary of state website.

Iowa Business Entity Search

There are 2 ways to search for any business entity in Iowa:

  1. By Business Name
  2. By Business Number

 Search 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 (a new tab will open).
Step 2: Enter the business name in the text field. You can search by partial or full name of the business.

Search tips

  • You may search by entering few letters but in that case the results would be very broad. The more letter you enter, the more accurate the results are. For example if you search ‘Plumber’ it would return “PLUMBERS SUPPLY COMPANY “, and “PLUMBERRY’S, INC.”
  • The search is case insensitive
  • Common punctuations such comma, period, brackets etc are ignored.
  • Don’t include terms such LLC, LLP, Corporation etc.

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

The search result will yield maximum 1000 results. For fetching further results, contact SOS support.

Step 3: Click on ‘Search‘ button.
Step 4: On the next page, you will able to view the list of companies completely or partially matching the text you previously entered. Each business entity will be shown with the following data:

  • Business No.
  • Name
  • Status
  • Type

Step 5: Select the business entity and click on the corresponding business number.
Step 6: On the next page, you will be able to view the following information about the business:

Business No.Business Entity 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 Entity

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

 Search by Business Number

Each business registered with Iowa secretary of state is allotted a unique ID. Using the ID one can directly find the information currently available in SOS database. Follow the guide below to search for business based on ID.

Step 1: Open Iowa secretary of state business entity page.
Step 2: Enter the ID number in the text field. Please don’t include any space or dash in the search string.
Step 3: Click on ‘Search‘ button.
Step 4: On the next page, you will be able to view the business entity information. In case the ID is invalid you will receive an error ‘Sorry, no results. Search again’.

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: 05/10/2018