646 666 9601 [email protected]

The Iowa Certificate of Organization is the LLC form that you must complete and submit with the state in order to create an LLC.

Organization's Llc Articles
It is simple to get an Iowa Certificate of Organization!

We’ll walk you through the three simple processes of submitting the Iowa LLC Articles of Organization.

Get Your Organizational Certificate Forms

Fill out the Organizational Certificate

File the Organizational Certificate

Step 1: Obtain Your Organizational Certificate Forms

You are free to generate and submit your own hard copy. Iowa Organizational Certificate

Step two: Fill out the Organizational Certificate

We will assist you with completing the Iowa Certificate of Organization in this phase.

To complete each step, you will need to know the following information:

Name and address of the entity

Name of the Registered Agent and the Address of the Registered Office

Dates of Inception and Expiration

Name and address of the entity

A unique and clever company name is crucial, but it is not as necessary as a legally valid name.

When selecting a name for your company, you must ensure that the name:

Meets Iowa naming standards.

Is not already in use by another Iowa firm

Stick to the Iowa Naming Guidelines:

Your name must include one of the words or acronyms listed below: limited liability company, limited company, L. L. C., LLC, L. C., or LC. “Limited” may be shortened to “Ltd.” while “business” can be shortened to “Co.”

Your LLC’s name cannot include terms that may be confused with a government organisation (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).

Certain prohibited terms (e.g., bank, attorney, university) may need extra documentation and the participation of a licenced professional in certain jurisdictions.

Your name must be distinct from any other current company in the state. This lists reserved names in Iowa.

Examine Name Availability:


Is your name available for use in Iowa? Check the Iowa Secretary of State’s website to see if the name you choose isn’t already taken.

Obtain a Domain Name:

We suggest that you check to see whether your company’s name is accessible as a web domain. Even if you don’t intend to create a company website right away, you may wish to purchase the URL to prevent others from doing so.

Registered Office and Registered Agent

A registered agent receives and transmits legal paperwork on behalf of your LLC. When you form your Iowa LLC, you must provide your registered agent and registered office address. Your registered agent may be anybody over the age of 18 who resides in Iowa. It may seem straightforward, but your registered agent must always be accessible at the registered office during normal work hours.

Step 3: Submit the Organizational Certificate.

You must submit the Certificate of Organization with the Secretary of State to register your LLC. This may be done through email, mail, or fax.
Following the Official Formation of Your Iowa LLC

After you’ve submitted your Certificate of Organization, you should do the following:

Make a Business Agreement

Obtain an EIN

Establish a Business Bank Account

Purchase Licenses and Permits

Make a Business Agreement

An Iowa LLC Operating Agreement is a legal document that details your LLC’s ownership structure and member functions.

Although an Operating Agreement is not necessary in Iowa to incorporate an LLC, it is a good idea to have one. You may begin working on your operating agreement before, during, or after filing your Certificate of Organization.

Your operating agreement will be held in the private business records of your LLC; you will not submit it with the state

Obtain an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is your LLC’s equivalent of a social security number. If you want to recruit staff or create company bank accounts, you’ll need an EIN.

You may get your EIN for free by using the IRS website, fax, or mail. Read our What is an EIN article to discover more about EINs and how they might benefit your LLC.

Establish a Business Bank Account

It is critical to use specific business banking and credit accounts to safeguard your company’s corporate veil. When you combine your personal and company accounts, your personal assets (house, vehicle, and other possessions) are at danger if your LLC is sued.

Purchase Licenses and Permits

When forming an LLC, you should consider if your company requires any licences or permissions to operate legally. On the federal level, a few corporate operations need licences and/or permissions.

Learn how to secure the licences and permissions required for your company, or hire an expert to handle it for you:

Federal: For federal business licences and permits, see the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

State: Contact the Iowa Department of Revenue to apply for or learn more about licences, permits, and registration.

Local: Inquire with your county clerk regarding local licences and permissions.