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How to file a certificate of authority Iowa

Step by step guidance to file an application for Certificate of Authority in Iowa as an out-of-state entity
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Posted On : Wed Jan 25th,2017

Step by step guidance to file an application for Certificate of Authority in Iowa as an out-of-state entity

What is a Certificate of Authority Iowa?

Iowa certificate of authority is obtained to transact business other than the home state to expand business.

Iowa Foreign Entity Name availability

  • Check name availability to do business in the state of Iowa to create an out-of-state entity.
  • Obtain a fictitious name with the county, if entity name is not available to conduct business in Iowa. The approved trade name certificate will go along with the application for certificate of authority Iowa.

Do I need to get a certificate of status from home state?

  • Obtain a certificate of existence or certificate of good standing from the home state to confirm, the corporation or a limited liability company is registered in the home state and in a full compliance. If the entity is admin dissolved or in a bad standing, it must be reinstated before applying to the secretary of state Iowa. It should not be ninety days older.


How much is the state filing fee for Iowa secretary of state to file a Certificate of Authority?

The filing fee $100.00will be sent to the secretary of state.


Who must sign the application of certificate of authority Iowa?

 The application must be signed by the officer or the members of the entity.


Can you choose a different business structure to register a foreign entity in Iowa?

The same structure will be filed as it is registered in the home state, means you cannot file a corporation if your entity is registered as a Limited Liability Company in home state or vice versa.


How long does state of Iowa take to register an Out-of-State entity in Iowa?

The Iowa secretary of state generally takes seven to ten working days to process the application.


Do you have to get a new Employer Identification Number to open a branch office in Iowa?

Home state entity's Employer Identification Number will be used to open a bank account or filing taxes.

How to maintain a Foreign Entity Iowa?

  • Filing a foreign entity annual report to avoid admin dissolution in Iowa.
  • File yearly state taxes
  • File termination of the Iowa foreign entity if you are no longer in business.

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