Iowa LLC Biennial Report

Last updated on November 25, 2022

LLC formed in Iowa needs to file a report with the state biennially i.e, once every 2 years. Read about how to file this report.

File report online

Visit the official state government’s website to submit biennial report online.

Visit Iowa official website
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What is an LLC?

Limited Liability Company

LLC is a business entity in the U.S that provides limited liability to its members. It has characteristics from both corporation and sole proprietorship. LLCs are permitted under State statutes of each US state.

Limited liability

Personal assets are protected for people with limited liability when they are sued.


A business entity that can issue shares and give limited liability to shareholders.


Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. They own membership interest in the LLC.

Sole proprietorship

Where an individual engages in business activity without formal organization.

Why file the report?

Iowa LLC Biennial Report

Biennial report is used to keep an LLC’s contact information up to the date with the State and to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing with the state. .

Filed once in 2 years

Every registered entity must file this report once every 2 years.

Business activity information

Report is mainly used for providing the details of Nature of business activity.

File online or via mail

Biennial reports can be filed either online or by mail.

Change in address

You can change your Principal business address by updating it on the biennial report when it is due.

Iowa actions

Here are some of the actions business owners can take in Iowa:

How to file Biennial report in Iowa?

Follow these steps:

1. Visit official website

Every LLC has to file a biennial report once every 2 years. The biennial report must be submitted between January 1 and April 1 of the following odd-numbered years after the year your LLC was founded.


biennially by April 1

Head over to Iowa’s official website to file this report.

Filing fee


The Biennial Report must be postmarked, complete and compliant, before April 1 to avoid issues.

LLC Biennial Report

Every LLC has to file this report in Iowa to stay compliant with the state laws.

Filing Biennial Report

Iowa LLC is expected to file this report biennially

  • File it online on Iowa Secretary of State website


Online fee


Online processing time


Failure to pay

Iowa does not charge late fees if you miss your filing deadline but may administratively dissolve your LLC after a few months for failure to file a biennial report.

Certificate of Organization

In Iowa, Certificate of Organization is the form you file with the Secretary of State to form an LLC. It contains the articles of formation for the LLC.

Filing Certificate of Organization

There are a couple of ways to file

  • File it online on Iowa Secretary of State website


  • Mail a form to the state department



Lucas State Office Building

321 E 12th St

Des Moines, IA 50319

Online fee


Online processing time

1 hour

Mailing fee


Mail processing time

2 weeks


Since Iowa does not have a standard Certificate of Organization to file by mail, you should draft one based on the guidelines mentioned in the PDF.

Entity name

Every LLC should have a unique name in Iowa. Iowa maintains a list of names of entities in the state. Go through it to check if your chosen name is available.

Search for names

Go to the official website of the Iowa business entities search tool to see if the name you want is available.

Searching fee



You can reserve a name for your LLC for a specific duration by paying reservation fees to the Iowa business services. You will have to file your LLC formation documents within this period to keep the name. Alternatively, you can directly go ahead with the LLC formation without any reservation. That's fine too.

Reservation fee


Reservation period

120 days

LLC naming guidelines

The name you choose for your LLC must the official naming guidelines.

Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:

  • 1

    The name of a limited liability company must contain the words “limited liability company” or “limited company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.”, “LLC”, “L.C.”, or “LC”. “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.”, and “company” may be abbreviated as “Co.”

  • 2

    Don’t include terms that indicate that you are doing an activity that you are not authorised to do.

  • 3

    Your name should be ‘distinguishable’ in the Secretary of State records. Adding a punctuation or ‘the’ does not make it distinguishable.

  • 4

    Don’t use words that makes it seems like you are a governmental entity or has an affiliation.

Frequently asked questions

LLC annual report in Iowa

It is very important to maintain full compliance in Iowa. Filing these reports helps you protect your personal assets by maintaining limited liability and also to be in good standing with the state. Read our guides to learn how to start and manage a business in Iowa.

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