How to reinstate an Iowa Limited Liability Company:
It is really cheap and easy to continue your administratively dissolved LLC. An Iowa LLC that has been administratively dissolved may apply for reinstatement any time after dissolution. Simply submit one copy of the Iowa Application for Reinstatement to the Iowa Secretary of State, Business Services Division (SOS). Official SOS forms must be used for reinstatement. An Iowa LLC that was dissolved for failure to submit the biennial report and/or fees must submit all the delinquent reports and fees with the application. The Iowa SOS accepts documents for filing by mail, by fax, or in person. Make checks for fees payable to the Secretary of State.
Secretary of State
Business Services Division
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Fax: (515) 281-7142 or (515) 242-5953
Do you need a tax clearance letter to reinstate an Iowa LLC?
Reinstatement does require clearance from the Department of Revenue and the Department of Workforce Development. However, the Secretary of State will contact both departments and if you are delinquent, the SOS will not reinstate your LLC until you remedy the delinquency.
How much will it cost to revive an Iowa LLC?
The application to reinstate your Iowa LLC only costs $5.
You will also have to pay any delinquent biennial report fees, which are $45 each.
How long does it take the state to process the filing?
Usually processing takes 1-2 days, right now it is taking about 2-3 days.
If you walk in your documents you can request to have them processed while you wait.
How long does your Iowa LLC have to be inactive with the state before you wouldn't have any fees, and would just have to start over with a new Iowa LLC?
There is no limit on the reinstatement period for Iowa LLCs, so you can reinstate your company for just $5 plus biennial report fees at any time. If the application for reinstatement is submitted to the SOS more than five years after the effective date of the administrative dissolution, your name is no longer protected and you will have to choose a name that is not being used by someone else.
You can start a new Iowa LLC anytime, but you can’t use the same name unless it has been at least five years. The exception is that if you formally dissolve the administratively dissolved LLC by filing with the SOS. Then the name would become available immediately. The filing fee for a new Certificate of Organization is $50
Can you change your Iowa registered agent at the same time on the Iowa reinstatement?
You can't change your Iowa LLCs registered agent when you apply for reinstatement. There is no place on the reinstatement form to change the Iowa registered agent. If you were dissolved for failure to maintain an Iowa registered agent, you must include a change of agent form and fees with the application.
Can you change your principal address at the same time on the Iowa reinstatement form?
The Iowa reinstatement application does not give you the option of changing your principal address at the time of reinstatement.
Can you change your members and/or managers at the same time on the Iowa reinstatement form?
The Application for Reinstatement does not give you the option of changing your members or managers at the time of reinstatement.
How many biennial reports can you miss before you can't revive your Iowa LLC?
There is no limit to the reinstatement period, so an Iowa LLC could reinstate, even after missing several biennial reports.