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How to Reinstate an Iowa LLC

To revive an Iowa LLC, you’ll need to file the Application for Reinstatement with the Iowa Secretary of State. You’ll also have to fix the issues that led to your Iowa LLC’s dissolution and pay a $5 filing fee. Below, we provide a free, step-by-step guide to reinstating your Iowa LLC.

Revive Or Reinstate An Iowa LLC

The Iowa Secretary of State has the power to administratively dissolve your Iowa LLC if you fail to do any of the following:

  • file biennial reports for 60 days
  • appoint and maintain a registered agent
  • properly file paperwork to change registered agent information

In order to get back into business again, you can apply for reinstatement. To revive or reinstate your Iowa LLC, you’ll need to submit the following to the Iowa Secretary of State:

  • the Application for Reinstatement
  • a Statement of Change to change/update your registered agent, if needed
  • any delinquent biennial reports
  • all fees and penalties

You’ll also need to make sure you’re current on taxes.

What information do I need for the Iowa Application for Reinstatement?

To file the Application for Reinstatement, you’ll need to list the name of your LLC, the date of administrative dissolution, a new name (if needed), your FEIN, and your Iowa state sales tax permit number.

The form also includes a statement affirming that you’ve corrected the issues that led to administrative dissolution. The form can be signed by any person authorized to act on the LLC’s behalf, including a member, manager, or registered agent.

How do I file the Iowa Application for Reinstatement?

You can submit the Iowa Application for Reinstatement to the Iowa SOS by fax, mail, or in person. You cannot file the Application for Reinstatement online. You can pay by credit card, cash, or check (payable to “Secretary of State”).

How much will it cost to revive an Iowa LLC?

The filing fee for an Application for Reinstatement is only $5.00. If you’re behind on biennial reports, you’ll have to pay to file those ($60 for paper, $45 for online).

How long does it take Iowa process the Iowa Application for Reinstatement?

It takes Iowa about four weeks to process faxed or mailed reinstatement filings.

If you file in person with the Business Services Division, they will expedite processing for free. It usually takes 1-2 hours.

Can you change your registered agent on the Iowa Reinstatement?

You can’t change your Iowa registered agent on the Application for Reinstatement. However, you can change your registered agent by filing a Statement of Change of Registered Office and/or Registered Agent when you file your reinstatement form.

How long do you have to revive an Iowa LLC?

You can revive a business in Iowa at any time. However, after five years, your name becomes available for other companies to adopt.

What if another company has adopted my name?

If another company adopted your name while your Iowa LLC was dissolved, you won’t be able to use it anymore. You can change your name on the Iowa Application for Reinstatement.

Where do I submit my Iowa Application for Reinstatement?

Reinstatement applications are processed by the Iowa Secretary of State. You can’t file the Application for Reinstatement online.

Mailed and In-Person Filings:

Business Services Division
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319

Faxed Filings:

(515) 242-5953

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