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How To Resign As A Registered Agent In Iowa

To resign as a registered agent in Iowa, you must send a copy of a Statement of Resignation of Registered Agent by certified mail to the company from which you are resigning. Then, submit the original Statement of Resignation of Registered Agent to the Iowa Secretary of State, Business Services Division by mail, fax, online or in-person.

There is no fee to resign as a registered agent in Iowa, and online resignations are processed the same day they are received by the Secretary of State.

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The Steps To Resign As An Iowa Registered Agent:

  1. To resign, the Iowa registered agent must deliver a copy of their Statement of Resignation of Registered Agent to the company from which they are resigning. The official form from the Iowa Secretary of State must be used.
  2. Submit the original Statement of Resignation of Registered Agent to the Iowa Secretary of State, Business Services Division by mail, fax, online or in-person.

The Iowa registered agent’s resignation becomes effective upon filing with the Iowa Secretary of State, Business Services Division.

If the entity is not dissolving you’ll also need to change your Iowa registered agent to appoint your new agent. Need a new agent? Check out our registered agent service.

Items To Include On The Iowa Resignation Of Registered Agent

The official Statement of Resignation of Registered Agent form must be used, and the following must be on the form:

  • Statement:
    1. Name of business entity
    2. Principal office address
    3. Registered office address
    4. Name of registered agent
    5. A statement that the agent resigns
    6. Date on which resignation will become effective
    7. Indicate whether the registered office will also be discontinued
    8. Signature of registered agent
    9. Date the statement was signed
  • Certificate of Mailing:
    1. Name of registered agent
    2. Name of business entity
    3. Date the statement of resignation was mailed to the entity
    4. Indicate that the statement was sent to the business entity’s principal office
    5. Indicate that the statement was sent to the registered office if not discontinued
    6. Signature of registered agent
    7. Date the certification was signed

Iowa Registered Agent Resignation FAQ

Must The Registered Agent Notify The Company Before Filing Resignation With Iowa?

Yes. The Iowa registered agent must certify on their Statement of Resignation of Registered Agent that they have already sent notice of their resignation to the company they had been representing and also provide the date that notice was sent.

Is There A Fee To Resign As A Registered Agent In Iowa?

No. There is no fee to resign as a registered agent in Iowa. However, if you choose to submit your filing by fax, there is a $1 fax charge.

Can An Iowa Registered Agent File Their Resignation Online?

Yes. The Statement of Resignation of Registered Agent can be uploaded via the Iowa Secretary of State’s Business Entity Filings website.

How Long Does It Take The State To Process An Iowa Resignation Of Registered Agent?

The resignation of an Iowa registered agent submitted online during business hours will usually be processed in five minutes, and online filings submitted during non-business hours are processed within 24 hours. In the past, it took the Iowa Secretary of State up to three weeks to process mailed-in filings.

When Does A Registered Agent’s Resignation Become Effective In Iowa?

The Iowa registered agent’s resignation takes effect upon filing with the Secretary of State.

What If The Iowa Registered Agent Resigns While The Company Is Still Active?

Corporations and LLCs are required by Iowa state law to maintain a registered agent during the life of the company. If an Iowa company is without a registered agent for sixty days or more, it can be administratively dissolved. To change a company’s registered agent, a Statement of Change of Registered Agent must be filed with the Iowa Secretary of State. There is no fee to change registered agents.

What’s The Simplest Way To Resign As A Registered Agent In Iowa?

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Which Iowa Agency Does The Registered Agent Send Their Resignation To?

Submit the Statement of Resignation of Registered Agent by mail, fax ($1 fee), online or in-person to:

Iowa Secretary of State’s Business Entity Filings website

Iowa Secretary of State
Business Services Division
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319

Fax: 515-242-5953

For inquiries call:
515-281-5204

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