Quick Reference Filing Guide to Iowa


The Developers of the Iowa pages would like to bring a smile to your face. They’ve been working hard to add to and update their pages so that your virtual visit to the Hawkeye State is an enjoyable one. Governor Thomas Vilsack goes one step further and brings your right into his virtual office, and provides you with tools such as a calculator, a notepad, and a calendar. The Iowa pages are warm and friendly. There are also some interesting and useful business sections to be found within Iowa’s network.

Secretary of State

The Office of the Secretary of State is whom you want to contact when you want to register corporations, limited partnerships, or state trademarks, or to incorporate. The Iowa Secretary of State appears to downright excited by opportunity to provide his services to Iowans over the information superhighway. The Guide to Commonly Used Business Organizations includes a lot of helpful information. It was definitely put together by someone who knows their business when it comes to business.

Business Development

The important stuff is buried a couple of layers down on the Department of Economic Development’s pages. Once you dig your way through those layers, you'll be rewarded with detailed information valuable to anyone growing a business in Iowa. Even such details as business sites and availability are covered on their pages. There are some very interesting publications and pages about business in Iowa.


The Department of Revenue allows downloading of corporate tax forms, tax publications and gives fee information on their pages. The Revenue pages are useful and informative. The “Starting a Business in Iowa” brochure, located in the Publication’s section, is recommended reading for those starting out a business in Iowa. You can also apply for a permit online.


The Iowa General Assembly includes a considerable amount of information about Iowa Legislators, and the law making process. You can also view the Code of Iowa and conduct a Legislative search.