What is an Iowa Good Standing Certificate and why do I need one?

An Iowa Good Standing Certificate is a one-page document issued by the Iowa Secretary of State which includes information which indicates whether or not a business is allowed to legally conduct business in the state of Iowa.

A IA Good Standing Certificate is often required for loans, to renew business licenses, or for tax or other business purposes in the state of Iowa or in any other state. One of the most common reasons that ypu might need a IA Good Standing Certificate is to apply to do business in a state other than Iowa.

See our  Iowa Good Standing Information  page if you would like more specific information.

OTHER NAMES FOR A IOWA GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE

  • IA Certificate of Authority
  • IA Certificate of Status
  • IA Certificate of Subsistence
  • IA Certificate of Qualification
  • IA Certificate of Compliance
  • IA Certificate of Standing
  • IA Certificate of Authorization
  • IA Certificate of Fact
  • IA Letter of Good Standing
  • IA Letter of Status
  • IA Good Standing Certificate

Example of an Iowa Certificate of Good Standing

Example of an Iowa Good Standing Certificate

What does it say on an Iowa Good Standing Certificate?

I SECRETARY OF STATE NAME, Secretary of State of the State of Iowa, do hereby certify that COMPANY NAME is an Iowa Corporation registered to transact business in Iowa on FORMATION DATE. I further certify that all fees and documents required by the Secretary of State's office have been received and is in good standing as far as this office is concerned.

PLEASE NOTE: In Iowa a Good Standing Certificate is called a Certificate of Existence. This sometimes causes confusion when the requesting party, commonly the Secretary of State in another state besides Iowa, requests a "Good Standing Certificate". In these cases an Iowa Certificate of Existence will fulfill the requirements for an Iowa Good Standing Certificate.

IOWA GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE COST CALCULATOR

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IA Company Options

CORPORATION

  •    Priority - $73.00 - (2-3 hours)*
  •    Regular - $43.00 - (next business day)

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  •    Priority - $73.00 - (2-3 hours)*
  •    Regular - $43.00 - (next business day)

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  •    USPS Express Mail - $25.00

  •    Scanned email copy - $10
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How much does it cost for an Iowa Certificate of Good Standing?

Total cost for an Iowa Good Standing Certificate depends on the type of company and how fast you need the Certificate. Choose your options on our Iowa Good Standing Certificate Cost Calculator to determine exactly how much your Certificate will cost. With our Iowa Good Standing Certificate services there are no hidden charges, surprise fees or any sign-ups required to get your Certificate.
*next and same day service for orders received before 1 PM Iowa time (excludes weekends and holidays). Priority price includes scanned and emailed copy of Iowa Good Standing Certificate and regular USPS delivery.

Need an Iowa Good Standing Certificate to register your IA Company in another state?

A Corporation, LLC, LP or LLP that is registered in the state of Iowa may require an Iowa Good Standing Certificate to qualify as a "Foreign Corporation" in a state other than Iowa.

A Foreign Corporation is a Corporation that is registered with a state agency, usually the Secretary of State, in one state and has the Authority to do business in another state. For example, a Corporation registered in the state of California that plans to do business in the state of Iowa is a "Domestic Corporation" in California and a "Foreign Corporation" in the state of Iowa.

Need an Iowa Certificate of Good Standing for an IA Attorney?

If you are an Iowa Attorney or if you need to find out if an Iowa Attorney is in Good Standing with the highest court in the state of Iowa, then you will need a Good Standing Certificate from the Iowa Supreme Court.

If you are an Iowa Attorney who plans to practice in the US District Court system then you may need a Good Standing Certificate from the U.S. District Court for District of Iowa.

Need an Iowa Good Standing Certificate for IA Tax Compliance?

If you need to verify that all outstanding tax liabilities for an Iowa Corporation or Iowa LLC have been paid then you need an Iowa Tax Status Compliance Certificate.

An Iowa Tax Status Compliance Certificate is issued by the Iowa Iowa Department of Revenue and is sometimes called a Tax Clearance Certificate, an Entity Status Letter, a Certificate of Account Status or a Tax Good Standing Certificate.

IOWA STATE CONTACT INFORMATION

IOWA BUSINESS SERVICES

GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE INFORMATION FOR ANY STATE

Iowa Secretary of State
  • 1007 East Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50319
  • Tel:  515-281-8993
  • Email:
  •   sos@sos.iowa.gov

Iowa Iowa Department of Revenue