Any Iowa LLC doing business in Iowa must file a Biennial Report every 2 years.
You need to file an Iowa Biennial Report in order to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing with the state.
You can file your LLC’s Biennial Report by mail or online, and you will find instructions below for both.
Fees and Processing Times
If you file by mail, the fee is $45 and the processing time is 7-14 business days.
If you file online, the fee is $30 and the processing time is immediate.
We recommend filing online as the fee is cheaper and the processing time is much quicker.
Note: The Iowa Biennial Report fees used to be $15 more, however, that changed beginning in 2023. Check out Iowa LLC Cost to learn about other other LLC fees.
Due Date for Iowa Biennial Report
The first Biennial Report is due between January 1st and April 1st of the first odd-numbered year, following the year in which your LLC was formed.
After that, Biennial Reports must be filed every odd-numbered year.
- If your Iowa LLC is approved in 2020, your first Biennial Report is due between January 1st and April 1st of 2021 (and then every 2 years after that).
- If your Iowa LLC is approved in 2021 or 2022, your first Biennial Report is due between January 1st and April 1st of 2023 (and then every 2 years after that).
- If your Iowa LLC is approved in 2023 or 2024, your first Biennial Report is due between January 1st and April 1st of 2025 (and then every 2 years after that).
How early can you file?
You can file anytime after the 1st Monday in January.
If you don’t file your Iowa LLC Biennial Report by April 1st, your LLC will go into a “Delinquent” status.
If you continue to ignore this requirement and do not file by August 8th, the state will administratively dissolve (shut down) your Iowa LLC.
Instructions for Filing Iowa LLC Biennial Report Online
- Visit the Iowa Secretary of State: Fast Track Filing page
- Under “Business Filings“, click “File a document“
- Look under “Existing Entities” and click “Biennial Report“
- Search your LLC by name (or by Iowa Business Number)
- Click on your LLC name and then begin the filing
Enter your contact information in this section.
The state will use your email address for future Biennial Report reminders.
Complete – or update – your LLC’s principal office address.
Note: You can’t change your Registered Agent in the Biennial Report. If you need to change your Registered Agent, you need to separately file this form: Change of Registered Agent.
Sign the Biennial Report
Agree to the terms and enter your name to electronically sign the report.
Review your report for accuracy and check for typos.
If you need to make any changes, you can edit your filing.
If everything looks good, proceed to the next step.
Select your method of payment, enter your billing and contact information, and submit your Biennial Report to the state.
After you make payment, your Biennial Report is processed and filed immediately.
On the next page, you can click “View submitted filing” if you want to download a copy of your filed Biennial Report.
Note: You can also search your LLC here. Then click on your LLC’s Business Number, click the “Filings” link at the top, look for “Biennial Report” and click on the “Certificate Number” to download a copy.
Repeating Calendar Reminder
The state will send email reminders about future Biennial Report due dates.
If you don’t receive a reminder though, it is still your responsibility to file your Biennial Report on time every 2 years. If you don’t, the state will administratively dissolve your LLC.
For this reason, we recommend putting a repeating reminder on your calendar.
Iowa Secretary of State Contact Info
If you have any questions, you can contact the Iowa Secretary of State at 515-281-5204.