UCC Info

UCC Info

Welcome to the Iowa Secretary of State's Online Business Center. The Business Center is a resource of the Business Services Division that is responsible for filing documents such as UCC financing statements, trademarks, business entity documents, and other statutorily required special filings.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
On July 1, 2013, UCC Article 9 changes went into effect. Due to these changes filers are required to use new approved UCC forms. Previous versions of the forms will be rejected. National UCC forms are available here.

Note: The Secretary of State's Office is a filing repository and does not determine the authority of a filer to make a submission. It is the responsibility of authorized filers to frequently check the status of filings on the Web site to ensure protection against submissions by an unauthorized party. If you determine that a submission was not authorized, it is your responsibility to seek legal action to protect your status.

Essentials for UCC Filings

  • You MUST use National UCC Forms.
  • Multiple copies are no longer required. You need only file one copy.
  • Remit fees:
    $5.00 for electronic filing.
    $10.00 for one or two pages.
    $20.00 for over two pages.
  • National UCC forms are available here.
  • You need an account with the Secretary of State's Office to use on-line filing. You may apply for an account by following the account setup instructions

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Landlord Lien

  • It is now necessary to file a UCC 1 Financing Statement in order to perfect a landlord's lien in farm products.
  • Landlords must use the National UCC 1 Financing Statement form.
  • No signatures are required to file the landlord's lien.
  • For information regarding timing of the filing, length of effectiveness, and necessary content (collateral description, real estate description, etc.), refer to Iowa Code chapter 570 or seek the advice of your legal counsel.
  • The fee is $10.00 for one or two pages, or $20.00 for more than two pages.

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Iowa Secretary of State filing Office Administrative Rules

UCC Filing Office Rules are available in PDF format.

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Acceptance and Refusal of Documents

Notice of Refusal to Accept Record Presented for Filing
Central Filing Office Action Guidelines Under Revised Article 9

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Iowa County Recorders' Guidelines

Guidelines are available in PDF format

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