TEMPORARY PARTIAL CLOSURE We are temporarily closing our lobby through June 16. Click here for additional information.
Temporary Closure



In order to reduce the risk to our customers and employees due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, we are closing our lobby through the duration of the Governor’s emergency order, June 16th. Starting October 15, 2020, we are allowing customers who require apostilles processed by the office, may make an appointment for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Please note that due to COVID-19, we still have a limited number of personnel available. This appointment system is for currently available apostille customers only. We continue to routinely assess operations during the emergency, and adjust accordingly. The link to schedule an APOSTILLE appointment is here: https://calendly.com/iowasos/apostille


Due to this emergency, we have limited staff who can answer phones and process business services filings. We are working to revise our procedures to help alleviate these issues. However, we do expect delays in all paper filings to continue for the duration of the pandemic.

General Filings

During this time, we ask that you utilize our Fast Track Filing (FTF) System as much as possible.

Filings submitted through FTF can be approved the same day if filed during regular business hours or 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. It is free to register and there are no additional fees when using FTF.

If you would like to file any of the following, please do so through FTF (https://filings.sos.iowa.gov):

  • Certificate of Organization
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Authority
  • Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent
  • Fictitious Name Resolution
  • Biennial Reports
  • UCCs


We encourage you to utilize FTF system (https://filings.sos.iowa.gov). We will return to regular processing practices as soon as possible.

Remote Online Notarization (RON)

Information about RON, including the Secretary of State’s Guidance, the Governor’s Waiver, and an FAQ can be found here: https://sos.iowa.gov/remotenotary. Questions on RON can be sent to notary@sos.iowa.gov.

Alternate communications

We will continue to monitor the situation and extend or reduce lobby closures as the situation evolves. Thank you for your patience during this time. Please feel free to contact our Business Services Staff at business.services@sos.iowa.gov.