Whether we’re talking weather, vacations, or bags of potato chips, all good things must come to an end, and that includes registered agent duties.
There are numerous reasons you might need to give up your Iowa registered agent role, but only one way to resign.
Registered agents play an important role in the life of an LLC, handling sensitive legal and tax documents, so it’s essential that agents follow proper resignation procedures. Otherwise, you could leave your company with unplanned fines or penalties, and you could be individually liable.
Fortunately, for Iowa LLCs it is easy.
Follow these steps and the hardest part of your resignation won’t be the process itself, it’ll be saying “so long” to your former business.
You’ve got enough on your plate. Hiring a registered agent service lets you hand off those responsibilities so you can focus your energy where your passion lies. Let us at ZenBusiness handle the paperwork for just $99 the first year (LegalZoom charges $299).
Notifying the Iowa LLC
The Iowa LLC Act Section 489.115 requires that you send a copy of your Statement of Resignation to your LLC before filing it with the Secretary of State. This is to ensure that the company has ample time to plan their registered agent change. While it’s not required, it’s also a good idea to speak with your company more at length to help them develop a succession plan and facilitate a smooth transition.
After you’ve contacted your LLC and mailed them a copy of your resignation statement, it’s time to formally resign with the state.
Submitting Your Resignation
You may be looking forward to your next project or business, but your name won’t be officially off the books until you’ve submitted your resignation to the Iowa Secretary of State.
Head over to the Secretary of State’s Business Entity Forms page. Scroll down to find either the Domestic or Foreign LLC sections. Click “Resignation of Registered Agent” to access the Statement of Resignation form. The form has two parts: the statement itself, and the Certificate of Mailing.
Statement: This section is your official resignation, and just requires a few pieces of information. Enter the LLC name, principal office address, registered office address, and your name. Then sign and date it and you’re all set.
Certificate of Mailing: The certificate’s purpose is to confirm that you sent a copy of your resignation to the LLC prior to filing with the state. Here you’ll enter your name, the LLC name, and the date that you sent them the copy. Sign and date this section as well.
At this point, you may be pulling out your checkbook or credit card to pay a filing fee. But unlike many of Iowa’s business forms, this one is free. When you’ve finished filling in your information, you have three submission options.
- Online: Upload your completed form on this page.
- Mail: Send your resignation to the Business Services Division Lucas Building, 1st Floor at 321 E. 12th St. Des Moines, IA 50319.
- Fax: The Business Services Division fax number is (515) 242-5953. There is a $1 service charge for faxed documents.
Online is the most efficient method, as online filings are processed within 24 hours and mailed or faxed ones can take up to three weeks.
Your resignation takes effect as soon as your filing is processed –unless you specified a different date of termination – so your LLC will need to change their registered agent right away to avoid penalties.
Handing off Your Responsibilities
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When you put down your registered agent responsibilities, someone else has to pick them up, or your LLC will lose its good standing with the state. Help your LLC keep its momentum by carefully planning your transition.
This starts with finding a successor who’s ready to take over right away. Even a small gap in registered agent coverage can result in severe penalties. Any Iowa company that spends sixty days without a valid registered agent will be administratively dissolved by the state. Because your resignation is effective immediately upon filing, it’s important that your LLC has a replacement lined up.
In order to be qualified as a registered agent, this replacement must meet Iowa’s specific requirements. They must:
- Be an individual or business entity that resides in Iowa, or a foreign entity with a physical Iowa address and authorization to conduct business in the state
- Have a physical Iowa address (P.O. boxes aren’t allowed)
- Have a mailing address in Iowa
- Be available to accept mail and service of process at their address during general business hours
An individual LLC member can serve as registered agent for their own company, but sometimes it’s easier to pass along those responsibilities to a professional.
We recommend using a registered agent service, which can take over registered agent duties, freeing up more time for the LLC’s managers to focus on running the business.
You do a lot for your Iowa LLC. You’re essentially the shield that protects it from fines, the filter that catches important documents, the conductor that keeps it on track with compliance.
Because you play such an important role, it’s crucial that you follow the resignation procedures exactly — and potentially provide a replacement agent for the business. Otherwise, you might find yourself and your LLC in hot water.
Follow this guide and you’ll be totally fine. Soon, you’ll be on to your next project, whether that’s starting a new business in Iowa or something completely different.
If you need a fresh start and would like to form a brand new LLC, there are plenty of services that can take care of this for you. ZenBusiness and Northwest are two very popular options.
How to Resign As A Registered Agent in all 50 States
We break down the Registered Agent Resignation steps in detail in all 50 states. View all of our guides below.
- Alabama Registered Agent Resignation
- Alaska Registered Agent Resignation
- Arizona Statutory Agent Resignation
- Arkansas Registered Agent Resignation
- California Agent for Service of Process Resignation
- Colorado Registered Agent Resignation
- Connecticut Registered Agent Resignation
- Delaware Registered Agent Resignation
- Florida Registered Agent Resignation
- Georgia Registered Agent Resignation
- Hawaii Registered Agent Resignation
- Idaho Registered Agent Resignation
- Illinois Registered Agent Resignation
- Indiana Registered Agent Resignation
- Kansas Resident Agent Resignation
- Kentucky Registered Agent Resignation
- Louisiana Registered Agent Resignation
- Maine Registered Agent Resignation
- Maryland Resident Agent Resignation
- Massachusetts Resident Agent Resignation
- Michigan Resident Agent Resignation
- Minnesota Registered Agent Resignation
- Mississippi Registered Agent Resignation
- Missouri Registered Agent Resignation
- Montana Registered Agent Resignation
- Nebraska Registered Agent Resignation
- Nevada Registered Agent Resignation
- New Hampshire Registered Agent Resignation
- New Jersey Registered Agent Resignation
- New Mexico Registered Agent Resignation
- New York Registered Agent Resignation
- North Carolina Registered Agent Resignation
- North Dakota Registered Agent Resignation
- Ohio Statutory Agent Resignation
- Oklahoma Registered Agent Resignation
- Oregon Registered Agent Resignation
- Pennsylvania Registered Agent Resignation
- Rhode Island Resident Agent Resignation
- South Carolina Registered Agent Resignation
- South Dakota Registered Agent Resignation
- Tennessee Registered Agent Resignation
- Texas Registered Agent Resignation
- Utah Registered Agent Resignation
- Vermont Registered Agent Resignation
- Virginia Registered Agent Resignation
- Washington Registered Agent Resignation
- Washington D.C. Registered Agent Resignation
- West Virginia Agent of Process Resignation
- Wisconsin Registered Agent Resignation
- Wyoming Registered Agent Resignation