Missouri

LLC, Business License, Incorporation

With the 18th largest population in the United States, Missouri services both large and small businesses. Missouri's major industries include transportation, food processing, and chemicals. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of Missouri's business services.

Forming a Corporation in Missouri

Each state has its own set of rules for businesses seeking to form a corporation there. If you've decided to incorporate in Missouri, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Incorporation with the Missouri Secretary of State. We can also assist with many of your follow-up needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Missouri's incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Missouri requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any corporate, limited partnership, limited liability company or reserved names. When you incorporate with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Missouri's standards.

Permitted designations: Missouri corporate names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.

Restricted designations: The use of certain words and phrases in corporate names is considered "restricted" in Missouri, meaning they require special approval by the state. These include:

  • Bank
  • Coop
  • Cooperative
  • Insurance Company
  • Redevelopment Corporation
  • Trust Company
  • Underwriter

Filing Requirements

Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of your incorporation filing for you. This information is presented only for your reference.

Required documents: The state of Missouri requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for incorporating a business in Missouri is 3-5 business days.

Follow-up filings: Required. Newly formed corporations must file an initial annual report within four months of incorporation.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Corporations are required to have one or more directors as well as a president and secretary, who may be the same person.

Director qualifications: The Articles of Incorporation or bylaws may prescribe the qualifications for directors.

Appearance in articles: Not required. Directors' names and addresses do not have to appear in the Articles of Incorporation.

Written consent: Permitted. Directors may act in writing in lieu of holding a meeting.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file annual registration reports with the Missouri Secretary of State by the end of the month that marks the anniversary of incorporation.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is between one and two business days.

Signatures: Corporations may authorize signatories for annual reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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Forming an LLC in Missouri

Each state has its own set of requirements for businesses that plan on forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) there. If you decide to form an LLC in Missouri, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Organization with the Missouri Secretary of State. We can also take care of many of your company?s follow-up needs, including annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Missouri's LLC requirements:

LLC Name Requirements

Missouri requires Limited Liability Companies to have names that can't be confused with any corporate, limited liability company, limited partnership, reserved or other business entity names. When you form your LLC with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Missouri's standards.

Permitted designations: Missouri LLC names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • L.C.
  • L.L.C.
  • LC
  • LLC
  • Limited Company
  • Limited Liability Company

Restricted words: The use of certain words in LLC names is "restricted" in Missouri, meaning special approval by the state is required. These include:

  • Bank
  • Coop
  • Cooperative
  • Insurance Company
  • Redevelopment Corporation
  • Trust Company
  • Underwriter

Filing Requirements

Required documents: Companies that wish to form an LLC in Missouri must file Articles of Organization. Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of this filing for you.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for forming an LLC in Missouri is one to two business days.

Follow-up filing: Not required.

Managers/Members Information

Minimum number: LLCs are required to have one or more managers/members.

Annual Reports

An LLC is not required to file annual reports in Missouri.

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Get Missouri Business Licenses

Before your business can legally begin to operate, you must satisfy its license, permit, and tax registration requirements. Almost all state, county, and local governments require businesses to obtain one or more licenses and permits. Additionally, selling taxable goods and services or hiring employees requires that you register with tax authorities. All business license, permit, and tax registration requirements vary by your industry and location.

Examples of possible licenses required in Missouri:

  • Landscaping License
  • Public Utilities License
  • Telecommunication Business License

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