The Missouri Secretary of State regulates the business entities in the state including limited liability companies, or LLCs. All LLCs must follow the rules outlined in the state Limited Liability Company Act passed in 1993. Establishing an LLC in the state is a straightforward process and includes the option to file paperwork online.
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Create an appropriate name for you LLC. The name must adhere to the state’s naming requirements. It must end with the words “limited company” or “limited liability company.” You may abbreviate the words as "LC", "LLC", "L.C." or "L.L.C." You may not use the words “incorporated”, “corporation”, “limited liability partnership”, “limited partnership”, “limited liability limited partnership” or the abbreviated “Ltd.”
Search for the name you chose using the Missouri Secretary of State’s online business entity database. The name of your LLC must not be the same as another business entity in Missouri. You can also call the state at 573-751-4153 or toll-free at 866-223-6535 to check the availability of a name.
Download the form “Application for Reservation of Name” to reserve your name with the state if you want to keep someone else from using it while you prepare to file the paperwork to establish your company. As of 2010, the fee for name reservations is $25. The reservation is good for 60 days.
Mail or hand-deliver the name reservation form to the secretary of state’s office. The address is included on the form.
Registered Agent and Filing Requirements
Designate a registered agent to receive legal documents and state notices for your company. The registered agent may be an individual or business with a physical street address within Missouri. The individual must be a state resident and the business must be authorized to transact business in Missouri.
Download the PDF form “Articles of Organization for a Limited Liability Company” from the state’s website (see References). Read the instruction sheet included in the document and use this as a guide when for completing the form for online, mail or in-person filing.
Fill out the information on the form. It includes basic information about your LLC such as the name of the company, the purpose of the LLC, the name and in-state street address of the registered agent, the management structure of the company, the dissolution date if applicable, and the name, address and signature of each organizer. Organizers are the names of individuals who establish and file the articles.
Mail or hand-deliver the document to the secretary of state’s office if you are not filing online. The filing fee is $105 as of 2010 for mailed or hand-delivered filings. The online filing fee is $50. An email address and credit card payment is required for online filings.
Tips & Warnings
- Although not required, it is advisable that LLC members adopt an operating agreement to regulate the internal affairs of the company.
References & Resources
- Missouri Revised Statutes: Section 347.020: Name of Company Regulated
- Missouri Secretary of State: Limited Liability Company Instruction Sheet
- Journal of the Missouri Bar: The Limited Liability Company: Small Business Applications in Missouri
- Missouri Secretary of State: Online Services, Forms & Publications
- Missouri Secretary of State: Business Entity Search
- Missouri Secretary of State: Application for Reservation of Name
- Missouri Secretary of State: Online Registration for LLC's
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