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Forming an LLC in Missouri

Whether you want to start an LLC in St. Louis or in the Lake of the Ozarks, there are certain procedures you'll need to follow, which are set out in Missouri's state laws. In order to start an LLC, you'll have to file articles of organization with the Corporations Division of the Missouri Secretary of State. The articles of organization must include the following information:

  • The LLC's name;
  • The LLC's purpose(s);
  • The full address of the registered office and the name of the registered agent;
  • A statement as to whether the LLC's management will be vested in members or managers;
  • The amount of time the LLC will exist (which can be perpetual) or any events that would cause the LLC to dissolve; and
  • The name and physical address (business or residential) of each organizer.

For your convenience, FindLaw has a Missouri LLC Formation Package which contains the forms you'll need to file to get your LLC off the ground.

Forming an LLC in Missouri: The Basics

In the following table, you can find a summary of the steps that are required to start an LLC in Missouri, as well as links to applicable statutes and government agencies.

Statute(s) Missouri Revised Statutes, Title XXIII, Chapter 347, Section 347.010, et seq. (Missouri Limited Liability Company Act)
Step-by-Step Process of Forming an LLC

Forming an LLC in Missouri requires taking the following steps:

  1. Pick a name that's available and includes "Limited Liability Company," "Limited Company," or an abbreviation of one of those options.
  2. File the articles of organization with the Missouri Secretary of State and pay the required filing fee.
  3. Appoint a registered agent* who will accept legal papers on behalf of the LLC.
  4. Comply with applicable Missouri business tax requirements.

*The registered agent can be a Missouri resident, Missouri business, or a foreign corporation that's authorized to conduct business in the state, but it must have a physical street address in Missouri.

State Agency in Charge of LLC Formation

The Missouri Secretary of State is the government agency in charge of business organizations in the state.

Related Statute(s)

Missouri Revised Statutes, Title XXIII. Corporations, Associations and Partnerships

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Forming an LLC in Missouri: Related Resources

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Get Legal Help Forming Your Missouri LLC

Even though the information above provides a clear do-it-yourself guide to starting a Missouri LLC, nothing beats the peace of mind of working with a legal professional. For help forming your LLC in Missouri and getting your business started off on a solid legal footing, you should contact an experienced business organizations attorney in the state.

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