If you’re thinking of starting a limited liability company (LLC) in Missouri, you’ll want to know in advance how much it’s going to cost. LLCf ...
How to File Articles of Organization in Missouri
Written by: Carolyn Young
Carolyn Young is a business writer who focuses on entrepreneurial concepts and the business formation. She has over 25 years of experience in business roles, and has authored several entrepreneurship textbooks.
Edited by: David Lepeska
David has been writing and learning about business, finance and globalization for a quarter-century, starting with a small New York consulting firm in the 1990s.
Published on June 26, 2022
Updated on May 1, 2023
In Missouri, as in most states, the primary step in creating a limited liability company (LLC) is to file articles of organization with the state. This is an absolutely crucial document that helps define your business, so it’s important to do it correctly.
An LLC is a business entity that offers liability protection for owners, as well as pass-through taxation, much like a sole proprietorship.
What are Articles of Organization?
The articles of organization is a legal document you need to file with the state to form your LLC. It will specify details about your company and establish your LLC as an officially registered business entity in Missouri.
The document is similar to the articles of incorporation you would file to form a corporation instead of an LLC.
How to File the Missouri Articles of Organization
In Missouri, the process to file articles of organization is quite simple. The crucial first step is gathering the required information about your new LLC, before proceeding with the filing itself.
Here are the steps you’ll need to take to create your new business entity:
- Gather the required information about your business.
- Business name
- Business purpose
- Registered agent name and address
- Management structure
- Names and addresses of organizers
- Principal office address of the business
- Visit the state’s secretary of state’s website
Find Missouri’s articles of organization form here. You’ll need to register for an account on the site before you can access the form. It’s easiest to fill out the form online and file immediately, but you can also download it, fill it out and mail it in.
- Filling out Articles of Organization Document
First, register for an account on the site.
Once you register, go to the home page and select “Create LLC”. You’ll enter your business name. Then you’ll check the box for your LLC to be member-managed or manager-managed (click the link to learn more).
On the next page, you’ll enter your registered agent name and address, and move on to fill in the organizer’s name and address. Finally, you’ll enter your principal business address. Then you’ll have a chance to review all your entered information, and electronically sign the document.
When filling out your articles of organization form, be sure to double-check that all the information is accurate and up-to-date. Maybe you’ve just moved, or use your middle initial in official documents, such as with your bank account. If you get it wrong now, changing it later can be a real pain. So accuracy is crucial.
- File Articles of Organization
Once you’ve electronically signed the document, you’ll go to your shopping cart and on to the payment page to pay your filing fee, which in Missouri is $50.
Missouri Secretary of State Contact Info
The Bottom Line
In Missouri, it’s relatively easy to create an LLC, but you do need to jump through a few hoops. You now have all the information you need to officially create your new business and begin your entrepreneurial journey in the Show-Me State.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You do not need an attorney to file articles of organization in Missouri. You can easily file online yourself, or use a business formation service. ZenBusiness’s online LLC formation service will enable you to form your LLC in just a few minutes.
You can file an amendment of articles of organization for a fee of $25.
You can go to the secretary of state’s website and search for your business, then order a copy of your articles of organization. The fee is $10 plus $.50 per additional page.
How to File Articles of Organization in Missouri
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