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Incorporating a Corporation in Missouri

If you want to incorporate a corporation, Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required corporate paperwork and obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your corporation, as required by the state law, and will help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Missouri requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any existing entity or reserved names. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets Missouri's standards.

Permitted designations: corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:
  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.
Restricted designations: The use of the following words in corporation's name will require approval by the state:
  • Bank
  • Coop
  • Cooperative
  • Insurance Company
  • Redevelopment Corporation
  • Trust Company
  • Underwriter

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only.

Required documents: Articles of Incorporation filed with the Secretary of State.

Turnaround time: About 5-7 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: Minimum one director is required, as well as a president and secretary, who may be the same person.

Director qualifications: Directors must be at least 18 years old.

Appearance in articles: Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Registered Agent:

Local registered agent is required.


Annual Reports

Time to file: Annual registration report has to be filed by the end of the month that marks the anniversary of incorporation.

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

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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