Missouri Corporation Formation

Each state has different requirements for forming a corporation. Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you’ll want to understand state requirements for Missouri incorporation.

Cost to incorporate in Missouri

At BizFilings. we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form a Missouri corporation. View our pricing to incorporate as a C corporation or S corporation to plainly see:

  • BizFilings’ package prices. BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
  • State fee for standard turn-around. Our pricing clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in Missouri with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Incorporation.
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Corporate name

The name must contain the word "Corporation," "Company," "Incorporated," "Limited" or an abbreviation thereof. It may not contain any word or phrase indicating or implying the corporation is a governmental agency or that it is organized for any purpose other than the purpose for which corporations may be organized under the laws of Missouri. It must be distinguishable from the name of any domestic or foreign corporation authorized to do business in Missouri or from any limited partnership, limited liability company or reserved name filed with the state.

Director information

The following are Missouri’s requirements for directors of corporations:

  • Minimum number. Corporations must have not less than three directors unless there are only one or two shareholders of record, in which case the number of directors may be less than three but not less than the number of shareholders.
  • Residence requirements. Missouri does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.
  • Age requirements. Directors must be at least 18 years old.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Incorporation. Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Requirements for the Articles of Incorporation

The document required to form a corporation in Missouri is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Missouri's requirements include:

  • Officers. Officer names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
  • Stock. Authorized shares and par value must be listed in the Articles of Incorporation. An increase in the number of shares or par value can affect initial filing fees.
  • Registered agent. Corporations must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Missouri. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
Missouri Registered Agent Service

Professional services businesses

Missouri allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional corporation (PC).

Additional Missouri information

View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in Missouri: