Do you have the perfect name idea for a new business entity in the state of Missouri, but you’re not quite ready to form your company?
Missouri allows you to reserve a business name until you’re prepared for the business formation process, but how does the reservation process work and how long will the state reserve the name for you? In this guide, we’ll run down all the important details of reserving a business name in Missouri.
Rocket Tip: If you’d rather officially incorporate in Missouri rather than file the extra paperwork to register a business name, there are many good incorporation services that can do it for you.
How to Reserve a Business Name in Missouri
The first step is to determine if your desired business name is even available in Missouri to begin with. In order to check your desired name’s availability, you will need to run a business entity search on the Secretary of State’s website. You can access the search tool right here. Once you’ve determined the availability of your desired name, you can begin the process of reserving it with the state.
To reserve your business name, simply file the Application for Reservation Name with the Secretary of State’s office. This application requires the following information: Corporations Division P.O. Box 778 / 600 W. Main St., Rm. 322
Jefferson City, MO 65102
The filing fee for LLC name reservation is $25, with checks made payable to the “Secretary of State.” You can send the completed form and check to this address:
Corporations Division P.O. Box 778 / 600 W. Main St., Rm. 322 Jefferson City, MO 65102
How Long Is My Business Name Reserved For?
Missouri name reservations last for a period of 60 days. You can renew your name reservation two times, for a total of 180 days. However, once 180 days have passed, you will not be able to extend the reservation or re-reserve the same name in Missouri.
Just because you aren’t ready to form your Missouri business entity doesn’t mean you can’t lock down your desired business name.
Reserving a business name is simple in Missouri, and you can extend your reservation to have up to 180 days to form your business. So, if you have a business name in mind, there is no reason to delay your application.