Missouri Articles of Incorporation
Missouri articles of incorporation are filed to create a corporation.
Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your business corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the corporation. Only after this approval can the corporation apply for tax IDs, obtain business licenses, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.
Incorporating provides many important benefits:
- Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
- Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
- Provides governance and adds credibility
|Agency:||Missouri Secretary of State - Corporations Division|
Mail, fax or online.
$58 for up to $30,000 authorized shares. $5 additional for every $10,000 or authorized shares over $30,000.
~1-3 days by fax. ~4-7 business days by mail.
Other Helpful Missouri Facts
As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Missouri.
- Number: One or more required.
- Qualifications: None.
- Quorum: Majority of directors, unless bylaws or articles of incorporation fixes a different number. No less than one third.
- President and secretary required.
- Required: No.
Missouri Annual Shareholder Meeting
- Required: Yes.
- Action by written consent: Allowed if by all shareholders entitled to vote on the action.
- Qualifications: N/A
- Stock Certificate: Required.
- Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.