Missouri Business License

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General Business License Requirements for Missouri.

Business licenses are often required of business entities, regardless of their products and services. This page provides an overview of business license requirements in Missouri.

Missouri General Business Licenses

Missouri Business License

Not required



General Business License licensure is not required on the State level in Missouri.

Missouri does not have a general business license at the state level, but local licenses are often required.

Local General Business Licenses

City of Cape Girardeau General Business License

Agency:City of Cape Girardeau Community Development Department (MO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

General Business License Application

Agency Fee:

$40

Registration Renewal

Form:

General Business License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$40

Due:

Annually by January 31.

City of St. Joseph Business License

Agency:City of St. Joseph Department of Customer Service (MO)
Law:

Section 8-37

Section 16-35 

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:

Worker's Compensation Certificate of Insurance will be needed if the company has more than 1 employee.

Notes:

Contractors performing work inside city limits are required to obtain a business license prior to beginning the project, as well as obtaining the appropriate building permits. For more information on required permits, contact the Building Development Division at 816-271-4757.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or email  ccorbin@stjosephmo.gov.

Agency Fee:

$25 filing fee

Required Attachments:
  • Worker's Compensation Certificate of Insurance will be needed if the company has more than 1 employee.
  • Business Owner name and SSN
  • Parent company, if any and contact info
  • MO Tax Number
  • W/C COI
  • Copy of state ID

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

Determined by business type. 

Due:

Annually by June 30. 

Law:

Section 8-36

Notes:

Instructions will also accompany each renewal. If there are any changes to the operations of the business, you are required to email customer services.

Required Attachments:
  • Proof of gross annual income 
  • Current certificate of Workers Compensation Insurance must be provided or a signed statement of exemption from.
  • A copy of your paid county business personal property tax receipt for the prior year will be required.
  • Any changes to the business license. 

Columbia Business License

Agency:City of Columbia Finance Department - Business License Division (MO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$30 application fee + $17 investigation fee + a license fee based on annual gross receipts

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Based on annual gross receipts. The minimum fee is $15.

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Grenne County Merchant License

Agency:County of Grenne Collector's Office (MO)

Initial Registration

Form:

Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application

Filing Method:

Mail, Email, or Fax

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by December 31

Grenne County Merchant License

Agency:County of Grenne Collector's Office (MO)

Initial Registration

Form:

Merchant License Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Kansas City Business License

Agency:Kansas City Finance Department - Revenue Division - Business License Office (MO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Form RD-100: Registration Application

Filing Method:

Mail, email to business.license@kcmo.org, or file online.

Agency Fee:

Varies by type of business and when the application is filed. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form RD-105: Annual Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Varies by annual gross receipts and business activity.

Due:

Licenses expire on December 31 of each year and must be renewed by February 28.

Springfield Business License

Agency:Springfield Finance Department - Licensing Division (MO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or online.

Agency Fee:

Varies by gross receipts and service offerings.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Varies by gross receipts and service offerings.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

St. Louis Graduated Business License

Agency:City of St. Louis License Collector (MO)

Initial Registration

Form:

Graduated Business License Application

Agency Fee:

New businesses that start between June 1 and January 1, the initial fee is $200.00; After January 1 and up to May 31, the fee is $100.00.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Graduated Business License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$200 ; There is an additional fee based on the number of employees.

Due:

Annually by June 1.

Warrensburg Business License

Agency:City of Warrensburg City Collector's Office (MO)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Varies by estimated gross volume and business services. See application for details.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Varies by estimated gross volume and business services. See application for details.

Due:

Annually by June 1.

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