Missouri Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a Missouri nonprofit corporation.

Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your nonprofit corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the nonprofit. Only after this approval can you apply for 501c, apply for fundraising licenses, open a bank account, and otherwise conduct business.


Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your organization's name
  • Is a prerequisite for applying for 501(c) tax exemption
  • Provides governance and adds credibility to the business or organization

Fast Facts

Agency:Missouri Secretary of State - Corporations Division

Articles of Incorporation of a Nonprofit Corporation and Domestic Nonprofit Instruction Sheet (Corp. 52)

Filing Method:

Mail or fax

Agency Fee:



~4-7 business days by mail or ~1-3 days by fax


23 MO Stat. § 355

Original Ink:Required
  • You must submit original signatures.
  • There is a discounted fee for organizations founded by active duty military.

Other Helpful Missouri Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Missouri, keep in mind:

Missouri Directors

  • Number: minimum 3
  • Qualifications: Natural persons. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: default is 1 year, 6 year maximum
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 2 directors

Missouri Officers

  • A chairman or president, or both a chairman and president, a secretary, a treasurer and such other officers as are appointed by the board. One officer prepares minutes of the directors' and members' meetings and authenticates records of the corporation.
  • Two or more offices may be held by the same individual.

Missouri Members

  • Members: optional
  • Annual meeting: required
  • Quorum: 1/10th votes

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