Missouri Business Entity & Corporation Search

Missouri state shapeThe Corporations Division of the Missouri Secretary of State is responsible for incorporation and regulation of businesses in the state.

The SOS also maintains records of all the business entities online. Basic information about the registered businesses can be accessed for free on the Secretary of State website.

Using the search functionality you can view registration details of any business registered in Missouri.

Business entity search can be useful for anyone looking to find information about any business and for checking business name availability. Business owners can make use of the search to file any amendments, annual reports or download any certificate.

On this page, we have explained how to navigate through the Secretary of State website and search for a business.

Missouri Secretary of State Business Entity Search

You can search for a business entity in Missouri in a variety of ways as discussed below:

  • By Name
  • By Registered Agent Name
  • Search By Charter ID

Note: Information about LLCs, LLPs, Corporations, agricultural cooperatives and mutual associations can only be searched.

By Name

Step 1: Open the Missouri Business search page – Link.

Step 2: Select ‘Business Name‘ from the search drop-down.

Step 3: Enter the name of the business in the text box. The default option is to search for a business entity with a name that starts with your search phrase.

Change this by selecting any of the filters from the drop-down menu next to the search bar:

  • Starting with
  • All words
  • Any words
  • Exact match

Please note that if you are carrying out an ‘Exact Match’ search, you should include relevant punctuation and business designators such as ‘Inc.’ or ‘LLC’. This is not required for other kinds of searches.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.

Step 5: On the next page, you can view the list of businesses that matched the search criteria.

On this page, you can find the following information about each business:

  • Business Name
  • Charter No.
  • Type
  • Status
  • Created
  • Registered Agent Name

Step 6: Click on the desired business name and you will be taken to the business details page.

You can find the following information about the business:

Name and AddressName and address of the Business
Charter NumberUnique charter number assigned to the business
TypeProfessional Corporations / Close Corporations / Nonprofit Corporations / Limited Partnerships / Limited Liability Companies / Limited Liability Partnerships / General Partnerships
StatusActive / Inactive / Cancelled / Dissolved
Associated individualsNames and contact details of Manager or Agent
FilingsAny uploaded filings or documentation

Business owners/representatives for the entity can file documents online by clicking on ‘File Online‘ button. One can also order copies and certificates related to the business by clicking on ‘Order Copies/Certificates‘.

A number of filings can be made, such as:

  • Amendments to articles of organization
  • Articles of Termination
  • Change of Agent or Address
  • Statement of Correction, etc.

Step 7: Those looking for further details about the entity can browse between through General Information, Filings, Address and Contact(s) tabs.

Search by Registered Agent

Step 1: Open Missouri corporation search page. Select ‘Registered Agent‘ from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Choose whether the agent is an individual or an organization before inputting your search query. Type in both the last and the first name to get more accurate results, although the minimum requirement is to enter the last name.

Step 3: Use the filters ‘starting with’, ‘contain all or any words’, or ‘an exact match’ to fine-tune the search results.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.

Step 5: On the next page, you can view the list of results with the following details:

  • Registered Agent Entity
  • Registered Agent Name
  • Reg. Office Address
  • Represents
  • Status

Step 6: Select the desired registered agent by clicking on it.

By Name Availability

The third search option is more relevant for aspiring business owners who want to look up the availability of a business name.

Step 1: Select ‘Name Availability‘ as your search option.

Step 2: Enter your desired business name and click on ‘Search‘.

Step 3: In this example, we searched for a business with the name ‘Garments’, and there were ‘No records to display’. This is a good sign and means that the business name is up for grabs. If there are conflicts, you will see the names of the conflicting companies instead of this message.

By Charter ID

Each business is assigned a unique Charter ID when it is registered. Since there is no chance of overlap, this is the best way to search for a business and can be particularly useful for business owners looking to update information or download certificates.

Step 1: Select Charter ID as your search type and input your search query.

Step 2: Make sure you type in the correct Charter ID – it should be 11 characters long, with the first two characters being alphabets and the remaining being numbers. Click on the ‘Search‘ button.

Step 3: Click on the business name in the search results to access more details.

MO Secretary of State Contact Details

Address101 State House Station,
Missouri 04333-0101
Phone Number(207) 624-7736
Office Hours8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday (except for Official State Holidays)

Links & References

  1. https://www.sos.mo.gov
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_of_Missouri

Last Updated on: 30/03/2019