Missouri Business Name Reservation

Missouri state shapeIn this article, we have described step by step instructions involved to file for business name reservation in Missouri. Typically name reservation is done to protect the business name from being registered by someone, till the time business is officially formed.  The business name can be reserved for the period of 180 days and transferable.

To file for business name reservation the first step is to determine whether the business name chosen is unique or not. Also, there are certain naming requirements that must be kept in mind while choosing the name.

Missouri Business Name Requirement

Missouri Secretary of State has mandated certain requirements which you must keep in mind while selecting a business name.

The business name must be unique and distinguishable from any existing business entity name registered with the state. Also any difference in grammar, similarly sounding business name, or using stop words does not make the business name unique and it will lead to the name being rejected.

For example following names are not distinguishable:

  • Justin Plumber LLC vs The Justin Plumber LLC
  • Mango Farm LLC vs Mango Farms LLC
  • Jake & Mary Corporation vs Jake and Mary Corporation

Required suffix in the business name:

  • For Corporations:
    Must contain the word “Corporation”, “Incorporated”, “Company”, “Limited” or any similar abbreviation.
  • For LLC:
    Must contain the words “Limited Liability Company”, “Limited Company”, “L.L.C.”, “LLC”, “L.C.”,  “LC” or any similar abbreviation.

Prohibited words:
Certain words such as bank, insurance,  trust etc cannot be included in the name without prior approval from the concerned authorities.

Checking the Availability of a Business Name

One can check the availability of the business name using the online tool provided by the SOS. You can use this tool to find and research name for your business. We have written an in-depth tutorial on how to search for a business name in Missouri.

How to Reserve Business Name in Missouri

Business name reservation can be done either by mail or online.


  • Create an account with Missouri Online Business Filing Link.
  • Once you are logged in, click on ‘Name Reservation‘ on the left side menu.
  • Enter the business name you would like to reserve and click on ‘Proceed‘ button.
  • If the name is unique, you would be given the option to reserve the business name on the next page.
  • Pay the required name reservation fee.

By Mail

Download FormLink
  • LLC: $25
  • Corporation: $25
  • LLP: $25
AddressCorporations Division
PO Box 778 / 600 W. Main St., Rm. 322
Jefferson City, MO 65
Processing TimeAround 2 weeks after the receipt
  1. Download the name reservation form (Link above).
  2. Fill the form with the requested details.
  3. Include the money order or check of the required amount. Check/money order must be drawn in name of “Missouri Secretary of State“.
  4. Send the filled form to:
    Corporations Division
    PO Box 778 / 600 W. Main St., Rm. 322
    Jefferson City, MO 65

Missouri Secretary of State Contact

For any queries, you can contact the SOS at (573) 751-4936  during business hours.


Last fact-checked on 15/08/2018

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