How Long Does It Take To Form an LLC in Missouri (The Guide)

Delina Chantel Yasmeh
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Last updated: March 21, 2024
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Before you start a business, it's crucial to understand how long it takes the Secretary of State to receive, examine, and approve your LLC registration forms in Missouri.

Since I'm a seasoned Mergers and Acquisitions expert, I had the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs and help them establish their businesses.

Working with our qualified LLC experts in Missouri, we examined the SOS website to determine all LLC processing alternatives and response times available.

To help you stay compliant with state business laws, you can hire the best Missouri LLC formation services. They’ll help you with the formation process and handle the filings on your behalf.

Quick Summary

  • It takes an average 15 to 20 business days to form an LLC in Missouri by mail and up to 24 hours if you filed online.
  • The state of Missouri doesn’t offer expedited service, since online submissions already have faster approval time. 
  • The Missouri Secretary of State reports a yearly increase of approximately 18% in new LLC registrations.
  • To prevent potential delays, I always advise clients to review all data and submit the required formation documents.


What is The Fastest Way to Start an LLC in Missouri?

A person looking at paperwork to start an LLC in Missouri

The fastest way to start an LLC in Missouri is by filing online, which takes up to 24 hours to be approved depending on the volume of applications.

To register your LLC online, file the articles of organization on the SOS Corporations Division website. While helping my client with online registration, I made sure that they fill out the necessary details of their business, and pay the $50 state fees.

All processing fees for online filing are made via an electronic check or a credit card (Visa, American Express, Mastercard, or Discover).

LLC Processing Time in Missouri

The LLC processing time in Missouri depends on the method of filing.

Currently, the state takes longer to approve applications because they’ve recently upgraded their filing system. Formation documents are processed in the order they were received.

Here's a detailed description of the standard processing times for each LLC filing method in Missouri.

1. Non-Expedited Missouri LLC Processing Time By Mail (15-20 business days)

A person filing paperwork online

Mail filing in Missouri takes 15-20 business days to be approved. This is the standard processing time for paper filings, since the SOS doesn't offer expedited shipping.

Before submitting any documents to the Corporation Division, I tell my clients to ensure [1]:

  • All the official parties have signed under the signature line.
  • You've attached the proper filing fee amount ($105).
  • You've included the right LLC name and address details.

Submit your domestic or foreign LLC mail filings to this address:

Missouri Secretary of State
600 W Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Direct: 573-751-4153

2. Missouri LLC Processing Time Online (Immediate approval)

A person filing paperwork in person

Online Missouri LLC filing is approved immediately once payment is confirmed, but sometimes it can take up to 24 hours.

Considering that there's no expedited service available, I prefer filing online since it's more convenient and efficient.

Data from the Missouri Secretary of State's office indicates that over 80% of LLC registrations are submitted online, reflecting the preference for digital services among Missouri's entrepreneurial community.

"Consider the unique aspects of your business when forming an LLC in Missouri to ensure a smooth registration process."

- Jon Morgan, CEO, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Venture Smarter

Factors Influencing The Formation Timeline Of Missouri LLCs

A person starting an LLC in Missouri

There are several factors that may prolong the processing time of your LLC.

These are some of them:

  • Filing method: Mail filings may take longer to approve than online submissions because you have to factor in the transit time, as well as the state’s processing period.
  • Workload volume: The state reviews and approves formation documents in the order they are received. High volume of applications prolong the processing time.
  • Document issues: LLC formation papers with inaccurate and incomplete information have to be corrected and refiled. This is the reason why I review all paperwork and check the information before submission.

The Missouri Secretary of State reports a yearly increase of approximately 18% in new LLC registrations, indicating a healthy growth in the state's business sector and an increasing interest in entrepreneurship.

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FAQs

Can I Check the Status of My Missouri LLC Formation During the Processing Period?

You cannot check the status of your Missouri LLC formation during the processing period. You simply have to wait till you receive a confirmation through mail.

Is There a Difference in Processing Time for Domestic and Foreign LLCs in Missouri?

There is no difference in processing time for domestic and foreign LLCs in Missouri.

Do I Need a Business License for My LLC in Missouri?

You don’t need a business license for your LLC in Missouri. However, the state may require you to apply for certain permits and licenses for your business to be operational.

References:

  1. https://www.sos.mo.gov/business/corporations/startbusiness

About The Author

Author
Delina Chantel Yasmeh, J.D./Tax LL.M, specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions at Deloitte and PwC, managing billion-dollar transactions. Educated in Accountancy at California State University and holding advanced degrees from Loyola Law School, she is highly skilled in tax law. Delina also dedicates time to pro bono work for women and children.
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