Last updated May 30, 2020
Business Licenses and Permits
How to form an LLC in Missouri
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Missouri.
Missouri LLC costs:
LLC formation cost: $50 online or $105 by mail (one-time fee)
Annual report: none
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After your Missouri LLC is approved, you’ll need to comply with federal, state, and local government license and permit requirements.
Your requirements are determined by the industry you are in and where your business is located.
Not complying with license and permit requirements is risky and can result in penalties and fines, or worse, not being allowed to conduct business.
Types of licenses you may need in Missouri
Below are some license and permits examples:
- Department of Revenue State Tax ID number
- Business operation license/business privilege license
- Sales tax license
- Seller/reseller permit
- Building permit
- Health permit
- Signage permit
- Home occupation permit
- Zoning and land use permits
- Withholding taxes (if you have employees)
Industries that are more regulated have more requirements.
Do it yourself in Missouri
Below are some resources for determining your Missouri license and permit requirements yourself:
Obtain a Missouri Tax ID Number
A state taxpayer identification number is issued by the Missouri Department of Revenue. This number can be obtained online. First, make sure you have your LLC’s EIN Number from the IRS. Then visit Missouri Department of Revenue: New Business Registration.
Business Tax Registration Forms
Business Tax FAQs
Local County Requirements
You’ll need to contact the county where your LLC is located to obtain the requirements. Contact info for all 114 counties can be found here:
MO Business Development Program Licenses and Registration Checklist
MO Business Development Program Contacts for Licenses and Permits
MO Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Note: There may be more places in Missouri you need to contact.
Accounting and tax help:
Hiring a tax professional will not only help you keep your Missouri LLC in compliance, but it will also give you an advisor to go to for other business questions.
You’ll want someone who’s a good fit for your company, makes you feel comfortable, and is willing to answer all of your questions. It should be someone you like personally as well as professionally. We recommend talking with at least 2-3 people before making your final decision.