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Conducting a Missouri LLC Search and Naming Your Business

Your Missouri business entity needs the perfect name, and we’re here to help. In this section we’ll guide you through searching the MO Secretary of State business register, tell you about the rules for naming your business, describe the “Fictitious Name” process and get you started with registering your LLC.

Missouri Secretary of State Business Search

You need to check whether there’s already another Missouri LLC registered with your desired business name. That means searching the Missouri Secretary of State website using their business entity search tool. You can easily look up MO LLCs and corporations by name and other details.

If the business name is already used, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try searching for a different business name instead.

Missouri Secretary of State Business Name Search Tool

Business Name Registration Rules for Your Missouri LLC

Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Missouri Secretary of State naming rules. These do vary from state to state — we’ve got general naming rules below, as well as naming rules specific to LLC businesses formed in MO.

Missouri LLC DBA or Fictitious Names

You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Missouri, doing business under a different name is known as a “Fictitious Name.” You might choose to use a different name from your MO formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.

For example, your LLC might be called Missouri Wealth Management Holding Company LLC and you brand yourself as Missouri Money Management. You should file a Fictitious Name to let the Missouri Secretary of State know. In Missouri, you do that through a “Registration of Fictitious Name” form, or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf through our DBA / Fictitious Names service.

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Business Name Registration for Your Missouri LLC

Once you’ve searched for your Missouri business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether you need a fictitious name, you can register your MO LLC name. There are a couple of ways to do this.

  • 1

    If you don’t want to form your Missouri LLC right now, you can reserve the business name with the Missouri Secretary of State. You will need to complete an “Application for Reservation of Name” form and file it with the MO SOS. You do not need to reserve a name if you are forming your business right away.


    ​Missouri SOS LLC Name Reservation Form

  • 2

    If you’re ready to start your Missouri LLC, you can formally file your Articles of Organization with the Missouri SOS, or let Incfile take care of it for you.

FAQs on Naming Your Missouri LLC

You might find the following answers useful.

Useful Resources for Naming Your Missouri LLC

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Trademarks and Service Marks

You must be careful that your Missouri LLC name does not infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to make sure your proposed business name does not infringe is to carry out a trademark search through Incfile. If it doesn’t infringe, you can even register it as a trademark yourself.

Incfile Trademark Search and Registration Service

Find the Perfect Name for Your Missouri LLC

The perfect business name can be elusive. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but basically, you'll want to choose a name that will:

  • Appeal to your customers
  • Be memorable enough to stand out
  • Best represent your product or services
  • Not be used by another business
Incfile Guide to Choosing a Business Name

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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

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