Missouri Registered Agents for LLCs

Every business entity formed in Missouri needs to formally appoint a person or business to act as a Registered Agent. Your Missouri Registered Agent provides various services to MO LLCs, including the acceptance of formal documents and correspondence from the Missouri Secretary of State.

Your LLC must have a Missouri Registered Agent at all times. You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing MO Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent service.

Information from the Missouri Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Here’s some important information from the Missouri Secretary of State on MO Registered Agent services.

“All foreign and domestic corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships registered in Missouri must maintain a registered agent. The registered agent must have a Missouri address. The registered agent's business office must be identical to the entity's registered office. Each entity must notify the Secretary of State in case of a change of the registered agent or a change of his or her address.”

Registered Agent Service Rules in Missouri

There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing a Missouri Registered Agent service for your business. They are:

  • If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Missouri.
  • If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in Missouri.
  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Missouri, not a P.O. Box.
  • The MO Registered Agent must be available in person during normal business hours to sign for any correspondence.

Note that the MO Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your Missouri LLC business address.

The Purpose of a Missouri Registered Agent

What can you expect from your Missouri Registered Agent? Their main function is to accept official documents and correspondence from the MO Secretary of State. This includes:

  • Correspondence from the Missouri Secretary of State
  • Service of process notices (e.g., if your MO LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
  • Official Missouri state and federal government correspondence and notifications
  • Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports

A Complete Missouri Registered Agent Service from Incfile

If you have an LLC that’s incorporated in Missouri and you need a MO Registered Agent, we can help. Incfile provides a complete Registered Agent service for any Missouri business. If you form your business through Incfile, we’ll act as your Registered Agent free for your first year (normally a $119 annual cost).

We are authorized to conduct business in Missouri and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what you need to know about Incfile’s MO Registered Agent service:

  • The Registered Agent will always be available to accept documents and letters on your behalf.
  • We automatically notify you whenever we receive correspondence for your business from the Missouri Secretary of State or anyone else.
  • We scan your correspondence and upload it to a dashboard, so you can review it when convenient.
  • We forward all correspondence to an address you choose.

Appointing a MO Registered Agent Service for Your Missouri LLC

You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Missouri LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.

Assign Your Missouri Registered Agent When You Form Your MO LLC

Your business needs to have a Missouri Registered Agent Service as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.

File Articles of Organization with the Missouri Secretary of State

You will need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Articles of Organization. This is the form that you file with the MO Secretary of State to formally create your business.

Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free Missouri Registered Agent

When you incorporate through us, we complete and file your Articles of Organization based on the information you’ve provided. Additionally, we give you a free Missouri Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your MO Registered Agent in the form that we file.

Assign a Different Missouri Registered Agent Service After Incorporation

You can also change your MO Registered Agent service after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.

Choose a Registered Agent Service and File a Statement of Change of Registered Agent with the Missouri Secretary of State

Once you’ve chosen a new Missouri Registered Agent, you can complete a “Statement of Change of Registered Agent” form. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the secretary of state so they can update your records.

Sign up for Incfile’s Missouri Registered Agent Service and We’ll File the Change on Your Behalf

When you choose to use our MO Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete a “Statement of Change of Registered Agent” on your behalf and send it to the Missouri Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.

Missouri Registered Agent Search

In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Missouri LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Missouri Secretary of State, which will often provide details of a specific business’s Registered Agent.

If the MO Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Missouri Secretary of State requesting the information.

Issues with Not Having a Missouri Registered Agent

What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Missouri Secretary of State? There are several possible ramifications, including:

  • Getting served or sued and not finding out about it: If your LLC is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgment in your absence.
  • Falling out of good standing with the Missouri Secretary of State: If you don’t respond to certain correspondence (like the request for your annual report), certain states may revoke your right to do business.
  • Losing your status as a Missouri LLC: A MO Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Missouri LLC may be dissolved.

You Can Appoint Yourself as Your Own Missouri Registered Agent

If you have an address in Missouri, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:

  • The MO Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Missouri. If you’re forming an LLC outside MO, you will need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
  • You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Missouri address to sign for important documents.
  • The MO Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Missouri Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address aren’t published, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your Missouri business address or move out of state, you would need to file additional documentation with the MO Secretary of State for the new address if you act as your own Registered Agent. This would not be the case if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much simpler.

FAQs About Missouri Registered Agents

Do I Need to Appoint a Missouri Registered Agent?

Yes. All MO LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Missouri Secretary of State.

When Can I Assign a Missouri Registered Agent Service?

You can either do it when you incorporate your Missouri business through paperwork filed with the MO Secretary of State or afterward by filing the correct form. If you form your business through Incfile, we will file all necessary forms on your behalf.

Can I Be My Own Registered Agent in Missouri?

Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above. If you still want to be your own Registered Agent, you need to fill in the correct forms and pay a fee to the Missouri Secretary of State.

Does My MO Registered Agent Need to Have an Address in Missouri?

Yes. Additionally, if they are a business providing Registered Agent services, they must be legally able to conduct business in your state.

Useful Resources for Missouri Registered Agent Services

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