How To Fill Out The Missouri Articles of Organization
The Missouri Articles of Organization is the official document filed with the Missouri Secretary of State, Corporations Division to establish a Limited Liability Company (LLC). After the filing is approved by the state, the business can officially begin operating and register for the necessary business licenses and permits.
To file the Missouri Articles of Organization, you will need to submit the completed LCC-1 Articles of Organization form to the Missouri Secretary of State. The form can be completed and sent by mail or filed online.
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Let’s go over how to fill out the LLC Articles of Organization in Missouri. To get started, visit the Missouri Secretary of State’s website to download the form.
Step 1: Pick a Name for the LLC
The first step in filling out the Missouri Operating Agreement is to pick a business name.
There are a couple of requirements when choosing a Missouri LLC name.
1. The name of your LLC must not be too similar to the name of another business entity already registered with the state of Missouri. You can verify name availability by doing a Missouri LLC name search with the Missouri Secretary of State to be sure the LLC name is available.
2. The name of the LLC must include one of the following entity identifiers at the end of the business name:
– Limited Liability Company
– Limited Liability Co.
– Limited Company
– L. L. C.
– L L C
– L C
Enter the LLC name including the identifier to continue. If you choose a name that is taken, the Secretary of State will return your application.
Step 2: Describe the LLC’s Purpose
In this section, you will enter some basic information regarding the LLC’s purpose.
A little detail on what the business will do is necessary, but keeping this statement somewhat generic allows the purpose of the business to change and not need to later amend the Articles of Organization.
Step 3: Appoint a Registered Agent
One requirement to have an LLC in Missouri is to appoint a Missouri registered agent. The registered agent is a party that is located in the state of Missouri that will receive important notices and service of process (which means to accept papers that start a lawsuit) on behalf of the LLC. The address of the registered office must be a physical street address as a PO Box isn’t allowed.
Provided the LLC member lives in the state of Missouri, they may act as the registered agent or the agent can be an adult resident of the state or registered agent service.
Related: Should you be the registered agent?
Step 4: Choose the Management Structure
The next step provides information regarding whether the LLC is Manager-Managed or Member-Managed.
A Member-Managed LLC is involved with the day-to-day operations of the business. Many LLCs are operated and run by the owner, in which case would be Member-Managed.
A Manager-Managed LLC refers to a Limited Liability Company that hires a manager to run the business, similar to hiring a CEO of a corporation.
Choose from one of the choices and move to step 5.
Step 5: Enter the Duration of the LLC
This is an optional section and not common for most LLCs. However, if there is a specified date the LLC will cease to exist, enter the date here. This is used more often for investment-related entities.
Step 6: Include the Names of the LLC’s Organizers
The Organizer is someone who is involved with the LLC formation. The Organizer may or may not be a member, such as a mentor, attorney, or accountant, but any of the initial member(s) could be listed as an organizer.
At least one person acting as organizer will list their name and physical address (PO Boxes aren’t allowed.
Step 7: Election of Series LLC
In Missouri, an LLC can elect to be a series LLC, which is essentially multiple LLCs under one umbrella. This is an optional section.
Related: What is a series LLC?
Step 8: Address to Return the Articles of Organization
Enter the name and address of the person who should receive the filed copy of the Articles of Organization.
Step 9: Enter the Principal Office Address
This is an option section and the Principal Office Address may be, but is not required to be, the actual place of the business to the physical street address, or the main location where the business records are kept. A physical address must be used as P.O. Boxes are not acceptable.
Step 10: Choose the LLC’s Effective Date
While you cannot back-date the formation date of your LLC, you can delate the start date of the LLC.
If you want the LLC to start on today’s date, leave this field blank, otherwise enter a date less than 90 days in the future to start.
Step 11: Sign and File the Articles of Organization
The organizer(s) from step 6 will review the Articles of Organization and if all of the information is correct, they will sign the document, along with sending the filing fee.
You’ve filed your Missouri LLC Articles of Organization! Now what?
After the LLC is officially filed with the Missouri Secretary of State, there are a few additional things to follow up on. Below is a list of some of the tasks to consider.
Prepare a Missouri LLC Operating Agreement
The operating agreement is an internal document that covers items like ownership rights, profit and loss distribution, member responsibilities, and more.
Missouri Statute § 347.081 states that every Missouri LLC is required to have an Operating Agreement.
Obtain an EIN
The EIN or Employer Identification Number (also called a Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN) is a unique 9-digit tax identification number that is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The EIN will be needed before filing business tax returns, opening a bank account, hiring employees, registering for business licenses and permits, and more.
Related: How to Apply for an EIN