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How to Find Business Records in Missouri State

How to Search for Missouri State Business Records

When searching for Missouri State business records, your search should start at the Secretary of State’s website (http://www.sos.mo.gov). From the horizontal menu under the header, you will need to choose the ‘Business’ option. Once in the business section, choose ‘Corporations’ from the left side menu. Once in the corporations section, you will need to choose the ‘Online Services’ option from the left side menu. This will take you to a page with several links. You will want to choose the first one, labeled ‘Search for Registered Corporation/Business Names’. Under the ‘Search for Registered Corporation/Business Names’ section, you will want to choose the ‘Click here to search the Secretary of State's database of business entities’ option. This will take you to a page where you have three search options: To search by business name, to search by character number, or to search by registered agent.

Searching By Business Name

The first way is to search by business name. Type in all or part of the business’s name and then select one of the following options: ‘Starting with’, ‘All words’, ‘Corporate name availability’, ‘Sounds like’, or ‘Exact match’. You can also select the ‘Only active corporations’ option so that you do not receive any inactive corporations in your search results listing. This option may be best for those who are wanting to use this search to determine if a particular corporate name is available for them to use.

After you hit ‘Search’, you will be taken to a page that lists each company’s name, their character numbers, the type of business (general business, LLC, non-profit, etc), their status (active or inactive), and each company’s entity creation date for every record that matches your search criteria. When you find the listing you are looking for, select the company’s name or character number to find out more information.

Searching By Character Number

The second option is to search by character number. You will need to select the ‘By Character Number’ link on the left side menu to get to the page (the second link under the ‘Search‘ section). Simply type the character number into the search box. There are no other options to narrow your search, since the character number should be exclusive to the company you are looking for. When you search by character number, after you hit ‘Search’ you will immediately be taken to the business page that matches that character number. This will take you directly to the company’s information page.

Searching By Registered Agent

Finally, the third way to search for Missouri State business records on the Secretary of State’s website is to search by registered agent. You will need to select the ‘By Registered Agent’ link on the left side menu to get to the page (the third link under the ‘Search‘ section). On this, you simply type the agent’s name into the search box. After you hit ‘Search’, you will get a list of all the registered agents with that name. Your search could easily pull up a few dozen names if you are searching a well populated state, have only searched on the last name, and that last name is fairly common. There may even be agents that have the same first and last name, but different middle initial, so make sure you look through the list carefully.

Beside each registered agent’s name, there will be a number representing how many businesses he or she is representing. Once you find the registered agent you are looking for, click on his or her name. This will take you to a page which lists each company’s name, their character numbers, the type of business (general business, LLC, non-profit, etc), their status (active or inactive), and each company’s entity creation date. You can click in the company name or entity number to get more information on that particular organization.

What Information You Will Find

All three of these options will eventually lead you to the same company information page. On this page you can receive information on the company’s business name history, their business information, and their registered agent information. Their business name history will list the name and the name type. Their business information will list their character number, status, entity creation date, state of business, expiration date, last annual report filed date, and last annual report filed. Their registered agent information will list the agent’s name, office address, and mailing address. You can also click on the agents name to see a listing of all the companies they represent and find out the same information on these companies as well.

No matter if you are doing this search to find out information on a particular company, to find a registered agent in Missouri for your own company, or to see if a particular business name is available, the Missouri Secretary of State’s website will be the best resource for you.

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