The Missouri Secretary of State Corporations
is composed of three independent units. The Corporations Division is
responsible for managing and overseeing the establishment and operation of more
than 300,000 businesses in the State of
Missouri. If an individual wishes to create a business entity in Missouri, it
must complete the necessary documents and file these documents with the
Corporations Unit of the Missouri Secretary of State Corporations.
If a company has registered as a domestic
corporation in another state but wishes to operate in Missouri, it must
register as a foreign business entity with the Corporations Unit. A business or
corporation cannot operate in the State of Missouri unless it is registered with this Department. However, business creation is not the only
responsibility of this organization.
In addition to overseeing the production of
business entities, the Missouri Secretary of State Corporations has a unit
dedicated to maintaining relevant documents and a unit responsible
for processing and issuing personal property liens. Both of these
units play an important role in the regulation of business entities in the State of Missouri.
Together, the three units that comprise the
Missouri Secretary of State Corporations seek to ensure that consumers are not
subjected to fraud and deceit by business entities. In the event that an
individual wishes to register his/her business with this Department, he/she can access the necessary forms online.
He/she can also review answers to frequently asked questions regarding the
Secretary of State Corporations and the process of creating a business entity.