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Form BE 1 Application for Reservation Name




This form is required to reserve a name for a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership in the state of Missouri.  This form provides very little instruction, and the instructions under the Secretary of State are limited as well.  You’re strongly encouraged to speak with an attorney.  Use this form for the following reasons as well:

·  functioning domestic corporation attempting to change its name

·  foreign corporation trying to receive a certificate of authority to transact business

·  a foreign corporation authorized to conduct business in the state but trying to change its name

·  any person forming a foreign corporation with intentions to apply for a certificate of authority


“Application for Reservation of Name BE 1 Step 1”

Enter the requested name on the first line on this form.  If you’re reserving a name for a corporation, make sure to include one of the following terms: Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Limited, or an appropriate abbreviation. 


“Application for Reservation of Name BE 1 Step 2”

If you want to search business names already used in the state of Missouri, click on the following link: https://www.sos.mo.gov/BusinessEntity/soskb/csearch.asp.  You have the following search options: starting with, all words, corporate name availability, sounds like, exact match, and only active corporations. 


“Application for Reservation of Name BE 1 Step 3”

The applicant needs to provide their signature, printed name, title, date of signature, and address at the bottom of this form. 


“Application for Reservation of Name BE 1 Step 4”

If the requested name is approved by the Secretary of State, the name stays reserved for 60 days.  If you want to extend the reservation, attach additional name reservations for the same name.  You can only reserve a name up to 180 days in the state of Missouri. 


“Application for Reservation of Name BE 1 Step 5”

There is a filing fee of $25.00 for all business entities except a limited liability partnership.  The filing fee for an LLP is $30.00.  Make the check payable to Secretary of State.  Send the completed form and filing fee to the following address:


State of Missouri

Secretary of State

Corporations Division

PO Box 778

Jefferson City, MO 65102

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