How to Get a Business License in MO
You can get a business license online or by mail by applying with the correct licensing or regulatory agency for your business.
Business licensing requirements generally depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
There are three main licensing jurisdictions:
State of Missouri Business Licensing
The only state-level permit or license in Missouri is the sales tax license, also known as a seller’s permit.
You must obtain a seller's permit if you:
- Are engaged in business in Missouri
- Intend to sell or lease taxable goods or services.
Visit the Department of Revenue website to obtain a sales tax license.
Additionally, businesses in certain professions are required to have specific licenses. The Missouri Division of Professional Registration provides more information about other types of Missouri business licenses.
Local Missouri Business Licensing
In Missouri, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.
For example, Jefferson City requires all businesses, unless specifically exempt, to have a city business license.
Contact your local Missouri city or county government office for more information.
Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Missouri
Missouri Sales Tax License
You can register for a Missouri sales tax license online or by mail.
Businesses are also required to post a sales and use tax bond equal to three times their estimated monthly tax liability, unless the estimated amount is under $500, in which case the bond is only $25.
Other Missouri Business Licenses
Missouri sales tax licenses do not need to be renewed.
Renewal requirements for other state licenses vary. Some professional licenses can be renewed through the Missouri Division of Professional Registration’s online license renewal website. Check with the relevant state or local office for more information about any other licenses you may have.
Federal Business Licenses and Permits
You can get a business license by applying with the correct licensing and regulatory agency for your business. Business licensing requirements depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
If your business conducts activities that are regulated by the federal government, you will need to apply for the appropriate business license or permit.
Choose a business activity below to learn how to apply:
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Mining and drilling
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics
MO Business License FAQ
What is a business license?
A business license is a permit issued to businesses by a government office that allows the business to operate in a particular area. They can be issued by federal, state, or local governments. There are typically different licensing requirements for different businesses and different locations.
What are the types of business licenses?
There are many types of business licenses. These include licenses at the local, state, and federal levels, licenses related to sales tax and other taxes, and specific licenses for various professions. There are also environmental licenses, zoning permits, and more.
Is there a national business license?
Most businesses don’t need a federal business license, but some industries, including broadcasting, investment advising, and drug manufacturing, do have federal regulations and licenses.
Is an EIN the same as a business license?
No. An employer identification number (EIN) is issued by the IRS to identify and keep track of businesses, but it does not license them to operate.
Is an LLC considered a business license?
No. An LLC is a type of business structure. While you are required to register as an LLC, it is not a business license.
Who needs a Missouri business license?
Any business that sells taxable goods or services needs a Missouri sales tax license. Businesses in certain professions or locations may also need other specific licenses.
What licenses do I need to open a business in Missouri?
Most businesses at least need a sales tax license. Businesses in certain professions or locations may also need other specific licenses.
What is a seller’s permit?
A seller’s permit is the common name for a license or permit that allows you to sell products or services. In Missouri, this is called a sales tax license.
How much does a Missouri business license cost?
When registering for a Missouri sales tax license, businesses must post a bond equal to three times their estimated monthly tax obligation, unless that estimate is under $500, in which case the bond is $25. The cost of other licenses varies.
How do I get a Missouri business license?
You can register for a Missouri sales tax license online through the Missouri Department of Revenue’s Online New Business Registration website.
Do I have to renew my Missouri business license?
Missouri sales tax licenses do not need to be renewed. Some professional licenses can be renewed through the Missouri Division of Professional Registration’s online license renewal website. Check with the relevant state or local office for more information about any other licenses you may have..