Welcome to the official Start a Business webpage dedicated to getting prospective Mississippi business owners and operators registered with the Secretary of State. The office of the Secretary of State offers a streamlined portal specifically designed for the submission of registration forms and fees. As the option to download the PDF of the requisite forms has not been available with this State, all applicant’s will need to create an online account through which they can efficiently organize their business filings. The account registration process has been relayed in this tutorial for those who have found this process confusing. This home page is designed to give a brief overview of all available functions and filings and we encourage filers to take a deeper look at our more detailed tutorials found linked throughout.
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Mississippi Online Registration
As opposed to many states in which online registration is an option, the Mississippi Secretary of State has asked all filers to submit their documentation online through their portal. The process of signing up for an account should only take a few minutes as the information asked of you is very basic. Once logged in, you will have access to all the conveniences online filing has to offer including, but not limited to, name reservations, immediate registration submission and annual report filing/business renewal. If you are experiencing trouble navigating through the sign-up procedure, our tutorial will walk you through it step by step.
Search for a Name
For essentially all states, we here at Start a Business recommend that filers take the time to research the availability of their name before registering their business with the Secretary of State. The State of Mississippi is no exception and we’ve taken the time to include an in depth tutorial on the Business Entity Search function made available on their government website. Not only will this prove useful for establishing the uniqueness of your given name but it will also enable business owners and the like to research the detailed filing history and business information of any registered entity.
How to File in Mississippi
Step 1 – As previously mentioned, it is advisable to cross check the Secretary of State name database using the Business Entity Search function as the first step in the filing process. This will ensure that your entity name is usable in the state of Mississippi. Another filing that many business owners have found useful is the Name Reservation which will put a hold on your entity name for a period of 6 months prior to registration. This filing will require an account with the government website and the payment of a $25 filing fee.
Step 2 – You will now have to decide what type of entity you intend on forming. Select the link below which corresponds to your entity type to be navigated to a more detailed tutorial. It is required that you are logged into your account before you’re able to submit any information to the authorities. More information on the registration process can be found here.
- Domestic Profit Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation
- Foreign Profit Corporation
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
- Domestic Limited Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnerships
- Domestic General Partnerships
- Foreign Limited Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Limited Partnerships
Step 3 – Next, you will be able to pay the filing fee associated with your entity type. If you decide to submit your application/formation documents online, you can pay by credit card or e-check. A secondary option is to print off a physical copy of the application and mail it into the office of the Secretary of State (address below) with an attached check covering the cost of filing. In both cases, the payment of the fees marks the completion of the filing process.
Secretary of State
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205
- Domestic Profit Corporation-$50
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation-$50
- Foreign Profit Corporation-$500
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation-$100
Limited Liability Company
- Domestic Limited Liability Company-$50
- Foreign Limited Liability Company-$250
- Domestic Limited Partnership-$50
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership-$250
- Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnerships-$50
- Domestic General Partnerships-$25
- Foreign Limited Partnership-$250
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership-$250
- Foreign Limited Liability Limited Partnerships-$250
A Name Reservation can prove valuable if you wish to prevent other entities from registering under your business name in the time it takes you to prepare to file. The state of Mississippi has allowed for a generous 180 day window in which the rights to the name will remain yours. To perform a reservation, you will need to log into your online account and submit the information through the Secretary of State portal before paying the $25 filing fee. Like with the business registration, you will be given the option to submit the completed form online or through the mail. A filing of this variety is useful especially for foreign entities wishing to avoid the necessity of a fictitious name.
Certificate of Existence
If you are looking to obtain a certificate of existence (a.k.a. certificate of good standing/status) you will be able to do so through the use of your online account. This document is most often used by entities wishing to expand their business outside the borders of their jurisdiction of initial formation although it is not uncommon for it to be demanded by financial institutions when financing is requested. Essentially this certificate is used to prove your legitimacy and legality with the Mississippi Secretary of State. The price for a document of this variety is $25 made payable online by credit card or e-check. A tutorial walking you through the acquisition process can be found here.
In the State of Mississippi, the incorporation of an organizing document into the business structure of your entity is not required by law. However, regardless of the type of entity you plan on forming, we maintain that drafting an agreement binding the members of your business to a certain set of rules and regulations is something all businesses should consider. The agreement will allow you to effectively delineate the nature of the relationship between the members of the entity and the entity itself. For more information and a free template of each agreement, click on the link which corresponds with your entity type below.
Employer Identification Number
Immediately after receiving correspondence from the Secretary of State accepting your registration, the initial organizers of your business should apply for an Employer Identification Number. This will allow the IRS to identify you as a legitimate, tax paying entity and will in turn allow you to hire employees and commit to all levels of financial transactions. Consider the EIN the corporate equivalent of a Social Security Number. For more information on how to apply, please take the time to review our in-depth Online and PDF Form SS-4 tutorials.