Renew Business Licenses, File Returns, and Payments

Renew and pay business licenses online, in person, or by mail

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Existing businesses that have received a renewal or payment notice from our office can process their Business License Renewal(s) and payment online on the St. Louis PayIt portal.

An existing business is a business that filed for a City of St. Louis business license in a previous license year.

On the St. Louis PayIt portal you can expect:

  • To pay the license renewal for an existing business license
  • As a current PayIt user, to create a record of the transaction
  • As a new PayIt user, to create an account or proceed to payment as a guest user


  1. Locate the seven-digit common document number (Example: AL1234567) on the top left corner of the renewal application you received from our office. You will need to have this information in order to proceed.
  2. Confirm that you will be completing one of the transactions below to renew and make a payment:
    • Convention and Tourism - Sleeping Room Sales Tax Return - (L416900)
    • Graduated Business License Renewal - (L421408)
    • Graduated Manufacturer Business License Renewal - (L421447)
    • Gross Receipts Tax Return - Public Garage/Parking Lots - (L421431)
    • Hotel/Motel Sales Tax - Sleeping Room Sales tax Return - (L416901)
    • Restaurant Gross Receipts Tax Return - (L416902)


You may pay in person, online or by mail.

In Person

You can pay in person with cash, check, money order or credit/debit.

  1. Bring your payment to:

    Office of the License Collector
    City Hall, Room 104
    1200 Market
    St. Louis, MO 63103
  2. Make checks payable to: Mavis T. Thompson, Esq., License Collector

By Mail

You can mail in your renewal application with check or money order.

  1. Mail your completed renewal application and payment to:
Mavis T. Thompson, Esq.
License Collector
PO BOX 78158
Saint Louis, MO 63178-8158
  1.  Make checks payable to: Mavis T. Thompson, Esq., License Collector


Online renewals can be made through PayIt St. Louis. You will need your common document number to renew and proceed to payment.

  1. Go to
  2. Follow the prompts to log in, sign up or continue as a guest.
  3. Select "License Renewal" and the renewal type.
  4. Enter and search for the common document number and proceed with renewal and payment.
  5. Payment can be made with credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) or eCheck. Processing fees will apply (see fee section below).

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Fees are associated with credit card transactions (Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express) and e-checks. These fees are charged by the online service processor, not the License Collector's Office.

  • For credit card transactions, a 2.45% processing fee is charged.
  • For e-checks, a $1.95 flat fee is charged.  
  • PayIt will charge a $3.00 processing fee per transaction.

There are no processing fees for In Person payments using cash, check or money order.

What to Expect

Once the renewal application and payment are received, our office will need to obtain certain clearances required for your business type in order to issue your renewed business license. The license will be mailed to the address on file.

Examples of possible required clearances are (but not limited to):

  • Collector of Revenue
  • Building Division
  • Health Department
  • Police approval for secondhand merchandise, cell phone sales, pawn shops, etc.
  • Missouri Department of Revenue - Sales Tax Division
  • Board of Public Safety


Office of the License Collector

(314) 622-4528

1200 Market Street, City Hall Room 102-104
St. Louis, MO 63103

Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Contact the Office of the License Collector

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