Solicitor License

Instructions for obtaining a Solicitor License

A Solicitor license is required for any person wishing to visit St. Charles residents “door to door” for the purpose of solicitation including, but not limited to:

  • Collecting from the general public, money, donations, property or financial assistance of any kind
  • Gifting, selling or offering to sell any article, service, publication, advertisement, ticket or subscription of any kind for any purpose

Criminal Records Check

A Missouri State Highway Patrol background check is required for all solicitor licensees, and licenses are only valid for a maximum of 30 days from the date that the background check is completed. Licensees are required to re-apply upon expiration of the license. The Saint Charles records division will not accept Criminal Record checks that were completed more than three (3) days prior to the Solicitor License application.

Penalties

Failing to obtain/secure a solicitor license prior to engaging in door-to-door solicitation can result in fines up to five-hundred dollars ($500) and restriction from being able to obtain a solicitor license for two (2) years from conviction. Please see Section 640.160 – Penalty for more information

Required Documents

To obtain a Solicitor license, each applicant must apply in-person at the Saint Charles Police Department Records with the following documents:

  1. Proof of a current Business License, obtained from the City of Saint Charles – 1st Floor Collections Department – City Hall, (200 North Second Street, Saint Charles, MO, 63301)
  2. A copy of a current sales tax license, issued by the Missouri Department of Revenue, if applicable
  3. An official statement (typically on business letterhead) stating that the applicant is authorized to act as a representative of the business, entity or organization named in the application
  4. A Criminal Record Check, obtained from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, that has been completed no more than three (3) days ago
    1. You may submit a paper form by mail (SHP-158R) to the Highway Patrol; or
    2. You may apply online through MACHS, the Highway Patrol online system
  5. A Valid Photo ID from a state or federal agency
  6. Completed Solicitor Permit Application
  7. A fee of fifty ($50) dollars, payable by cash, check or money order