Public Notices

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Public Notice advertising plays a unique role both in American history and in the process by which this country’s democracy is preserved. Its one premise is that people must be informed if they are to govern themselves competently.

Missouri newspapers provide the citizens and the communities they serve with important information on topics ranging from abandoned property to zoological districts. Individuals, businesses and governmental entities often are required by law to publish certain information in newspapers qualified by statute to publish public notices.

Specifically, from Section 493.050, R.S.Mo.: All public advertisements and orders of publication required by law to be made and all legal publications affecting the title to real estate shall be published in some daily, triweekly, semiweekly or weekly newspaper of general circulation in the county where located and which shall have been admitted to the post office as periodicals class matter in the city of publication; shall have been published regularly and consecutively for a period of three years, except that a newspaper of general circulation may be deemed to be the successor to a defunct newspaper of general circulation, and subject to all of the rights and privileges of said prior newspaper under this statute, if the successor newspaper shall begin publication no later than thirty consecutive days after the termination of publication of the prior newspaper; shall have a list of bona fide subscribers voluntarily engaged as such, who have paid or agreed to pay a stated price for a subscription for a definite period of time.

The full text of the statute can be found online at

It is important that the newspaper’s staff members are familiar with the requirements outlined by state law. The Missouri Press Association provides an index to help connect the person or group with the relevant state statute.

Guide to Public Notices Required by Missouri Statutes

If you have any questions about this guide, please contact the Missouri Press Association.

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Public Notice advertising first came into being with the Congress of 1792. That body, recognizing its responsibility to the people, required the Postmaster General to advertise for bids for the construction of new post offices.

From that inauspicious beginning to the publication requirements in federal, state and local laws today, government officials have come more and more to understand their obligations to inform the public through Public Notice advertising.

Newspapers over the years have been the vehicle by which these obligations have been fulfilled. Missouri newspapers, in print and through, will continue to provide this function vital to a democratic society as long as the public demands it be informed frequently and by the best means possible “Because the People Must Know.”

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Missouri Press Association has created ads to help your newspaper spread the word about Public Notices and, the go-to website for accessing digital public notices from throughout the state of Missouri.

Print and web ads of varying sizes are available from the links below.


PDF-version of ad for print:

Also available is Missouri Press’ previous series of Public Notice ads that help inform your readers of the importance of keeping public notices in the newspaper.

Click the image to download the full-size, color pdf. Or click the link below each ad for a black and white version.


There are also 2-column Public Notice ads with a Q&A theme. Click on the links below each ad to download the PDFs.

Ads defending public notices available to download: 

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