This webpage should serve as a general overview for the filing process of all corporations in the state of Florida. Whether you are forming a new entity or registering a pre-existing, foreign corporation, your filing must comply with Title XXXVI, Chapter 607, Part 1 of the Florida State Statutes. The Division of Corporations branch of the Department of the State has provided two methods of application, online (exclusively domestic) or through the downloading of the PDF of the Certificate of Authority or Articles of Organization. The filing fee for corporations across the board is $70, half of which is due to the designation of the registered agent.

How to Incorporate

Step 1- The first step to starting any business is to come up with a name that is representative of the company. Within the State of Florida, under Title XXXVI, 607.0401, all corporate names must be distinguishable from the name of any other entity on file with the Department of State. It must also contain the word  “corporation,” “company,” or “incorporated” or an approved abbreviation thereof. To ensure originality, a Business Inquiry can be performed on the government website.

Step 2- Once you’ve been assured that your chosen name is usable, you may continue by accessing the filing forms either electronically (domestic exclusively) or by downloading the PDF form. Click on the link below that corresponds with the entity type you’re trying to form to gain access to our complete tutorials on the registration process.

Step 3- When you’ve completely filled the out the filing forms, you will be able to pay the filing fee. If submitting online, this fee should be submitted via credit card. f you have chosen to file through the printing of the PDF form, you will have to attach with it a check payable to the Florida Department of State covering the $35 (filing fee) as well as the fee associated with the designation of the registered agent ($35). You will also have the option to pay for a Certificate of Status ($8.75) or a Certified Copy (also $8.75) if you wish.

Step 4- Place all items in an envelope addressed to the Department of State as shown shown below.

Mailing Address

Department of State: Division of Corporations

Corporate Filings, P.O. Box 6327

Tallahassee, FL 32314

Courier Address

Department of State: Division of Corporations

Clifton Building, 2661 Executive Center Circle

Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tips

Corporate Bylaws It is in the best interest of a company which has recently incorporated to draft the Corporate Bylaws for their business to detail the management of the business and the regulation of it’s internal affairs as seen in Title XXXVI, Chapter 607.0206. A template is available for download in both Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word formatting on our tutorial linked at the beginning of this section. Be sure to have an attorney review the completed document to ensure that its contents will best serve the corporation and its managing members.

Renewal All corporations are required to file an annual report online between January 1st and May 1st of each year in order to maintain the status of good standing. A $150 filing fee will be applied to profit corporations while non-profit corporations need only pay $61.25. If filed after May 1st, and filed by a profit corporation, $400 will be added to the additional fee. Click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph to access the online annual report submission portal on which you can enter your 12 digit document number.

EIN– Clicking on the link to the left will bring you to a tutorial regarding the acquisition of a Employer Identification Number, a number used by IRS to identify businesses for tax reporting purposes. This will be a necessary step in your formation in order for any kind of financial undertaking to take place. The EIN can be obtained Online through the IRS website or with Form SS-4. The application for this number is considered an essential step in the formation of any new corporation.

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