Welcome to the Start a Business guide to LLC registration in the state of Florida. Limited Liability Companies in this state must file and conduct business in compliance to Title XXXVI Chapter 605 of the General State Statutes. Both foreign and domestic LLCs will be asked to pay the same filing fee of $100 with an additional $25 covering the appointment of the registered agent. Although online filing has been made available for businesses opening in state, foreign entities will be required to file using a downloaded PDF form of the Application for Certificate of Authority. LLC’s from out of state will also need to provide a certificate of existence signed by the Secretary of State or similar authority in their region of original formation.

How to Form

Step 1- Choose a name. This must be done in accordance with Title XXXVI 605.0112 therefore it must include the words “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.” or “LLC.” No other business entity within the State of Florida may be already operating under your name of choice; to avoid rejection during filing, perform a Business Entity Search before continuing on with this tutorial.

Step 2- You must now choose which category of LLC you fall under and the method in which you’d like to file. As you may have already deduced, a domestic LLC is one which is being formed in state, while a foreign LLC is a pre-existing, out of state company wishing to do business in Florida. Click on the link below that corresponds with your entity type to learn more about how to go about filing out the filing forms.

Step 3- Once you’ve completed either the PDF or the online filing you will be required to pay the filing fee. If you’ve chosen to file online, you will be able to pay by credit card on the site. Otherwise, a check will need to be made out to the Department of State for $125 covering the filing fee as well as the appointment of the registered agent.

Step 4- If choosing to print off the PDF of the Articles of Organization or Application for Authorization, you will be required to put both the filing fee and the form in an envelope and send it to either of the below addresses depending on method of delivery. Foreign LLC’s will also be required to attach a certificate of existence/good standing from their original state.

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

Renewal All LLCs are required to renew each year with the Department of State in order to update them on any changes which may have occurred over the course of a year. The annual report filing for an LLC takes place between the 1st of January and the 1st of May. Failure to file in time will result in a supplementary fee of $400 on top of the pre-existing $138.75. This yearly renewal is essential for all business wishing to remain in good standing with the state and to maintain the status of  “Active”.

EIN– Immediately after filing, LLC’s should register for an Employer Identification Number to allow Internal Revenue Services to recognize the business. Companies without an EIN will be unable to take part in any financial proceedings such as opening bank accounts and registering for corporate credit cards. More information on the acquisition of the EIN can be found in our online tutorial accessible through the link attached to this paragraph. One can be obtained Online through the IRS website or with Form SS-4.

Operating Agreement– Operating agreements are internal documents drafted by the initial organizers of an LLC to establish the manner in which the business is to operate. Details surrounding the appointment of officers, scheduling of meetings and the managerial tasks and responsibilities should be included within this agreement. For access to a free template, simply click on the link above and download either the PDF or the Microsoft word file.

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