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The Florida Secretary of State, Division of Corporations, handles the formation and organization of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) in Florida.  The first step in forming an LLC is doing a business entity search to make sure the name you want to use is available.  In Florida, every corporation and LLC must have a unique name.

 

Information on forming a Florida LLC can be found at the Florida Secretary of State / Sunbiz homepage.

How to do a Florida Business Entity search

Search for business entities in Florida by visiting the Florida Division of Corporations website.  Entities that can be searched for include; corporations, LLCs and limited  partnerships.  Enter the name you want to search for in the “Entity Name” field and matching results will be returned.

Who Can be Part of a Florida LLC?

A limited liability company consists of one or more members which may be individuals, partnerships, limited partnerships, trusts, estates, associations, corporations, other limited liability companies or other business entities.

Does Florida recognize single-member limited liability companies?

The Florida Secretary of State will approve single-member LLCs.

What is required to form a Florida limited liability company?

A domestic limited liability company must complete and file Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State and pay the required filing fee.

Florida LLC Name Requirements

The name of a limited liability company must contain the term or abbreviation “limited liability company”, “ltd. liability company”, “limited liability co.”, “ltd. liability co.”, “limited”, “llc”, “l.l.c.”, or “ltd.”  Upon formation the LLC registers a legal name.  Unless the LLC wants to do business under another name, it does not have to do a fictitious name registration.

How do I make changes after forming my LLC?

In order for a limited liability to make changes to its filing, the LLC must file Articles of Amendment with the Florida Secretary of State. The Secretary of State provides a form for this purpose which can be found at the Florida Secretary of State website. The filing fee is $25 for these corrections.

What is the difference between a domestic entity and foreign entity in Florida?

A domestic entity is where the business initially formed in Florida.  A foreign entity is a business entity (corp or LLC) that initially formed in another state and now wants to do business in Florida.  An out-of-state sole proprietorship or partnership would not have to file as a foreign entity since the entity is an individual.

Annual Report

All LLCs in Florida must file an annual report with the FL Corporations Division by May 1st of each year.  The filing fee is $138.75 and the document is filed online.

Registered Agent

A registered agent must have a physical Florida street address.  PO Boxes are not allowed.

Click here to find out what a Registered Agent service is and whether you need one.