How to Register a Florida LLC

Florida LLC certificate of formation

A Florida LLC is a business structure that limits the owners’ liability. It is possible to register an LLC in Florida by filing articles of organization with the Division of Corporations.

This process is simple and inexpensive. It also opens the door to obtaining an Employee Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS and opening a bank account.

Articles of organization

The articles of organization are the governing document for a Florida LLC. These documents tell the state key details about your business, such as its members and managers. They also indicate whether the LLC will be taxed as a partnership or corporation. The articles of organization are usually simple to complete, but it’s important that you get them right. Providing incorrect information can lead to legal trouble in the future.

You’ll need to provide a registered agent for your Florida LLC. This is an individual or company that will accept service of process for the LLC and liaise with third parties and government agencies on behalf of the LLC. Our registered agent service can help you find an ideal agent.

You’ll also need to provide a start date for your LLC. This is typically the date you file the articles of organization or the date the articles are approved by Sunbiz. Some states have additional requirements for the start date, so check the state’s website for guidance.

Operating agreement

The operating agreement is a document enabling an LLC to map out its management. It also helps preserve its limited liability status by demonstrating that it is a separate business entity. It is not required in Florida, but it is highly recommended. It may also be helpful in preventing veil piercing claims.

The name must be distinguishable from the names of other businesses in Florida and cannot include words indicating “corporation” or “incorporation.” It should contain the word “Limited Liability Company” or abbreviation “LLC,” or the letters “L.L.C.” It must also include the physical address of its registered agent.

The registered agent is the person or corporation that agrees to accept service of process on behalf of an LLC when it is sued. The agent must have a physical address in the state of Florida and be available during regular business hours. The LLC must also obtain a federal tax ID number (Employer Identification Number), which is necessary for obtaining a bank account and applying for certain business licenses.

Certificate of good standing

A Certificate of Good Standing is an official state document that shows your LLC or corporation is a legal entity in the state of Florida. It proves that your company is authorized to do business in the state and has paid all required fees.

Unlike a Florida business license, this document does not expire. It is also useful for obtaining an EIN from the IRS, opening bank accounts, and other business purposes. Having a certificate of good standing in Florida will help your business gain credibility with customers, suppliers, and lenders.

While forming an LLC is simple, it’s important to consult with an attorney to ensure your documents are filed correctly. UpCounsel connects you with the top 5 percent of lawyers from top law schools like Harvard and Yale who have years of experience working with businesses just like yours. These attorneys can help you get a Florida Certificate of Good Standing quickly and affordably.

Annual report

If you are operating a business in Florida, you’ll need to file an annual report. This is a document that is standardized across states and tells the state about important information about your business, including its name, address, and authorized representatives. It also updates the state’s records. The filing is important to keep your business in good standing with the state.

Many small businesses choose to form an LLC in Florida because it offers personal asset protection and the advantage of pass-through taxation. This means that the company’s income will “pass through” to the members and be reported on their individual tax returns.

Florida’s Division of Corporations requires that the annual report be filed by the third Friday in September. The state will send reminder notices to the LLC’s registered agent. If the report is not filed by the deadline, the state will administratively dissolve or revoke the business entity. This can have serious consequences for your business.