Florida Limited Liability Company
LLCs are governed by the Florida Statues - Title XXXVI, Chapter 608, Limited Liability Companies.
When you form an LLC in Florida, you're bound to have questions. This page is designed to help you find your answers, forms, or whatever information you need to organize and maintain your Florida LLC.
LLCs in Florida are formed with the Department of State's Division of Corporations. In order to create an LLC, you file a form known as the Articles of Organization.
In Florida, you can file your Articles of Organization online through the Department of State's website. Once the filing is completed, the FL Division of Corporations' system will provide you with your confirmation and payment receipt. If you file by mail, the Division of Corporations will mail you a copy of your articles if you used a paper form. Individuals in Florida cannot file by fax.
What you really need to know about forming LLCs in Florida:
How do I start or register an LLC in Florida?
We can form your LLC for you, but if you want to do it yourself, we’ve created an in-depth guide on how to form an LLC in Florida.
How much does it cost to form an LLC in Florida?
Total cost: $125. This fee covers the filing costs. Your Florida LLC will be formed instantly after you complete your filing.
Florida LLC name requirements?
You can perform a Florida LLC name search for free online. Your LLC’s name must be unique and include the words “limited liability company”, or end with the abbreviation “LLC”, “L.L.C.”
LLC name reservations?
Name reservations are not required in Florida.
Do I need a registered agent for my LLC in Florida?
Yes. On the Articles of Organization, you must designate an Florida registered agent.
How are LLCs governed?
You form the LLC with the Department of State, but an LLC in Florida is governed internally by its operating agreement.
Where can I get an operating agreement for my LLC in Florida?
You can find every legal document you’ll need for your Florida LLC in our Free LLC forms section.
What other legal forms will I need for my LLC?
Links to forms you’ll most likely need to start your LLC in Florida are provided below:
Do I need an EIN for my LLC in Florida?
Yes. After you receive your Articles of Organization from the Department of State's Division of Corporations, you’ll need to obtain an Employer Identification Number for your LLC, or what’s more commonly known as an EIN.
How do I open a bank account for my LLC in Florida?
Your LLC's members may need to sign a resolution to open a bank account for your LLC. Likely, you will also need to open the account in person.
Florida LLC Maintenance
Below, you’ll find some general guidelines to help you navigate operating an LLC in Florida.
Florida LLCs are obliged to file an annual report with the Department of State. They cost $138.75 for domestic and foreign LLCs. The LLC annual reports are due May 1. Annual reports are completed on-line on the FL DOS website. To learn more about these annual reports, see our Florida annual report page.
All revenue in your Florida LLC will be passed onto you personally, which means you’ll have to pay Florida’s personal tax rate (as well as applicable federal taxes) on all profit that passes to you through your LLC. See our Florida taxes page for more specifics.
Doing business elsewhere
In order to qualify your Florida LLC in a US state or other territory, you’ll need to obtain a Florida Certificate of Status (in most states this is known as a Certificate of Good Standing) from the Department of State. Then you’ll need to file an Application for Authorization in your new state and attach a Certificate of Status to the application. The cost of authorization varies by state, but Certificates of Status will cost $5. They will be available instantly after you complete your filing. See our foreign LLC registration page for more information.
- Should you need certified copies of your Articles of Organization, you can find out how to get them on our Florida certified copy page.
- To find out how to obtain an apostille for your LLC, see our Florida apostille page.
- If you need to change your Florida registered agent, we’ll show you how.
- Reinstating a Florida LLC is a straightforward process. If the Department of State has administratively dissolved your LLC, you must file a Reinstatement for a Cancelled or Dissolved Entity with the Department of State. However, if you need to dissolve your Florida LLC, then we can help you do that.
- And finally, when it’s time to sell, we also have free forms you can use to sell your LLC membership interest.