Creating a business entity isn’t nearly as difficult as those who charge to form them might have you think. Forming an Florida LLC is as simple as following a recipe. Take a look:

What you’ll need to form an Florida LLC:

  • Articles of Organization
  • $125 filing fee
  • An operating agreement (you should know how your LLC will be structured before you file)

Things to know before filing your Florida LLC:

  • How long will Florida take to form my LLC?
    Entity creation wait times vary depending on filing methods:
    Online filings: 1 to 2 days
    Paper filings: 1 to 2 weeks
  • How much does it cost to form an Florida LLC?
    $125 to form an LLC in Florida.
  • Ongoing fees?
    By May 1st of each year, LLCs in Florida must submit an annual report to the Division of Corporations. LLC annual reports cost $138.75 to file. Annual reports must be filed each year to maintain an “active” status with the Department of State. This is not a financial statement; the report is simply a way for the state to maintain current records on all business entities.

Directions to Forming an LLC in Florida

  1. Business name search
    Perform a free business name search. Florida LLC names must contain the words “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.” or “LLC”. You do not need to reserve the name, and in fact, name reservations may only complicate your filing and tack on unneeded fees. Simply make sure your business name is available and move onto Step 2.
  2. File the Articles of Organization
    With your LLC name reserved, you’re ready to complete the filing:*No matter whether you file with our free Articles of Organization or the form provided by the State, the first thing you’ll need to do is fill in your Florida LLC’s name, which should be easy enough since you’ve already checked to make sure it’s available.List the physical address of your business and include the mailing address if different.You will need to list the name and address of your Florida registered agent. You can appoint yourself or hire a third-party like us. To learn more about registered agents and what they provide, see our page: What is a Registered Agent?.The next section asks for the names and addresses of each person authorized to manage and control the company. This means you’ll need to list each manager (if manager-managed) and member.Section V asks for the effective date of you LLC, so if you don’t want your LLC activated until a later date, simply fill in the date on which you want your LLC activated. If you leave this section blank, your LLC will be active once the Division of Corporations processes your filing.The final section asks for any other provisions. Most filers leave this section blank.

    A member or authorized representative of a member must print and sign the articles.

    If you’ve completing the articles online, simply submit and pay for your filing. If you’ve completed a paper filing, fill out the cover sheet provided by the state and attach a check for the proper amount, then put the filing in the mail.

    If you mailed your filing, the Divisions of Corporations will send you a paper copy of your articles of organization.

    If you filed online, you can simply download a copy off the Division of Corporation’s website. Congratulations, you’ve just formed an LLC. But you’re not done yet.

  3. Get an EIN
    Once you’ve received your Articles of Organization from the Divisions of Corporations, your Florida LLC has technically been formed—but there are a couple things you need to do to make sure it remains active and compliant in its first year. First, you need to get an EIN. Employer Identification Numbers (EINs or FEINs) are like Social Security Numbers for businesses. Once your LLC has been formed with the State, you’ll need to contact the IRS and apply for your EIN. You can apply on the IRS website and receive your number instantly, or you can file form SS-4 to get an EIN for your LLC.
  4. File your annual report
    New Florida businesses aren’t required to file initial reports, but no matter how late in the year you form your LLC, if you form it prior to May 1, your first annual report will be due on May 1. The fee is $138.75. If you file on May 2, your report won’t be due until May 1 the following year. See our Florida annual report page for more information and go to our Florida taxes page to learn more about state tax rates.
  5. Run your business
    With your Florida LLC now up and running, you need to focus on running your business. To do so, you’ll likely need to do things like open a bank account in your LLC’s name, obtain city and county licenses, or receive zoning approval from your city. To learn how to do these things and more, visit our starting a Florida business page for more information.