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Florida Application for Registration of Foreign Florida LLC

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FOREIGN FLORIDA LLC CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY

What you need to register a foreign LLC in Florida:

  • Filing fee: $125
  • Application by Foreign Limited Liability Company for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida
  • A registered agent in Florida
  • Certificate of Good Standing from your home state

How do I register a Foreign LLC in Florida?

Since your LLC has already been formed, this is a simple process.

    • Perform a business name search
      Make sure your business name is available. If your LLC’s name isn’t available in Florida, there is space on the form to provide an alternative name under which your LLC will conduct business in Florida.
    • Appoint a Florida registered agent
      Unless you physically reside in Florida, neither you nor your business can be your registered agent in Florida. You can appoint a friend, relative, or employee to be your registered agent, but once you expand beyond your home state’s borders, this is the point at which many businesses hire a registered agent service.
    • Complete the Application by Foreign Limited Liability Company for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida
      This form can be completed on paper or online on the Florida Division of Corporations’ website. It is not complex and should be a breeze once you’ve appointed your registered agent and reserved your name.

      • Name: Write down both the name your limited liability company is registered as in your home state and, if required, the fictitious name to be used in Florida
      • The name of your home state
      • Principal address and mailing address
      • Names and addresses of members and managers
      • Certificate of existence
      • Name, printed and signed, of authorized person completing the form.
    • Receive Florida Certificate of Authorization
      Once you’ve completed the filing, you’ll receive confirmation within one to two days if you filed online; one to two weeks if you filed by paper.
      Your LLC is now registered and ready to do business in Florida.

Be aware that foreign Florida LLCs are required to file their first annual report with the Division of Corporations by May 1 in the year following formation.

What does it cost to register a foreign LLC in Florida?

$125 for normal filing (includes designation of registered agent fee).

How long does it take for the state to process the Florida Application for Registration?

Online: 1 to 2 days
Normal Processing: 5 business days, plus additional time for mailing
In Person Processing: same day

How will I get verification of registration back from Florida?

A letter of acknowledgment will be issued free of charge upon registration.

What forms do I file with Florida to register my out of state LLC?

The completed Cover Letter, Application by Foreign Limited Liability Company for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida form, Certificate of Designation of Registered Agent/Registered Office form and the filing fee are required.

What do I need from my home state?

Certificate of Good Standing is required.

Does the certificate need to be an original copy?

Yes.

How current does the certificate need to be?

No more than 90 days old.

Will I need an Florida registered agent for my LLC?

Yes, when you hire Northwest as your registered agent service, it’s a flat rate yearly price of $125 a year. You’ll have an online account that tracks your report due dates, which states you are registered in, when your yearly service with us is up, and any documents we receive locally for you are uploaded into your account immediately for complete viewing. If or when you get served with a lawsuit, we can email up to 4 people and your attorney at the same time for real time complete viewing of a lawsuit. You’ll receive annual report reminders. It’s the same price every year, and there are no weird fees or cancellation fees.

You’ll also see all the pre-populated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page, in your online account, and they will be emailed to you immediately upon signing up for 1 year of registered agent service.

Does the Florida registered agent need to sign the filing?

Yes.

How can I file the Florida Application for Registration?

Online, by mail, or in person.

What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?

Florida Department of State
Registration Section
Division of Corporations
Clifton Building
2661 Executive Center Circle
PO Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314
Phone: (850)245-6052

Do the signatures on the Florida LLC application need to be original?

Yes.

Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

A member or an authorized representative of a member is required to sign the application form.

Are there any odd things about registering in Florida?

Florida is an “open books” state, meaning, basically everything is public information.

County filing or publication is not necessary, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.

Are there ongoing Florida annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?

All Florida annual reports are due May 1st. You will also want to register for the appropriate Florida Taxes just like any other Florida LLC.

How do I withdraw from doing business in Florida?

You can withdraw a business from Florida by filing the Articles of Withdrawal.

What are your fees?

You’ll need to have an Florida registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in Florida. It’s a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agents.

We charge a $100 one-time filing service fee if you would like us to obtain the certificates needed from your home state, and register your company in any state you choose. We have offices in every state and can act as your registered agent and make your filings for you in any state. If you would like to register with multiple states at once, we can usually drop our filing service fee down.

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