Florida Registered Agent
Do Business the Right Way
A Florida registered agent can be either a business entity or an individual that agrees to accept service of process and official mail for corporations, LLCs and other entities registered in Florida. In accordance with state law, a Florida registered agent must have a physical street location in the state, called a registered office, where certified mail can be reliably delivered during regular business hours. When documents are accepted, it is the duty of a Florida registered agent to contact the client and forward the document to them in a timely manner. This ensures that state courts, as well as the FL Division of Corporations, can dependably contact a business entity.
With our registered agent service, get Privacy by Default®, free mail forwarding, free Phone Service for 60 days, and local Corporate Guides®—only at Northwest.
Everything You Need To Know About Florida Registered Agents:
What Do Florida Registered Agents Do?
Per Florida Statute Section 607.0501, Florida registered agents need to have physical addresses in Florida, be open during business hours, accept documents on your behalf and get them to you.
However, the right registered agent service can also do much more. At Northwest, we go above and beyond the minimum to ensure top speed, security, privacy and support.
How To Be Your Own Florida Registered Agent
Becoming your own registered agent for your Florida business is simple. Being a registered agent means you can be the person designated to accept official notices and service of process for your business. There are only a couple of requirements that you must meet to be your own registered agent. The registered agent may be an individual or a Florida business. However, your business may not be its own registered agent. The address you provide must be a street address, not a post office box.
How Do I Become My Own Registered Agent In Florida?
It is easy to designate yourself as a Florida registered agent when you form your Florida corporation or LLC. Just list your own name and address on the Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization that you file with the Florida Corporations Division. You will also need to sign as the registered agent.
You can download the Articles of Incorporation or Organization on the Florida Corporations Division website. If you’ve decided not to hire a Florida registered agent service, fill in your own name and address as the registered agent. Make sure you also sign the form in the space designated for the Registered Agent. Once your articles are filed by the state, you are the registered agent and you are responsible for accepting service of process for your business. Although being your own registered agent will cost you $0 upfront, it’s important to remember that as the registered agent for your business, your name and address are public information. Anyone who searches your business on the state’s website will see your name and address listed. If you value privacy and hate junk mail and solicitors, you won’t want to serve as your own registered agent in Florida…
What If I Already Have A Florida Registered Agent?
If you have an existing Florida business and would like to change your Florida registered agent to yourself, all you have to do is file a statement of change form with the Corporations Division. You can download a Statement of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent online at SunBiz.org. There is a separate form for a Florida LLC or a Florida corporation. You will need to fill in the old registered agent information and list yourself as the new registered agent. Make sure to fill in your name and street address. Sign the form as the new registered agent accepting the appointment. Mail the completed form and cover letter to the Corporations Division. There is a $25 filing fee for LLCs and a $35 fee for corporations.
Once you are the registered agent, you need to maintain business hours and be available to accept service of process on behalf of your business. Your address becomes public information and is listed as the contact for the Department of State.
How Do I Change My Florida Registered Agent?
Changing your registered agent is a straightforward process. You file a Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent or Both form ($25 for LLCs; $35 for corporations) with the Department of State and we get listed as your Florida registered agent. When you place an order with us, the change form is available immediately. It’s super easy, but for more specific info you can read our change Florida registered agent page.
What Makes Northwest Different From Other Services?
Northwest is the choice of professionals for registered agent service. But why? At Northwest, we do business the right way. We’re dedicated to getting you your docs fast, protecting your privacy and offering you support. Here’s how:
- Same-Day Scans, Instant Notifications: We accept and scan your docs at our local office the same day. We notify you instantly and reach out to you if your essential mail goes unread.
- Privacy by Default®: For every client and every service, we minimize the exposure of and access to your personal data. We never sell your data. We list our own business address on public docs to better keep your personal info safe. Our commitment to privacy puts our clients first.
- Free Limited Mail Forwarding: As your registered agent, we automatically accept and scan your state and legal mail. Sometimes, however, we receive personal or business mail from clients or companies trying to connect with your business. We’ll accept and scan these for you as well—up to 10 documents a year FREE. We’ll also scan additional mail at a per doc rate of $15.
- Unlimited Mail Forwarding: Expecting much more business mail? For $40 a month, we also offer unlimited Florida mail forwarding. Our unlimited option includes a Florida business address with a unique suite number—great for listing on your website, establishing a business presence, or giving a home or online business a more professional appearance.
- Northwest Phone Service: We know your business needs don’t stop at formation. That’s why we now offer Northwest Phone Service, a feature-packed virtual phone line that allows you to call and text your customers from any device. Our in-house Phone Service is just $9 monthly, with the first 60 days included FREE of charge when you hire us as your registered agent.
- Free Credit Card Processing Consultation: Considering accepting credit and debit card payments? We can help you sort that out. When you hire us, you have the option to sign up for a complimentary in-house call with our card industry specialists who work with processors to negotiate low rates and better contracts on your behalf. Check out our Payment Processing Service page to learn more.
- Corporate Guides®: Have questions? We have answers. Our guides are business experts whose sole job is to provide phone and email support for all your toughest business questions.
Florida Registered Agent FAQs
Why Do I Need A Florida Registered Agent?
- State law requires all legitimate, registered businesses to appoint one.
- The secretary of state will reject your business filing if you don’t appoint a registered agent.
- A registered agent requirement gives the public and the state a reliable way to contact your business.
Can I Be My Own Registered Agent In Florida?
Yes, you can be your own registered agent in Florida. However, after considering the registered agent requirements most business owners elect to hire a registered agent service instead. Why? Well although being your own registered agent will cost you $0, a Florida registered agent’s name and address becomes part of the public record. Additionally, the registered agent is required to be available to accept service of process during normal business hours 5 days a week.
Where Is Northwest’s Registered Office In Florida?
We provide a commercial registered office location in Tampa, FL. Our office is right on the water, just past the lobby on the first floor.
Can I Use Your Florida Registered Office Address For Everything On My Business Filing?
Absolutely! We’re the only national registered agent that allows our clients to list our addresses for everything when you’re doing a filing to keep your private addresses off of public records.
Can I Have My Business’s Mail Delivered To Your Florida Office?
Yes! Just sign up for our unlimited Florida Mail Forwarding option ($40/month). You’ll get a unique suite number and a Florida business address you can use for mail, advertising and more.
Don’t need a unique suite number? Our Florida registered agent service comes with free limited mail forwarding. We’ll list our business address (no unique suite number) on your public docs to better protect your privacy. And, we’ll scan the occasional business mail we receive—up to 10 documents a year, for FREE. You can request any additional documents to be forwarded at a per document rate of $15.
Do I Hire A Registered Agent Before Or After I Start My Business In Florida?
You should hire us first and then do your business registration filing, because you can’t form an LLC or corporation without a Florida registered agent service. Also, we provide all the forms and instructions you need to complete your filing instantly after you place an order.
How Are Florida Registered Agents Served?
- A process server, the sheriff, or any third party will walk into our office and hand us legal papers (service of process).
- The process server then gives an affidavit to the court that they “served” us.
Serving a registered agent is legal proof that you were notified. Regardless of whether you look at the docs or even receive them from your registered agent service. You were notified. We take this responsibility very seriously.
How Do I Search For A Registered Agent In Florida?
If you want to formally notify a business through their Florida registered agent service, just send a certified letter directly to the registered agent name and registered office address. Here is how you can look up that information:
- Use our tool to do a Florida business name search via the FL Department of State.
- Type in the name of the company whose registered agent you are trying to look up.
- Look for the FL registered agent name and registered office street address.
How To Order Florida Registered Agent Service:
You sign up online, clicking on one of the buttons or links that says “HIRE US.”
We collect the first year’s fee for registered agent service up front.
For new businesses, once your business registration filing with the Florida Division of Corporations is complete, we’ll become your Florida registered agent.
About a year later, we’ll send an invoice for another year of Florida registered agent service. If you want to keep using us, great; if you don’t, you can easily cancel.
It’s easy to add registered agent services in other states if your business expands. We have offices in every state. We don’t farm out work (or your info) to other companies—wherever you are, WE are your registered agent.
We make your account a real go-to resource for you, not just for Florida registered agent service or paying a bill but for keeping up with corporate paperwork formalities like the Florida annual report.