Why Your Florida Corporation Needs a Registered Agent Service
Every corporation in Florida needs to formally appoint a person or business to act as a Registered Agent. Your Florida Registered Agent provides various services to FL S Corporations and C Corporations, including the acceptance of formal documents and correspondence from the Florida Division of Corporations.
- If you choose a person as a Registered Agent, he or she must reside in Florida
- If you choose a business as a Registered Agent, they must be able to conduct business in Florida
- Your Registered Agent must have a physical street address (not a P.O. Box)
- They must be available in person to sign for any delivered correspondence during normal business hours
Incorporate your S Corporation or C Corporation through us to get your first year of Registered Agent services for free.
Services Provided by a Florida Registered Agent to Your Corporation
Your Florida Registered Agent carries out several valuable services for your corporation. They accept official communications and documents from the FL Division of Corporations on your behalf. This may include:
- Correspondence from the Florida Division of Corporations, like a notice to file reports and other forms
- Service of process documents (for example, if your Florida corporation has legal proceedings issued against it)
- Official Florida and federal government documents, form filings and requests for information (including taxes, permits and company filings)
Why Assigning Yourself as the Florida Registered Agent for Your Corporation Might Be a Bad Idea
If you live in Florida, you might choose to be the Registered Agent for your corporation. Be aware that there may be some drawbacks to this:
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Florida. Some people establish corporations outside of Florida and will need to use a Registered Agent service to provide the address.
- A person must always be available to sign for legal correspondence during business hours. If you can’t always be around, consider using a third-party Registered Agent service like Incfile.
- The Registered Agent’s name and FL address are part of the public record and available through the Florida Division of Corporations website. If you would prefer your name and address aren’t published, you might choose a Registered Agent service.
- If you change your Florida business address or move out of state, you won’t need to file additional documentation with the FL Division of Corporations for the new address of your Registered Agent if using a service. You will need to set up a new Registered Agent service in the new state.
There are more considerations, but this should help you with your decision to use a Registered Agent service.
The Problems Caused When You Don’t Appoint a Florida Registered Agent Service
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Florida Secretary of State? There are several possible ramifications, including:
- Getting served or sued and not finding out about it: If your Florida corporation is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgment in your absence.
- Falling out of good standing with the Florida Secretary of State: If you don’t respond to certain correspondence (like the request for your Annual Report), certain states may revoke your right to do business.
- Losing your status as a Florida corporation: A FL Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Florida corporation may be dissolved.
A Complete Florida Corporation Registered Agent Service from Incfile
If you have an S Corporation or C Corporation that’s incorporated in Florida and you need a FL Registered Agent, we can help. Incfile provides a complete Registered Agent service for any Florida corporation. If you form your business through Incfile, we’ll act as your Registered Agent free for your first year (normally a $119 annual cost).
We are authorized to conduct business in Florida and can legally act as your Registered Agent for your FL corporation.
Here’s what you need to know about Incfile’s FL Registered Agent service for corporations:
- The Registered Agent will always be available to accept documents and letters on your behalf
- We automatically notify you whenever we receive correspondence for your business from the Florida Secretary of State or anyone else
- We scan your correspondence and upload it to a dashboard, so you can review it when convenient
- We forward all correspondence to an address you choose
Form your C Corporation or S Corporation with us today to get your first year of Registered Agent service for free, including easy access to our comprehensive online dashboard.
Useful Resources for Florida Registered Agent Services
You might find these resources helpful:The Main Functions of a Florida Registered AgentChanging Your Florida Registered AgentWhat a Florida Registered Agent Does