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Why Form a Corporation in Florida.


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Registered Agents and Your Florida Corporation

Your Florida corporation needs to have a Registered Agent. They’re chosen by you and can accept legal notices and other correspondence for your Florida corporation on your behalf. There are some rules on choosing Registered Agents:

  • If you choose a person, he or she must reside in Florida
  • If you choose a business, it must be able to conduct business in Florida
  • They 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

Our Registered Agent service includes a dashboard where you can review documents received, get automatic notification of correspondence and get free forwarding of all official, legal correspondence.

Incorporate through us to get your first year of Registered Agent services for free.

Florida Registered Agents: What Type of Legal Notices Might They Receive?

A Florida Registered Agent may receive, on behalf of your corporation:

  • Correspondence from the Florida Secretary of State
  • Service of process notices (e.g., if your corporation is sued or required to appear in court)
  • Official Florida state and federal government correspondence and notifications
  • Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports

Note that the Florida Secretary of State does need the address of your Registered Agent, and it needs to be a street address, not a P.O. Box.

Acting as Your Own Registered Agent for Your Florida Corporation

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 the state where you are forming the company. Some people establish companies outside of the state they live in and will need to use a Registered Agent service to provide the address.
  • You always need to have someone on hand to receive important documents for your business during business hours (typically 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday). A person must always be available to sign for legal correspondence. If you can’t always be around, consider using a third-party Registered Agent service like Incfile.
  • The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Florida Secretary of State's 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 don’t need to file additional documentation with the Secretary of State for the new address of your Registered Agent. 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.

If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent for Your Florida Corporation

Failing to have a Registered Agent in Florida can cause your business issues. These include:

  • Getting served or sued and not finding out about it. If your business is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgment in your absence.
  • Florida corporations need to remain in good standing with the Secretary of State. If correspondence is undeliverable, certain states may revoke your right to do business.
  • A 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.

Incfile Will Provide a Registered Agent for Florida on Behalf of Your Corporation

Here at Incfile, we have a reliable Registered Agent Service. We provide the first year of this service completely free if you choose to form your corporation with us. After the first year, it’s only $99 per year — a small price for your peace of mind. Here’s what our service provides:

  • An always available Registered Agent service that can receive correspondence, documents and legal proceedings on your behalf
  • A digital dashboard where you can access, store and retrieve any information we’ve received for your business
  • Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business
  • Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you

Form your C Corporation or S Corporation with us today to get your first year of a Registered Agent service for free, including easy access to our comprehensive online dashboard.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Florida?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$70 7 Business Days 4 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency:Annually

Due Date:May 1st

Filing Fee:$139

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