Florida Business Licenses, Costs and Filing Requirements for Your LLC
Depending on the specifics of your Florida business, you’ll be required to pay certain fees and fulfill different filing requirements. Some of these costs are payable to the Florida Department of State, while others are due to the federal or Florida government. We’ve summarized the most common requirements and fees here.
Note that Florida business licenses and permits might need to be paid when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.
Initial Filing and Costs for Forming an LLC in Florida
To create your business in Florida, you’ll file an LLC with the FL Department of State and pay an associated LLC formation fee. Every state has different LLC filing fees and filing times. Here is the current information for Florida:
||State Filing Time
||Expedited Filing Time
||28 Business Days
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When you incorporate through Incfile, we charge this fee to you and pay the Florida Department of State on your behalf when we file your paperwork.
Some states allow you to form your LLC more quickly by paying a rush fee. You can compare state filing times and fees here, including expedited fees for Florida.
Incorporate your Florida LLC through Incfile today
Getting an Employer Identification Number for Your FL LLC
Every Florida LLC should have a unique employer identification number (EIN). These are provided by the Internal Revenue Service and you use them when filing taxes, opening a business bank account and paying employees. You can get one yourself at no cost from the IRS or have Incfile obtain one on your behalf.
Get an EIN for Your Florida LLC through Incfile
Foreign Qualification to Operate in a State Outside Florida
If you’re expanding your Florida LLC beyond the borders of the state, you will need a Foreign Qualification or Certificate of Authority to operate in another state. These are typically necessary if you have a physical presence, employees or banking in a different state than Florida. Fees and requirements for foreign qualifications depend on each state’s rules. Incfile provides a complete Foreign Qualification service for any state.
Get a Foreign Qualification/Certificate of Authority through Incfile
Florida LLC Annual Reporting and Ongoing Costs
Most states need to file an annual (or other periodic) report with their department of state. When you file your FL LLC annual report, you may need to pay a fee. Here are the annual filing requirements for Florida:
Due Date:May 1st
Incfile can also complete and file your Florida annual report on your behalf.
Incfile’s Florida Annual Report filing service
Florida Business Licenses and Permits
Your Florida LLC may need certain licenses and permits to comply with specific requirements. These business permits and licenses might be issued by Florida, regional or federal organizations. Some of the associated fees only need to be paid once, while others have ongoing charges.
Permits and licenses vary based on:
The industry your Florida LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
The location of your Florida LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Jacksonville)
The type of business that you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIPAA requirements)
You can research these permits and licenses yourself or use Incfile’s Business License Research Package, which includes:
A complete report on all the licenses, permits and tax registrations your Florida LLC will need
The application forms you will need to file with the Florida, regional and federal licensing authorities
Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, Florida and local governments.
Incfile’s Florida Business License Research Package
Create an Operating Agreement for Your Florida LLC
An Operating Agreement is a business document that covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas.
An Operating Agreement is extremely useful for several reasons. If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile can draft a general Operating Agreement template when you choose to form your Florida business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.
Learn about Operating Agreements
Ad Hoc Florida Costs or Requirements for Your FL LLC
There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your Florida LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.
To Obtain a Fictitious/DBA Name for Your Florida LLC
If you want your FL business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Florida Department of State. You will need to pay a Florida filing fee. Incfile can file this form on your behalf.
Incfile’s Florida Fictitious Name service
To Change the Florida Registered Agent for Your FL LLC
Your Florida LLC needs a Registered Agent, which must be appointed when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new FL Registered Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Florida Registered Agent service.
Incfile’s Florida Registered Agent service
To Amend Certain Facts About Your Florida LLC
Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Florida business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts might change — if they do, you need to file “Articles of Amendment” with the Florida Department of State. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.
Areas you might want to file Florida Articles of Amendment for include:
Adding, removing or changing a Florida LLC member or manager
Changing the business address of your LLC
Altering the stated business activities of your Florida LLC
Incfile’s Florida Articles of Amendment service
To Get a Certificate of Good Standing for Your Florida LLC
Some organizations will request that you prove your Florida LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you have met your commitments, you will need a “Certificate of Good Standing” from the Florida Department of State. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.
Incfile’s Florida Certificate of Good Standing Service
The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard FL LLC will be required to pay. In some unusual circumstances, there may be other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees not listed above.
Of course, your Florida LLC will also probably need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and sales taxes, but we will cover that when we talk about taxes for FL LLCs.
FAQs About Florida LLC Costs
What Happens to the State Fees That I Am Charged When Forming My Florida LLC?
We charge you for this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the Department of State on your behalf when forming your Florida business.
Do I Need to Pay an Annual Report Fee Every Year?
Usually, yes. Most states require you file a report for your LLC every year. Some states require filing biennially (every other year), though a handful don’t require annual reports. You can find out more on the compliance page for your state.
Who Will I Need to Get Business Licenses and Permits From for My Florida LLC?
It depends on various factors including:
The type of business you run
Where you are located
Governing organizations in your industry
Federal, state and local regulations
That’s why our business license research package is so useful. It explores all of these areas for you and provides a comprehensive overview of exactly what your Florida LLC needs to be compliant.