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Florida LLC Form, Filing and Permit Requirements

If you want to form an LLC in Florida, there are certain forms, requirements and legalities you need to get in place. Below is a rundown of what you’ll need to do, together with details on each form required for your Florida LLC. Some of these forms you only need to submit once, while others must be filed on a regular basis. You will need to set reminders in your calendar to file forms regularly if you're filing yourself — if you file with a service such as Incfile, we can take care of form renewals for you.

Operating Agreement for Your Florida LLC

Although setting up a Florida LLC is very easy, managing one can be more complex. One way to make sure everyone is working to the same goals is by creating an operating agreement. Your operating agreement typically includes areas like:

  • Legal Standing: Declares the legal standing of your LLC, that it was formed in Florida and including dates, formation details and other important legal information.

  • LLC Ownership: States how ownership of the business is split between members. This influences how the business is run, voting rights and several other areas.
  • Ownership Percentages: Defines the amount each member has invested and the percentage of ownership of each Florida LLC member.
  • LLC Management Type: States whether your LLC will be managed by managers (people the owners appoint or its members (owners).
  • Management Relationships: Declares the relationship between the members and the managers of your Florida LLC including the roles, rights and responsibilities of each.
  • Voting Powers and Decision Authority: States how high-level decisions will be presented, discussed and acted on, including the voting rights of each LLC member.
  • LLC Rules: Defines the rules, procedures and policies to follow for adding, removing, amending and making other changes to members and managers. This includes moving ownership between members.
  • Profit and Loss Allocation: How profits or losses will be split and allocated between Florida LLC members.

You are not required by Florida state or federal law to have an operating agreement for your LLC, but we recommend one for several reasons. An operating agreement:

  • Strengthens your legal standing as an LLC and adds credibility for your organization
  • Clearly states how your business will operate, so there’s no confusion or ambiguity
  • Reduces misunderstandings and disagreements between LLC members, important for a harmonious business
  • Allows you to create your own rules for your LLC, rather than being subject to the default Florida state rules for an LLC
  • Reduces the need for every member of an LLC to approve and sign off on every decision

Your operating agreement only needs to be created once and will need to be updated if significant changes are needed. The good news is, Incfile provides an Operating Agreement with most packages and it can also be individually added to our basic Silver package. Our Operating Agreement provided will be a general template that covers the top 20 most common provisions for any new business. As your business evolves, you can make changes anytime as you see fit as this is an internal company document for LLC members and not filed with the state or IRS.

Florida Professional LLCs

In Florida certain professions can form “Professional LLCs.” These are companies providing defined, professional services, and they typically need to be specially licensed. In Florida, businesses engaged in the following activities are considered professional service organizations and must be properly licensed and regulated. These professions include:

  • Certified public accountants
  • Public accountants
  • Chiropractic physicians
  • Dentists
  • Osteopathic physicians
  • Physicians and surgeons
  • Doctors of medicine
  • Doctors of dentistry
  • Podiatric physicians
  • Chiropodists
  • Architects
  • Veterinarians
  • Attorneys at law
  • Life insurance agents

Further information is available from the Florida Secretary of State website.

Incfile provides a complete Business License Research Package that will tell you all of the licenses and permits necessary for your new professional LLC.

Business Licenses for Your Florida LLC

Depending on the type of Florida business you’re running, you will need to obtain various business licenses and permits.

A business permit or license from your city

Various cities in Florida have slightly different rules and fees for permits and licenses. Check with your local Florida city administration to see what their rules are. You will need a separate permit or license for each city your Florida LLC operates in.

Additional business permits and licenses

Depending on the type of business you are running, you may need to get additional permits and licenses from the city, county or state of Florida. You can get an idea of the types of permits and licenses you might need from the State of Florida website. The federal government may also require you to get certain licenses or permits, the SBA has a comprehensive list of Florida license permits.. The frequency of how often you need to file permits varies depending on the permit type.

If you’d rather have someone do the research for you, Incfile offers a Business License Research service for $99 additional fee to your online formation package of choice. With his add-on, a licensing specialist will determine all of the permits and licenses required for your specific industry and city-, state- or county-level jurisdictions.

Articles of Organization for Your Florida LLC

The Articles of Organization are the formal documents filed with the Florida Secretary of State to create your LLC. They are a “charter” and state certain information about your business. Once they are filed with the secretary of state, they legally create your business as an LLC in Florida. Here’s what’s typically included in the Articles of Organization:

  • Your business name and address
  • Details of your Florida registered agent
  • Names of any managers or members of the LLC at the time of filing

Here at Incfile we automatically create and file your Articles of Organization on your behalf when you form your business with us. There is a fee levied by the secretary of state of Florida to cover your filing.

You only need to file your articles once.

Fictitious Name Registration

If you are “doing business as (DBA)” under a different name to your LLC, you will need to file a “Fictitious Name Registration” with the Florida Secretary of State.

You only need to file your Fictitious Name Registration once.

Florida Tax Registration

You will need to file for various different types of tax registration including sales and use tax, re-employment tax and other types of tax. You can find full details on the Florida Department of Revenue website.

Annual Report for your Florida LLC

You must file an annual report with the Florida Secretary of State on an annual basis, by May 1 of each year. The cost to file an annual report is currently $138.75. If you do not file your annual report by May 1 each year you will be charged a late fee of $400 and your LLC may be dissolved.

As you can see, there are several forms and permits you need to conduct business, both initially and that you’re required to submit on an annual basis.

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  • Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your Florida LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps, such as filing the articles of organization on your behalf. Our basic package also provides a free registered agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help to start an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.

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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
$125 16 Business Days 9 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


Due Date:May 1st

Filing Fee:$139

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