Your FL LLC must assign a Florida Registered Agent. This is a formally recognized person or business who can receive business correspondence and other documents from the Florida Department of State. Assigning a Registered Agent is a legal requirement.
Your LLC must have a Florida Registered Agent at all times. You should appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also change your existing FL Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent service.
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing a Florida Registered Agent service for your business. They are:
Note that the FL Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your Florida LLC business address.
Your Florida Registered Agent carries out several valuable services for your business. They accept official communications and documents from the FL Department of State on your behalf. This may include:
If you have an LLC 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 business. 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. Here’s what you need to know about Incfile’s FL Registered Agent service.
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Florida LLC and change Registered Agents at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Your business needs to have a Florida Registered Agent Service as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.
You will need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Articles of Organization. This is the form that you file with the FL Department of State to formally create your business.
When you incorporate through us, we complete and file your Articles of Organization based on the information you’ve provided. Additionally, we give you a free Florida Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your FL Registered Agent in the form that we file.
You can also change your FL Registered Agent service after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Florida Registered Agent, you can complete the form that’s available on the FL Department of State website called a “STATEMENT OF CHANGE OF REGISTERED OFFICE OR REGISTERED AGENT OR BOTH FOR LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY.” Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the department of state so they can update your records. The Florida DOS may charge a nominal fee to assign or change a Registered Agent.
When you choose to use our FL Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete the form “STATEMENT OF CHANGE OF REGISTERED OFFICE OR REGISTERED AGENT OR BOTH FOR LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY” on your behalf and send it to the Florida Department of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent. Note that the Florida DOS may charge a nominal fee to assign or change a Registered Agent.
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Florida LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Florida Department of State, as these will often provide details of a specific business’s Registered Agent.
If the FL Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Florida Department of State requesting the information.
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Florida Department of State? There are several possible ramifications, including:
If you have an address in Florida, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:
Yes. All FL LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Florida Department of State.
You can either do it when you incorporate your Florida business through paperwork filed with the FL Department of State or afterward by filing the correct form. If you form your business through Incfile, we will file all necessary forms on your behalf.
Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above. If you still want to be your own Registered Agent, you just need to fill in the correct forms and pay a fee to the Florida Department of State.
Yes. Additionally, if they are a business providing Registered Agent services, they must be legally able to conduct business in your state.
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