Why Form a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in Florida?

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Your Florida LLC and Registered Agents

Every Florida LLC must have a “Registered Agent.” A registered agent is a person or business you choose who can accept legal notices for your Limited Liability Company (LLC) on your behalf. A person you choose to be your registered agent must live in Florida, a business you choose as your registered agent must be able to conduct business in Florida.

Our registered agent service includes a dashboard where you can review documents received, automatic notification of correspondence and free forwarding of all documentation.

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

A Florida registered agent may receive, on behalf of your LLC:

  • Correspondence from the Florida Secretary of State
  • Service of process notices (e.g. if your LLC 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.

A registered agent might also be known as a “Corporate Agent,” "Resident Agent," “Agent for Service of Process” or "Statutory Agent."

Acting As Your Own Florida LLC Registered Agent

If you permanently reside in the state of Florida, you can choose to be your own registered agent, however you may decide not to be, for several reasons:

  • It’s important to have someone available to receive important documents for your business. If you’re not always around, consider using a third-party service like Incfile.
  • The registered agent’s name and address is part of the public record and available through the Florida Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address isn’t published, you might choose a registered agent service.
  • If you change your business address, you don’t need to file additional documentation with the Florida Secretary of State for the new address of your registered agent.

Issues for Not Having a Registered Agent for Your Florida LLC

There can be significant issues if you fail to provide a registered agent, these include:

  • If your business is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgement in your absence.
  • Florida LLCs need to file certain documents with the secretary of state. If you don’t meet your deadlines you could face fines and penalties.
  • A registered agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your LLC may be dissolved.

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

Here at Incfile, we have an expert registered agent service. We provide the first year of this service completely for free if you choose to form your LLC with us. After the first year, it’s only $119 for subsequent years — 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 correspondence, documentation, and information directly to you

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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
$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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