Florida Business Address FAQs
What is the difference between a Florida registered agent address and a Florida business address?
A registered agent address is the street address of your Florida registered agent (that’s us when you hire Sunshine Corporate Filings). This is the address where the Florida Division of Corporations sends official state mail, like annual report notifications, and it’s where your registered agent receives service of process and other legal notices for your business.
A business address is the street address of your principal place of business. For most businesses, the registered agent address and the business address aren’t the same, but they can be the same if you decide to use our Florida business address in place of your own.
What is a virtual business address in Florida?
The term “virtual business address” can mean a lot of things, and people don’t always use the word in the same way. It could refer to a digital mailbox (which is really just a digital mail forwarding option), or it could refer to a real Florida business address like the addresses we offer our clients.
We use the term “business address” instead of “virtual business address” because it makes more sense. When you use our Florida business address, there’s nothing “virtual” going on. It’s just the street address of our physical location in Florida.
Can I use a PO Box as my business address?
Technically, yes. The problem is that listing a PO box will affect your business image because clients may perceive a lack of stability and might not trust a business that does not list a physical address.
That’s why when you hire us, we include use of our the business address of our building’s physical location as part of our registered agent services. If you want to receive your business’s mail at a different address, including a PO box, Florida includes an optional “mailing address” category for that purpose. But listing a commercial business address as your principal address and on your business documents establishes a more professional ethos for your business.
Should I use my home address for my business?
We don’t recommend it. If you don’t have a fixed location, operate out of your home, or operate your business online, you might be tempted to use your home address on your formation documents and annual reports. But do you really want your home address showing up freely online—attached to your business and your name—where anyone can see it?
We suspect the answer is no, and that’s just one more reason why our clients can use our Florida business address instead. When you use our Florida business address, someone searching for your business at sunbiz.org will simply see our address, not yours.
How do I change my business address in Florida?
To change your business address in Florida, you’ll need to update your information with the various people, institutions, and agencies that rely on your business address to track your company.
You can change your business address with the Florida Division of Corporations at the Sunbiz website, but if you’re also changing your registered agent information, you’ll need to submit Articles of Amendment by mail and by a $25.00 filing fee. You can find the appropriate form at Sunbiz under Forms and Fees.
The Florida Department of Revenue also provides an online option for changing your business address, and you can find information about the IRS’s change of address form here.
But changing your business address also means updating licensing boards, your bank, your vendors, and your frequent customers. You’ll probably need to get new business cards, make changes to your website and online listings, and otherwise make sure the people who need to know about the change find out.
It’s a pain, naturally (like changing your home address but worse), which is why using our Florida business address is so convenient. If you hire Sunshine Corporate Filings LLC®, you can maintain a single, stable business address no matter how often your business changes course.