To form an LLC, the formation process must be done at the state level. Therefore, every state has its own specific requirements on what paperwork and fees must be submitted in order to create the business entity. When you form an LLC in one state, and want to expand to another, you must complete a registration process with the department of state to make sure your business is legally authorized to transact business. This process is not the same as creating another LLC; it is unique to previously-formed LLCs that want to expand their business into new regions.
In state statutes, an out-of-state LLC is referred to as a “foreign LLC.” This does not necessarily imply that said LLC was formed in a different country. While that could be the case, it typically means that the LLC was formed in a state other than Florida.
LLCs that are formed in Florida are governed and created under a specific Florida statute known as the “Florida Revised Limited Liability Act.” LLCs that are formed in other states are governed and created under the laws specific to that state. Each state has a portion of their statutes that particularly addresses how an out-of-state (or “foreign”) LLC should do business in their state.