How to Start an LLC in Florida
You can form your Florida LLC yourself, or you can hire a professional incorporation service like Sunshine Corporate Filings LLC® to do it for you. Either way, the Florida LLC formation process involves filing Articles of Organization with the Florida Division of Corporations and paying a $125 state filing fee.
Naturally, we think you should hire us. We’re cheap and efficient, and we can help you shield as much of your personal information from the public record as the state allows. But if you still want to form your Florida LLC yourself after discovering more about the services offered by Sunshine Corporate Filings LLC®, we can help you there too. This page isn’t just a sales pitch—it’s a helping hand—and we’re happy to share our expertise here free of charge.
Here are the main steps to starting an LLC in Florida:
1. Name Your Florida LLC
You should select a name for your business before you file your formation documents with the Florida Division of Corporations. You cannot register your name if it is already in use by another company, and if you submit your filing with a name that does not adhere to Florida’s naming rules for LLCs, your filing will be rejected. You can do a business name search with the Florida Division of Corporations (at sunbiz.org) to make sure your company’s name is available.
2. Choose a Florida Registered Agent
Every LLC operating in Florida must appoint a Florida registered agent. If you live in Florida, you can be your own registered agent, or you can hire a Florida registered agent service like Sunshine Corporate Filings LLC®. We charge only $35 a year for our Florida registered agent service.
3. Submit Your Florida Articles of Organization
File your Florida LLC’s Articles of Organization with the state and pay the $125 state filing fee. Your Florida LLC’s articles can be filed online at sunbiz.org, or you can print the state form from the Florida Division of Corporation’s website and mail it in.
Your Florida LLC Articles of Organization will include the following information:
- The name of your Florida LLC, which must contain either “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.,” or “LLC.”
- The mailing and street address of your Florida LLC’s principal office.
- The name and Florida street address of your LLC’s Florida registered agent (your Florida registered agent will also need to sign your Florida Articles of Organization).
- The names and addresses of each person authorized to manage or control your Florida LLC (including member-managers and non-member managers).
- Your Florida LLC’s effective date (if different from the filing date). The effective date can be up to 5 business days prior to or 90 days after the filing date.
- The $125 filing fee for the Articles of Organization and Designation of Registered Agent.
4. Create a Florida LLC Operating Agreement
You don’t necessarily need to have an operating agreement in place for your Florida LLC, but it’s a good idea to have one. Your Florida LLC operating agreement is the guidebook for how you’ll run your company, as it lays out important company details, such as the names and addresses of your initial members and their initial Florida LLC capital contributions, and the internal rules necessary to run your company as efficiently as possible.
Sunshine Corporate Filings LLC® includes a free customized Florida LLC operating agreement with all LLC orders.
5. Get an EIN from the IRS
“EIN” means “employer identification number,” and your LLC is going to need one if you intend to hire employees or take advantage of the tax elections, such as the S corporation, available to Florida LLCs. You’ll also need an EIN to open a bank account for your Florida LLC. You can easily get an EIN through the IRS website, or you can hire Sunshine Corporate Filings LLC® to get one for you.