Florida LLC

How to Form an LLC in Florida

How to Form an LLC in FloridaA Florida Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a legal structure used to protect your personal assets (home, car, bank account) in the event your business is sued.

An LLC can be used to operate a business, or an LLC can be used to hold assets (such as real estate, vehicles, boats, or aircraft).

Forming an LLC in Florida is simple. Search your Florida LLC name in the state database, file your LLC Articles of Organization and pay the state filing fee ($125).

After your Florida LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement, obtain a Federal Tax ID Number, and file your Annual Report (see Lesson 2 video at 3m 53s).

We’ve created a free video course that will walk you through forming your own Florida LLC, step-by-step.

On desktop, the video lessons are listed on your right. On mobile, the video lessons are listed at the bottom of the page.

Need to save time? Have a professional LLC service file for you:
IncFile ($49 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)
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6 Comments

  1. Andrea July 29, 2017

    Can I put multiple names under my llc?

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    • Matt Horwitz July 30, 2017

      Hi Andrea, do you mean multiple people’s names or multiple company names? Can you please be more detailed as to what you are looking to achieve?

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      • Andrea July 31, 2017

        I think I mean tradenames and is there a cost for that or would be less to purchase separate LLCs under one LLC

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        • Matt Horwitz July 31, 2017

          Hi Andrea, I believe you mean Fictitious Names (as they are called in Florida). After your LLC is formed and you’ve obtained an EIN, you can file your Fictitious Names with the Department of State here. The cost is $50 each and they must be renewed every 5 years. Having multiple Fictitious Names owned by your LLC are all just one and the same legal entity; the LLC. If you have multiple LLCs, each would be separate and isolated from one another in regards to liability. So regarding how to “chop it up”… it depends on what is more important: price or liability protection. Florida LLCs are $125 to form and $139 per year for their Annual Report. Fictitious Names are $50 to form and are renewed every 5 years for the same price.

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  2. Deb Goyer August 6, 2017

    I want to find a less expensive registered agent for my LLC. I am the sole proprietor. No one is in the company except me. I know I could be my own agent. However, I am not home every day during business hours. So once I’ve found a new registered agent what form(s) do I need to file with State of Florida and what fees and do you know what website to use? And finally, do I have to notify my current registered agent afterward to tell them I’ve changed my agent or do I simply not pay their bill?

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    • Matt Horwitz August 7, 2017

      Hi Deb, I’m not sure of the terms of your agreement with your current Registered Agent, so I would check with them on the process of cancelling. In terms of a new Registered Agent, the two companies we recommend are IncFile ($99 per year) and Northwest Registered Agent ($125 per year). IncFile is a little cheaper than Northwest Registered Agent, but their customer support is not as good. In order to update your Registered Agent with the Florida Department of State, you can just do so when you file your FL LLC Annual Report next year (at no additional charge). If you want to file before then, you can mail the change of Registered Agent form and pay the $25 fee. You can find the form here. Hope that helps.

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