How to form a Florida LLC
In this guide, we will walk you through filing your Articles of Organization with the state.
Your Articles of Organization is the document that officially forms an LLC in Florida.
You can file your Articles of Organization with the Florida Department of State by mail or online (through Sunbiz).
Florida LLC Cost
The cost to form an LLC in Florida is $125. This is a one-time filing fee.
The filing fee is $125 whether you file by mail or online.
How much is an LLC in Florida explains all the fees you’ll pay, including the Articles of Organization filing fee.
Note: The Articles of Organization fee is commonly referred to as the “LLC filing fee”. They are the same thing.
Florida LLC Approval Time
By mail: If you submit your Articles of Organization by mail, your Florida LLC will be approved in 5-7 business days.
Online: If you submit your Articles of Organization online, your LLC will be approved in 1-2 business days.
Note: Filing times may take longer due to the current global situation and government delays. For the most up-to-date LLC processing times, check how long does it take to get an LLC in Florida.
Recommendation: We recommend submitting your Articles of Organization online because the approval time is faster. However, we provide instructions for both filing methods below:
Florida Articles of Organization (File Online)
- Go to the Sunbiz: Articles of Organization.
- Agree to the terms, and click “Start New Filing”.
Note: The Florida Department of State online filing system is called “Sunbiz”.
LLC Effective Date
Leave this section blank if you want your LLC to be effective upon filing. This means your LLC will go into existence on the date it is approved by Sunbiz.
If you want your LLC to go into existence at a later date, enter that specific date. This date can’t be more than 90 days later than the date you file. And you can’t back-date your filing at all.
Pro Tip: If you’re forming your LLC in October, November, or December, and you don’t need your business open during those months, forward date your filing to January 1st. This will save you money on the Florida LLC Annual Report. And, depending on how your LLC is taxed, can save you money on taxes.
Florida LLC Filing Fee
There is nothing to do in this section. The state is just telling you that the fee for filing your Florida LLC Articles of Organization is $125.
Certificate of Status (optional)
A Certificate of Status states that your LLC is in good standing. This document is not required to operate an LLC. Honestly, it’s just another way for the state to make more money. Most people don’t need one and don’t check this box.
Certified Copy (optional)
A Certified Copy is just a fancy copy of your Articles of Organization. This document is not required to operate an LLC. Honestly, it’s just a way for the state to make more money. Most people don’t need one and don’t check this box.
Tip: We know the pop-up on Sunbiz says you may need a Certified Copy to open an LLC bank account. However, this isn’t true. You can just use the “regular” stamped and approved Articles of Organization to open an LLC bank account.
Limited Liability Company Name
- Prior lesson: Make sure you read Florida LLC name and searched your name in the Florida Entity Name Search database.
Enter your LLC name with the spelling and capitalization you would like. Include the designator (ending) you’d like to use.
Florida allows you to use these designators:
- LLC (most common)
- Limited Liability Company
Principal Place of Business
Enter your Florida LLC’s Principal Address.
What is a Principal Place of Business? Your LLC Principal Place of Business is:
- where the primary business activities take place
- where the LLC Members or Managers are located
- or where your LLC records are kept.
Your Florida LLC’s Principal Address can be:
- located in Florida
- located in any state
- located in any country
- a home address
- an office address
- a virtual office address or mailbox rental
- the address of your Florida Registered Agent (if your Registered Agent allows it)
However, your Principal Office Address can’t be a PO Box.
Note: If you hire Northwest Registered Agent, you can use their address for your LLC’s Principal Office Address (and all other address fields). Check out our Northwest Registered Agent review for more information.
Check the box if your LLC’s Mailing Address is the same as its Principal Address
If not, enter your LLC’s mailing address.
The mailing address can be in any state, or any country. And Florida does allow you to use a PO Box for the LLC’s mailing address.
Name and Address of Registered Agent
- Prior lesson: We recommend reading Florida Registered Agent before you complete this section.
If you or someone you know is the Registered Agent:
- Name: Enter the person’s name.
- Business to serve as RA: Leave this blank.
- Address: Enter the person’s name. Remember, this address can’t be a PO Box.
- Signature: Type the person’s name here. Make sure you have their consent to do this before filling out this section.
If you hired Northwest Registered Agent:
- Name: Leave this blank.
- Business to serve as RA: Enter “Northwest Registered Agent LLC”.
- Address: Enter the address as listed in your Northwest online dashboard.
- Signature: Enter “Tom Glover”.
If you’ve hired a different Commercial Registered Agent: You should contact them to get their information for this section.
Other Provisions (optional).
This is optional and most people leave it blank.
Notice of Annual Report
There’s nothing to do in this section.
It’s just the state letting you know that your LLC has to file an Annual Report every year. The Annual Report costs $138.75.
Don’t worry, your first first Annual Report isn’t due until the year after your LLC is formed. To learn more, check out our Florida LLC Annual Report lesson.
Correspondence Name and Email Address
Enter your name, and your email address twice. The state will use this email address to send reminder notices and documents to your LLC.
- Related article: LLC Organizer vs LLC Member
The LLC Organizer is the person who signs and submits your filing to the state.
Most people filing their own LLC are also the Organizer. If this is the case, just enter your name in the signature box.
Name and Address of Person(s) Authorized to Manage the LLC
- Related article: Member-managed vs Manager-managed LLC
Note: You should list any Member or Manager who will be on the LLC bank account in these fields. If you have more Members than can be entered, only enter the Members that will be on the LLC bank account.
If your LLC is Member-managed:
Enter the information for each Member.
- Title: Enter “AMBR”
- Name: Enter their last name, then first name
- Entity Name: Leave this blank
- Address: Enter the mailing address for the Member
Note: If your LLC is owned by another company, leave the “Name” field blank and enter the company name in “Entity Name”.
If your LLC is Manager-managed:
Enter the information for each Manager.
- Title: Enter “MGR”
- Name: Enter their last name, then first name
- Entity Name: Leave this blank
- Address: Enter the mailing address for the Manager
Note: If your LLC is managed by another company, leave the “Name” field blank and enter the company name in “Entity Name”.
Click “Continue” to proceed.
Review your filing information
Review your filing for accuracy and check for any typos.
If all looks good, click “Continue”. If you need to make any changes, click the back button in your browser.
Click “Credit Card Payment”.
(Ignore the part about Sunbiz e-filing.)
Enter your billing information and submit your payment to Sunbiz.
Congratulations! Your Florida LLC has been submitted to the state.
Florida LLC Approval (online filing)
Your LLC will be approved in 1-2 business days.
Once approved, the state will email you an Acknowledgement Letter, and a link to download the stamped approved Articles of Organization.
Florida Articles of Organization (File by Mail)
Download the Florida LLC Articles of Organization.
Note: You can print the form, fill it out by hand (use blue or black pen), then sign. Or you can type in the form on your computer, then print and sign. Instructions for filling out the Articles of Organization are in pages 1 and 2 of the PDF.
Prepare Payment: Prepare a check or money order and make it payable to “Florida Department of State”.
Mail Documents: Send two copies of your completed Articles of Organization and filing fee to:
New Filing Section
Division of Corporations
PO Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314
Why send two copies? The state keeps one, and returns the other copy stamped and approved to you.
LLC Approval by mail:
After filing by mail, your LLC will be approved in 5-7 business days. The state will then mail you an Acknowledgment Letter. If you sent two copies of your Articles of Organization, you will receive a stamped and approved Articles of Organization as well.
Mail filing video instructions:
Next Step: LLC Operating Agreement
Once you file your Florida Articles of Organization, and it’s approved by the state, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Florida LLC Operating Agreement.
Florida Department of State Contact Info
If you have any questions, you can contact the Florida Department of State at 850-245-6052.
Their hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm Eastern Time.