Starting a Florida LLC is Easy
You can set up a Florida LLC online yourself by filing the Florida Articles of Organization with the Division of Corporations. The cost to create an LLC in Florida is $125.
Follow our How to Start an LLC in Florida guide below to get started.
Step 1: Create a Name For Your Florida LLC
Before you register your LLC, you'll need to come up with a name. Your business name needs to be catchy for branding purposes and legitimate for legal purposes.
We go into depth on this topic in our LLC naming guide. We’ll go over the basics below.
Naming Your LLC
First, brainstorm some possibilities. Use our LLC name generator if you get stuck.
Next, make sure your name meets Florida guidelines:
- it must contain the words limited liability company, limited company, or LLC or L.L.C.
- it must not contain words like bank, attorney, and university, etc. without approval
- it must be distinguishable from any other entity or DBA registered in Florida
- full list of Florida naming guidelines
Next, do a SunBiz LLC name search with the Division of Corporations to find out if your name is available in Florida.
If your business name is available and meets guidelines, you’ll be able to register it when you file your Florida Articles of Organization with the Division of Corporations.
Is the URL available? Before you commit 100% to a name, check to see if there’s a good web domain available.
We recommend buying your domain right away because even if launching a business website isn’t on your radar right now, it will be soon.
Step 2: Choose a Florida Registered Agent
When you file your Articles of Organization, you'll need to list a registered agent.
A registered agent's job is to accept legal documents like service of process and tax notices for your LLC.
Your registered agent can be a person or a registered agent service. You can act as your own registered agent, but many business owners choose to use a registered agent service.
Here are a few things to think about before you decide to act as your own registered agent:
- You’ll need to be available during normal (9 am - 5 pm) business hours at the address you provide
- If you run your business from home, you’ll have to make your personal address public
- You could be served with a lawsuit in front of your family or coworkers
Step 3: File the Florida LLC Articles Of Organization
It’s time to officially form your Florida LLC by filing your Articles of Organization with the Division of Corporations.
Recommended: Now is a good time to decide if your LLC will be member-managed vs manager-managed.
You will be asked to provide the:
- full company name
- business's effective date (up to 5 business days prior to the date of submission or 90 days after receipt)
- mailing/street addresses of your LLC’s principal office
- name, street address, and signature of your registered agent
- name and signature of every authorized member and manager
- name and email address for confirmation and additional communication
For detailed instructions, visit our Florida Articles of Organization guide.
Mail Your Articles of Organization:
Send the form and payment ($125 payable to the Florida Department of State) to:
New Filing Section
Division of Corporations
P.O. Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314
How long does it take to get an LLC approved? The LLC processing time is 2 to 4 weeks.
Step 4: Create a Florida LLC Operating Agreement
Creating a Florida LLC operating agreement is the only way to legally lock down your LLC’s management and ownership structure. Having this document in place will give you something to return to if a dispute or lawsuit arises.
Even single-member LLCs benefit from having an operating agreement.
Your operating agreement should outline the following:
- Each member’s responsibilities
- How new members will be admitted
- How existing members may transfer or terminate their membership
- How profits and dividends will be distributed
You can add as many provisions as you want, as long as they don't conflict with Florida business law. Take a look at our What is an Operating Agreement guide to learn more.
Download a template or create a custom Free Operating Agreement using our tool.
Step 5: Get an EIN
An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is like a Social Security number (SSN) for your company. The IRS and the state of Florida will use this number to track your business activity.
Your EIN will come in handy when it’s time to:
- Open a business bank account
- File Federal and State taxes
- Hire employees
The best way to get an EIN for your LLC in Florida is by using the free online application on the IRS website.
Read our Get an EIN guide for instructions.
Steps After Forming an LLC
After forming your LLC, it's important to:
- Open a Business Bank Account. A business bank account legally separates personal finances from business finances. This separation is required to maintain your LLC's corporate veil (your limited liability protection).
- Research Florida Business Licenses and Permits. For help, visit our How to Get a Business License in Florida guide. There are also business license services that will help with this.
- File Your Florida LLC Annual Report. File online with the Department of State SunBiz website by May 1st each year.