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How To Fill Out The Florida LLC Articles of Organization

How To Fill Out The Florida LLC Articles of Organization

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How To Fill Out The Florida LLC Articles of Organization

If you’re starting a new business in the state of Florida and want to form a Limited Liability Company, it’s important to understand how to file the Florida LLC Articles of Organization properly.

The Articles of Organization are a legal document filed with the Florida Department of State – Division of Corporations, which officially launches your new LLC into existence. The Articles of Organization can be found by downloading or filing online through the Florida Department of State’s website.

I’ll walk through the online filing process of the Articles of Organization.

Related: Guide to starting a business in Florida
 

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Steps To Fill Out The Florida LLC Articles Of Organization

Step 1: Choose the LLC’s Effective Date

Florida LLC Effective Date

The effective date is the “birthday” of the new Limited Liability Company.

You can choose an effective date other than the date it is filed by the Florida Division of Corporation’s office. The effective date can be up to 5 business days prior to the date of submission or up to 90 days after the date of receipt.

If you just want to use the date the state files the paperwork, leave this section blank.

Many people use a delayed effective date to postpone the annual report fee. The LLC’s first annual report is due every January 1st, following the year of formation. If an LLC is created late in the calendar year and doesn’t expect to generate business until after January 1st, it wouldn’t have to pay the annual fee.

Step 2: Optional Fees

In the next screen, the state filing fee is shown along with two optional forms that you can choose.

Certificate of Status: This document proves the LLC is in good standing with the state. It is generally requested when opening a bank account, getting a loan, or registering with a vendor.

In most cases, a screenshot from the Department of State or the recently filed Articles of Organization (within the first year of the LLC’s existence) will be sufficient; however, sometimes, an official document from the state will be needed. This isn’t a document to get just in case you will need it later, as most requesters will require that it be within the last 90 days or less.

Certified Copy: A certified copy of the Articles of Organization can be requested. Some banks will request one when opening an account. Also, if you are registering to sell to the government, a certified copy is often required.

Step 3: Pick a Name for the LLC

Step 2 Florida LLC Name

The next step in starting a Florida LLC is to make sure the business name you want is available. The LLC’s legal name has to be different from the other registered business entity names in the state of Florida.  Before filing the Articles of Organization, be sure to do a Florida LLC name search.

Per state law, the name of the LLC must also include one of the following words or abbreviations at the end of the business name:
– Limited Liability Company
– L.L.C.
– LLC

Step 4: Enter the Principal Place of Business

Florida LLC Principal Place of Business

In this section, enter the street address, city, state, zip code, and country of the business’s initial principal office. This address can be the business’s address or the address where the business records are kept. You may not use a PO Box for the principal place of business.

Step 5: Enter the Mailing Address

Florida LLC Mailing Address

If you would prefer to use an address other than the address of the principal place of business, enter that address in the mailing address field. Otherwise, select “Mailing address same as principal address.” A PO Box is acceptable for the mailing address.

This is the address where correspondence from the Florida Department of State will be sent.

Step 6: Appoint a Registered Agent

Florida LLC Registered Agent

One requirement to have an LLC in Florida is to appoint a Florida registered agent. The registered agent is a party that is physically located in the state of Florida and will receive and accept important notices and service of process (which means to accept papers that start a lawsuit) on behalf of the LLC.

Provided the LLC member lives in Florida, they may be the registered agent, or the agent can be an adult resident of the state or a hired registered agent service.

Enter the name of the individual or registered agent service, along with their address, in the box. It’s important that the agent knows they are signing up to be the registered agent and accept the responsibility of being the agent.

Step 7: Include Any Other Provisions

Florida LLC Other Provisions

This step is optional, but if additional information regarding the formation of the LLC needs to be included with the Articles of Organization, include them here.

Step 8: Notice of Annual Report

Florida LLC Annual Report

This section is an announcement of the annual report, and there is nothing to fill in.

The LLC’s first annual report will be due between January 1st and May 1st of the calendar year following the year the LLC is formed and must be filed online. So, if your LLC is filed on January 30, 2024, then the first annual report will be due between January 1st and May 1st, 2025.

Step 9: Enter a Primary Email Address

Florida LLC Signature

The primary email address will be used by the Florida Department of State to send correspondence, with the most important being the annual report renewal reminder.

Next, the form requires a signature from a member or an authorized representative of the LLC.

Step 10: Add Names of LLC Managers or Representatives

Florida LLC Managers

This section asks for the name and address of each manager or representative who is authorized to manage or control the LLC.

There are three choices listed, but you are free to use any appropriate title.  The listed title definitions include:

(MGR) – The Manager is a person hired to perform the management functions of a manager-managed LLC.  This person may or may not be an LLC member
(AMBR) – The Authorized Member is an owner of the LLC
(AP) – An Authorized Person is someone authorized to execute and file records on behalf of the LLC.  The Authorized Person is typically an attorney or accountant.

Step 11: Review and File the Articles of Organization

Finally, you will review the information provided to ensure it is correct, pay the state fee, and file the Florida LLC Articles of Organization.

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Florida LLC FAQs

How much does a Florida LLC cost?

The state filing fee to form an LLC in Florida is $125.

How long does it take to form a Florida LLC?

It normally takes 1-2 business days for the state to process the online submission of the Articles of Organization and 7-10 days when filing by mail.
 
Expedited processing is also available for an additional fee.

Which business licenses are required for Florida?

The requirements for business licenses and registrations in Florida vary depending on what the business does and where it’s located.

Here is a list of common business licenses in Florida.

Does Florida require an LLC to have an operating agreement?

Under Florida law, statute § 605.0105, states that a Florida LLC Operating Agreement is optional.  Despite the Operating Agreement not being required, it is recommended to have one as it can help to prevent disputes among members and protect the LLC’s legal status.

Related: How to create a Florida operating agreement

Do you have to publish your LLC in Florida?

There are no publication requirements for LLCs in Florida.

Do Florida LLCs need an EIN?

Only Florida LLCs that either have more than one member, will hire employees, or elect to be taxed as a partnership or corporation are required to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN).

The EIN, or Employer Identification Number (also called a Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN), is a unique 9-digit tax identification number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If the LLC isn’t required to get an EIN (though you can still get one), the LLC will use the social security number of the owner.

Related: How to apply for an EIN

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  • Greg Bouhl

    With over two decades as an entrepreneur, educator, and business advisor, Greg Bouhl has worked with over 2,000 entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their businesses. Fed up with clients finding and acting on inaccurate and outdated information online, Greg launched StartUp101.com to be a trusted resource for people starting a business.

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