Articles of Organization Florida
If you’re planning to register your Florida LLC within the state of Florida, you’ll need to file for the Florida Articles of Organization. So, read on as we provide you with the steps needed to successfully and effectively file for your Florida Articles of Organization as you establish a Florida LLC.
1 – Get The Relevant Forms
In order to acquire the Florida Articles of Organization Forms, you’ll need to follow the steps below. However, after you’ve completed the Articles of Organization forms, you can simply file for your LLC online, or you can mail them in. You’ll need to choose your desired method for your Articles of Organization as follows:
* Click on the link to be redirected to where you can acquire the Articles of Organization from an online source. However, you’ll need to firstly accept the conditions and terms before you can begin the LLC Articles of organization filing process.
* When you visit the State of Florida Sunbiz website, you can use toggle navigation to find the Articles of Organization. You can use toggle navigation to search through the Division of Corporations state of Florida’s official business entity index and commercial activity website. However, this step requires that you deliver the Articles of Organization files in person or you can mail them into the Division of Corporations New Filing Section.
2 – Complete The Articles Of Organization
This step ensures that you’re able to properly complete the Articles of Organization form. Hence, you’ll need to know the following information in order to do this:
* LLC Entity Address And Name
* LLC Governing Authority Type
*LLC Effective Data
*LLC Registered Agent Name And Registered Office Address
When it comes to choosing a name for your business LLC, you need to be smart and creative. However, it’s still extremely important that you have a name that is correct from a legal point of view. So, when you’re selecting a LLC name, be sure to take the following name criteria into consideration:
* Your Florida LLC name should be in line with the guidelines according to the state
* The Florida LLC name you select should not already be existing
The Naming Guidelines
* If you’re thinking about a suitable Florida LLC name, you’ll need to include “limited liability company” in the name or an abbreviation such as L.L.C or LLC.
* The Florida LLC name you select should not contain any type of language that indicates that your Limited Liability Company is an entity for unlawful actions. Additionally, it should also not be one that wasn’t stated in the original document.
* Your company LLC name should not contain any phrases or language that states that it is connected to the federal government, or state corporations.
* If you’re using restricted words such as Attorney, Bank, or University, some states will require you to completed additional paper work to ensure that a licensed individual is a part of the Limited Liability Company.
* As previously mentioned, your LLC name should be clear and distinguishable from other businesses. However, this doesn’t apply to fictitious name registrations, limited liability partnership statements, and general partnership registrations.
Checking The Availability Of Your LLC Name
Before you can complete the LLC naming stage, you’ll need to make sure that the LLC name is available. In order to find out if the LLC name you want isn’t in use, you can simply go to the Florida SunBiz site and perform a LLC name search. When forming your LLC in the state of Florida, the first and most important step will be choosing your name. Your LLC name must meet certain requirements and be distinguishable from any other registered entity.
On the Florida Division of Corporations website, you can conduct a search using:
- The entity name
- The officer name
- The registered agent name
- The partner name
- The FEI/EIN (federal employer identification number)
- The document number
Registering Your Domain Name
It is advised that you check to see if your LLC business name is available for a web domain. Even if you’re not intending to make a website, you might want to purchase it to prevent others from acquiring your LLC name it at any point in the future. If you want to register a domain name, here’s what you need to do:
- Think of a few good domain names that you’d like to use. You should think of a few because they might be taken.
- You will need either a credit card or a PayPal account to pay for the domain, so make sure you have this before continuing. This is a requirement of most if not all registrars. It will allow you to hold and get the domain name immediately after the application.
- If you already have a web host, secure from them the names of their primary and secondary name servers. Save the information somewhere. The information can usually be acquired from their FAQs or other documentation on their site, usually under a category like “domain name” or “DNS” or “domain name transfer”.
- If you do not have a web host, you can always allow the registrar to save your domain name at a temporary website specially set up for you. This way you can quickly secure your domain name before it’s too late and still take your time to set up the other aspects of your site.
- Once you are at the registrar’s site you will be given the option to enter the domain you want, usually into a search box of some kind. The site will then search to see if the name is available. If it is, proceed to enter your details (name, address and telephone number) and pay for it. On completion, the domain will be yours.
Registered Agent And Registered Office
The individual or legal entity that will accept service of process on behalf of the LLC business entity is the registered agent. If you’re thinking about using a registered agent, this might take some of the work from your hands. A Registered agent not only accept your LLC legal documents, but they also send them out on behalf of your Limited Liability Company. So, when you successfully register your Limited Liability Company in the state of Florida, you’ll need to provide the name and address of your LLC registered agent. It should be noted that your LLC registered agent can be any resident of Florida over the age of 18.
Your LLC registered agent must also always be present at the registered agent office during business hours. The address that you choose should not be a P.O. box.
* If you’re planning to file using the mail or via Sunbiz, you’ll need to the correct address of the persons who are managing your Florida Limited Liability Company.
* If you’re thinking of leaving the managing section blank, the state will be under the assumption that your Florida Limited Liability Company is managed by members and the complete member privacy would not be protected.
* In the case where your Florida Limited Liability Company is manager-managed, you’ll need to provide the Florida Limited Liability Company managers name. However, you’ll need to provide only the necessary information to protect the privacy of your Florida LLC managers.
* If you’re still in the process of determining how you plan to manage your Florida Limited Liability Company, you’ll have until the due date of the first annual report to make a final decision.
Annual Report Notice
- Every LLC is required to file an annual report to maintain an “active” status in our records.
- If the limited liability company fails to file the report, it will be administratively dissolved.
- The filing period for an annual report is January 1st to May 1st of the calendar year following the LLC’s date of filing or, if listed, its effective date.
- The annual report is not a financial statement.
- The report is used to confirm or update the entity’s information on our records.
If the LLC effective dates are given, it must be specific and should not be more than 5 days before filing. It also should not be 90 calendar days after you’ve filed.
3 – Filing For The Articles Of Organization
In order to register your Limited Liability Company in Florida, you’ll need to ensure that you file your LLC with the Florida Division of Corporation for your Articles of Organization. The following are the two main ways to file for them:
* Completion of forms can be done online – You’ll need to read and accept the conditions and terms before you fill out the information and submit. If filing online valid e-mail addresses will need to be provided. The filing acknowledgment and certification will be sent to these e-mail addresses.
* A hard copy can be submitted in-person or by mail – If you’re planning to do a hard copy, you can access the Florida Sunbiz site and access the Articles of Organization report PDF.
The state usually has a filing cost. Within the state of Florida, the cost is $125 and should be mailed to the Division Of Corporations New Filing Section with the P.O. Box 6327 Tallahassee Florida. The zip code for this address is 32314.
If you’re submitting in person, you’ll need to submit to the Division Of Corporations New Filing Section in the Clifton Building. The building is located at 2661 in the Executive Center Circle Tallahassee Florida. The zip code for this address is 32301
The processing time varies for each person. On average, it can take up to two weeks. However, in the case of higher demands, it can take longer than two weeks.
Your LLC existence starts on the day the Division of Corporations receives and files your article. The LLC may specify an effective day that is no more than five business days prior to, or 90 days after, the date the document is received by the office of Articles of Organization.
To create a Florida LLC OR correct your rejected online filing:
- Review the instructions for filing the Articles of Organization.
- Gather all information required to complete the form.
- Have valid payment options
The Division Of Corporations
The Division of Corporations is the State of Florida official business entity index and commercial activity website.
For more information on the Florida Division Of Corporations visit- https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/
Florida Secretary of State: The Florida Secretary of State currently is Laurel M. Lee. For more information regarding Laurel M. Lee visit the Florida Department of State website here.
Florida Department of state website- For more information on the Florida Department of state click here. For Spanish speakers, you may click over where it says “Seleccione de la lista”. After you click it over “Seleccione de la lista” the page will translate to Spanish.