How To Register a Business in Florida

how to register a business in floridaYour business is considered domestic to the state where it's formed, and foreign in all other states. 

Incorporating in Delaware is by far the most popular domestic choice, so your company can take advantage of the strong corporate law structure as well as Delaware's Court of Chancery.

How to Start an LLC or Corporation in Florida with a Delaware LLC

If your business will have a physical presence by operating, hiring employees, banking or even holding an asset in a state other than its state of incorporation, you can qualify your business to operate in that state. This is called Foreign Qualification.

The Foreign Qualification process enables a company to transact business in a jurisdiction other than where it was formed. Failing to comply with local compliance requirements may put your company at risk. To operate your Delaware business entity in Florida, you will have to register with the Florida Division of Corporations and pay an required fees.

Florida Foreign Qualification Requirements

Florida requires:

  • A completed cover letter
  • Application by Foreign Limited Liability Company for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida form
  • Certificate of Designation of Registered Agent form 
  • Approved documents from Delaware
  • Certificate of Good Standing from Delaware (can be no more than 90 days old)

Florida will require you to have a Registered Agent. A Registered Agent provides a physical address within the state for the purpose of receiving any legal documents or service of processes from the state.

Some clients elect to be their own Registered Agent while others enlist the support of their Delaware Registered Agent. Often the Delaware Registered Agent also provides the service in Florida. Whether you use a Delaware Registered Agent or serve as your own Registered Agent, a Florida Registered Agent will need to sign the filing.

Florida also requires a member, or an authorized representative for the member, to sign the application. Keep in mind Florida will ask for this person’s name and address. All information provided to Florida will be public; however, there is no publication requirement when you foreign qualify in Florida.

Once registered in Florida, you can apply for local licenses such as resale permits, business licenses, et al. You can also open a Florida bank account. You will have to file an annual report (at the current cost of $138.75) to remain in good standing in Florida. Florida’s annual report is due by May 1 of each year.

Live Chat Now To Foreign Qualify


Learn more: Foreign Qualification for LLCs and Corporations

*Disclaimer*: Harvard Business Services, Inc. is neither a law firm nor an accounting firm and, even in cases where the author is an attorney, or a tax professional, nothing in this article constitutes legal or tax advice. This article provides general commentary on, and analysis of, the subject addressed. We strongly advise that you consult an attorney or tax professional to receive legal or tax guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. Any action taken or not taken based on this article is at your own risk. If an article cites or provides a link to third-party sources or websites, Harvard Business Services, Inc. is not responsible for and makes no representations regarding such source’s content or accuracy. Opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Business Services, Inc.

More By Devin Scott

There are 2 comments left for How To Register a Business in Florida

Adam Narcisse said: Saturday, August 8, 2020

I own a company in Haiti and I like to register it in Florida Can you help

HBS Staff replied: Monday, August 10, 2020

Typically, clients with international companies form a new company for their US operations. If you wish to operate in Florida with your current company, one of the documents you will need a Certificate of Good Standing, but we are not able to assist with obtaining that from Haiti. Feel free to contact our sales team if you are interested in creating a new company for US operations -

Juan C Dieguez said: Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hi I opened Net Depot Global LLC with your company. I have some questions for registering this company in Florida

HBS Staff replied: Monday, February 13, 2017

Please give us a call during the day, 9-5 EST, so we may answer any questions you may have about your company. 1-800-345-2677.

Leave a Comment
* Required
* Required, will not be published