Filing a Foreign Corporation or LLC in Florida

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If your company was not incorporated in Florida, but you wish to do business there, you need to register as a foreign entity with the state.

Known as Foreign Qualification, this process allows a company formed in Delaware or any other state to legally transact business in Florida.

Please note: information on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, requirements and costs can be changed by states at any time and Harvard Business Services cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

How to Get a Certificate of Authority in Florida:

The Florida Department of State - Division of Corporations requires different forms and fees depending on what type of entity you are operating.

Requirements for LLCs:

  • File for a Certificate of Authority
  • Fee: $125
  • Certificate of Good Standing dated within 90 days of the application. 

Requirements for Corporations:

  • File an Application for a For-Profit Certificate of Authority
  • File an Application for a Non-Profit Certificate of Authority 
  • Fee: $70 for for-profit and non-profit corporations 
  • Certificate of Good Standing dated within 90 days of the application. 

You must also appoint and list a Florida Registered Agent. The Registered Agent must be maintained at all times. Harvard Business Services can provide this service at a cost of just $99/year.

Harvard Business Services can assist with your application so you don’t have to deal with the Florida Division of Corporations directly. We do charge our own fee for this service, in addition to state fees. The exact fee can vary based upon whether your company is already filed and whether you need us to obtain additional documents to meet the state’s requirements. Please contact us for an exact quote.

How Do I Know if I Need a Florida Certificate of Authority?

The most common reasons for applying for a certificate of authority include:

  • Opening a physical office or location
  • Hiring employees
  • Licensing authority
  • Beginning a contract or job in the state 

Keep in mind that even if the State of Florida does not require a Certificate of Authority for a specific activity, a bank, vendor or another party can still require one in order to establish a relationship.

Florida Annual Requirements

Once you have Foreign Qualification in Florida, state law requires annual report to be filed by all corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships.

The annual report is due by May 1st. Any business that files after May 1st will be assessed a $400 late fee. Any entity that has not filed by the third Friday in September, will be administratively dissolved or cancelled. 

The fees associated with Florida Annual Reports are as followed:

  •  Profit Corporation: $150.00
  •  Non-Profit Corproation: $61.25
  •  LLC: $138.75
  •  LP or LLP: $500

Please note that this annual requirement is independent from requirements you may have in Delaware or other states.

Since 1981, Harvard Business Services, Inc. has helped form 289,353 Delaware corporations and LLCs for people all over the world.

Registered Agent Service

Harvard Business Services, Inc. guarantees your annual Delaware Registered Agent Fee will remain fixed at $50 per company, per year, for the life of your company.