Cost to Form an LLC in Florida

The cost of setting up a Florida LLC online is $125. This filing fee is paid to the Florida Department of State when filing the LLC’s Articles of Organization.

Use our free Form an LLC in Florida guide to do it yourself.

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How Much Does a Florida LLC Cost?

Florida LLC Filing Fee: $125

The main cost of forming an LLC is the $125 fee to file your LLC's Articles of Organization online with the Florida Department of State.

Florida Annual Report Fee: $138.75

Florida requires LLCs to file an annual report with the Secretary of State.

You can submit this form through the Florida Department of State Sunbiz website. It is due on May 1. Florida charges a $400 late fee for failure to file on time as a penalty. Filing your annual report fee on time maintains your LLC's good standing with the Florida state department.

Registered Agent Fee

In Florida you can be your own registered agent, but using a registered agent service helps keep your company in compliance and reminds you of important filing deadlines and avoid late fees.

Registered agent fees start at $39 for the first year. We recommend using:

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Read our guide to learn more about Florida Registered Agents. You can also read our full guide on the best registered agent services.

Cost to Form a Foreign LLC in Florida: $125

If you already have an LLC that is registered in another state and you’d like to expand your business into Florida, you’ll need to register your LLC as a foreign LLC in Florida.

The cost for registering a Florida foreign LLC is $125. You can register a foreign LLC in Florida by filing an Application by Foreign Limited Liability Company for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida.

Business Permits and Licenses

Depending on your industry and geographical location, your business might need federal, state, and local permits/licenses to legally operate in Florida. This is true whether your form an LLC or any other type of business structure.

Learn more about state and local licensing with our guide to getting a Florida business license.

Other LLC Filing Costs

There are optional fees associated with LLC formation:

“Doing Business As” (DBA) Name
File an Application for Registration of Fictitious Name and pay the $50 filing fee to create a name other than your legal LLC business name.

Certified Document Copies
Obtain certified copies of your Florida business documents by ordering through the Secretary of State and paying $30.

Certificate of Status
Also known as a Florida certificate of good standing, you can obtain this document by ordering through the Secretary of State and paying the $5 fee. A certificate of status is often required by banks and lending institutions.

How to Register a Florida LLC Yourself

Forming an LLC yourself is easy; just follow the five steps below.

Recommended: If you already have a business that is running as a sole proprietorship, visit our How to Change from a Sole Proprietorship to LLC page.

Five Basic Steps to Start an LLC in Florida

Step 1: Name Your Florida LLC
Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent
Step 3: File the Articles of Organization
Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement
Step 5: Get an EIN

Step 1: Name Your Florida LLC

When you name your Florida LLC, you’ll need to choose a name that:

  1. Is available for use in the state of Florida
  2. Meets Florida naming requirements
  3. Is available as a web domain

Recommended: Visit our Start an LLC in Florida guide for detailed naming rules and instructions for registering a business name in Florida.

Not sure what to name your business? Check out our How to Name a Business guide and free LLC Name Generator.

We recommend that you check online to see if your business name is available as a web domain. Even if you don't plan to create a business website today, you may want to buy the URL in order to prevent others from acquiring it.

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Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent

All LLCs in Florida must appoint a registered agent. A registered agent primarily acts as your LLC’s main point of contact with the state. But most importantly, they are responsible for accepting service of process in the event your business is sued.

Your Florida registered agent must:

  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Have a physical address in Florida
  • Be available during normal business hours to accept service of process

In Florida, your registered agent must consent to appointment by signing the Articles of Organization physically or electronically.

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Recommended: Get a free year of registered agent services when you hire ZenBusiness to form your LLC. $39 (plus state fees).

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Step 3: File the Articles of Organization

The Florida Articles of Organization is a document that is filed with the Florida Department of State to form an LLC. The fee for filing the Articles of Organization is $125.

For detailed instructions for completing the Articles of Organization, visit our How to File the Florida Articles of Organization guide.

File the Florida Articles of Organization

OPTION 1: File Online With Florida Sunbiz

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OPTION 2: File Articles of Organization by Mail

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State Filing Cost: $125, payable to the Department of State

Mailing Address:
New Filing Section
Division of Corporations
P.O. Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314

Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement

An operating agreement isn't required for Florida LLCs, but it's a good practice to have one.

What is an operating agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of an LLC.

Why are operating agreements important? A comprehensive operating agreement ensures that all business owners are on the same page and reduces the risk of future conflict.

For more information on operating agreements, read our Florida LLC operating agreement guide.

Step 5: Get an EIN

What is an EIN? An EIN or Employer Identification Number is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue System (IRS) to identify a business for tax reporting purposes. An EIN is essentially a Social Security number (SSN) for your company.

Why do I need an EIN? An EIN number is required for the following:

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Free EIN: You can get an EIN from the IRS website (free of charge) after forming your business.

Florida LLC Cost FAQ

Do you have to pay for a Florida LLC every year?

Florida LLCs have to pay an annual report fee of $138.75 each year. Visit our Florida Annual Report guide for more information.

Is an LLC really necessary?

An LLC provides limited liability protection. This means an LLC protects your personal assets in the event of a business loss, such as a lawsuit or unpaid debt.

We recommend any small business that carries even the smallest amount of risk or liability to form an LLC. Learn more in our Should I Start an LLC guide.

What is the cheapest way to get an LLC?

You can save money on getting an LLC by completing the formation process yourself, making your own operating agreement, being your own registered agent, and getting your own EIN.

Check out our How to Save Money Forming Your LLC guide to learn more.

Can I pay myself a salary from my LLC?

You can pay yourself a salary from your LLC, but it would be called a draw or distribution if your LLC is taxed in the default way by the IRS.

Visit our How to Pay Yourself from an LLC guide to learn more.

Is an S corp better than an LLC?

An S corporation (S corp) is an IRS tax status, not a type of business entity. An LLC can be taxed in the default way or as an S corp. For some businesses, being taxed as an S corp can make lots of sense.

Check out our LLC vs. S corp guide to find out if S corp status is right for your business.

What’s better: sole proprietorship or LLC?

A sole proprietorship is only good for businesses that carry very low risk of liability because sole proprietorships don’t offer any liability protection.

Learn more in our sole proprietorship vs. LLC guide.

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