How Do I Look Up an LLC in Florida?
To find an LLC in Florida, first go to the Florida Sunbiz website. The Division of Corporations divides its records into categories, including:
- Corporations, LLCs, Limited Partnerships (LPs), and Trademarks
- Fictitious Names (DBAs)
- General Partnerships (GPs) and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)
For a Florida LLC lookup, you will need to use the “Corporations, LLCs, LPs, and Trademarks” category, which allows you to search based on the following:
- Officer or registered agent
- Trademark name or owner name
- FEI/EIN or Document number
- Zip code or street address
If you are looking to search for a name’s availability, you may need to do a broader entity search.
Using the Florida Business Search Tool
The necessary information and formatting for your search will depend on your search type:
- If searching by an entity’s name, you can enter the whole name or a partial name.
- When searching via FEI/EIN number, note that your search may result in multiple listed entities under one number.
- To search by a person’s name (e.g., officer, registered agent, owner, etc.), you must use the “Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial” format.
Understanding Search Results
Florida’s business search returns searches in alphabetical order. If you want detailed information about a business, you can click on an entity name and find the following information about the company:
- Document Number
- FEI/EIN Number
- Date Filed
- Status (active or inactive)
- Principal Address and Mailing Address
- Registered Agent Name and Address
- Annual Reports
- Last Event Date (i.e., last known filing with the Division of Corporations)
- Member Information and Titles
Making a Public Records Request
If you require more information about an LLC, you can make a public records request with the Division of Corporations.
You can reach the Division of Corporations office by emailing DOS.GeneralCounsel@DOS.MyFlorida.com, calling (850) 245-6000, submitting a fax to (850) 245-6014, or by mailing a request to the address below:
P.O. Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314
Note that email addresses are considered public record under Florida law. If you do not want your email address released, you should make your request by phone, by fax, or by mail.
Why Perform a Florida LLC Lookup?
For those who plan to transact with an unfamiliar business, it makes sense to verify their registration first. You can look up their name and see whether they're still active or inactive (or if they truly exist).
What’s more, you can use Florida’s lookup tool to determine whether or not your desired entity name is available within the state. This can help when trying to form an LLC in Florida to avoid rejected filings.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find information on an LLC?
Information about any LLC in Florida can be found with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. Learn more by visiting the Florida Division of Corporations website.
How do I know if my Florida LLC has been approved?
You will receive a letter from the Secretary of State’s office once your Florida LLC has been approved. You can also order a Certificate of Status (also known as a Certificate of Good Standing) by visiting the Florida Sunbiz website.
What is the Secretary of State?
The Secretary of State is the person responsible for overseeing elections, businesses, and other state affairs. In Florida, the current Secretary of State is Laurel M. Lee.
Where is the Florida Department of State located?
The current address for the Florida Department of State is:
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
What is a good reason to start an LLC?
Many entrepreneurs start an LLC because it's simple and it can protect their personal assets in case of a lawsuit or when the business can't pay its debts. For more information, check our five reasons to start an LLC.