How to Set Up an LLC in Florida

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An LLC in Florida is not required to have an operating agreement, but having one is highly recommended.

An LLC in Florida is not required to have an operating agreement, but having one is highly recommended.

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Limited liability companies can be found in each state of the United States including Florida. The LLC form of business organization provides owners and partners with limited liability protection and unique tax advantages. The Florida Department of State Division of Corporations handles official LLC filings for the state and provides online templates for the articles of organization — the official registration document for LLCs.

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Step 1

Choose a name for your LLC, then perform a name search online to ensure that it is available. The state of Florida provides a simple search form connected to a database of all registered businesses in the state, allowing you to check to ensure that your chosen name is available before submitting your official registration form, the articles of organization.

Step 2

Select your initial team of owners, who are known as members, and appoint a registered agent. LLCs can have a single member, working much the same as a sole proprietorship, or any number of additional members including individuals and corporations. The LLC's registered agent is the contact person or office for official communication with the state and receives notice if the LLC is "served" with a lawsuit. A registered agent does not have to be a member of the company.

Step 3

File your articles of organization with the division of corporations. Use the online template and instructions provided by the division of corporations to ensure that your articles include all information required by the state. The articles of organization template provides room for the company's name, address, and purpose, as well as contact information for your chosen registered agent.

Step 4

Register for Florida state taxes and workers' compensation insurance. Florida, like most states, requires all employers to carry a workers' compensation policy if they have at least one employee. Even if you are the single member in your new LLC, it is wise to secure coverage as soon as possible.