The authority for incorporating in Florida is the Division of Corporations of the Florida Secretary of State. The Division has two general purposes: it formalizes the legal standing of a business or activity by accepting and indexing the filing or registration, and it supplies information and certification regarding the filings and activities of record. Florida’s Division of Corporations is the most active corporate filing entity in the country. This is the government agency responsible for all forms, filings, and record keeping.
The Division of Corporations also maintains all corporate filings of record. The types of business structures available are For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, and Limited Liability Limited Partnerships.
Foreign and Domestic Corporations
A foreign corporation is a corporation registered in another State that does business in Florida. Foreign corporations are required to register in Florida by submitting an Application by Foreign Corporation for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida. A certificate of good standing from the home state of the foreign corporation is required. A certificate of status can be requested in the same packet.
Domestic corporations are those formed in Florida itself. While there is no residency requirement for directors or officers of Florida corporations, a registered agent (who can also be a corporate officer) must have a physical address in Florida along with regular business hours. Eligibility Requirements – The registered agent must be either (1) an individual who resides in Florida and whose business office is the same as the registered office or (2) a corporation with a business office that is the same as the registered office. They have to be available to take phone calls and respond to legal matters. Hiring a Registered Agent will protect your privacy and meet the requirements of incorporation in Florida.
Officers and documents
Corporations in Florida may have one or more directors whose names and addresses will appear in the articles of incorporation. All must be at least 18 years old.
Corporate officers do not have to appear in filings, but information about officers, stockholders, minutes of required meetings, and annual reports have to be maintained at the corporate offices. Other records required at the principle place of business include a copy of the articles of incorporation along with any amendments.
Forming a corporation online
Filing articles of incorporation in Florida can be taken care of remotely through CorpNet. We offer complete packages that allow you to start your corporation or LLC with the proper forms and according to Florida Secretary of State rules.
Incorporating online is as easy as providing some initial information and deciding which type of corporation best fits your needs. CorpNet is available to help you start a corporation in Florida and one-year Registered Agent Services is standard in our packages. We also include unlimited customer support.