Filing your Articles of Incorporation in Florida is crucial for establishing your business’s legal identity and enabling growth. Explore our guide below to learn more.
Are you forming a corporation and struggling with filing Articles of Incorporation in Florida? Filing Florida Articles of Incorporation is a necessary step, but it can be a bit of a headache. Luckily, ZenBusiness is here to lend a hand. We’ll walk you through the form and show you how to submit it to the relevant authority.
Before we get to filing Articles of Incorporation in Florida, make sure you know the other steps required to form a corporation in Florida. If you find it confusing, or just want some help, take a look at our Form a Florida Corporation page.
In Florida, Articles of Incorporation are submitted to the Florida Secretary of State (SOS). Be aware that any information in the Articles of Incorporation of your Florida corporation will become public record.
In this walkthrough, we’ll explain what you need to do to file Articles of Incorporation in Florida.
Florida allows for both online and mail filing. If you’d rather file by mail, you can download the forms from the Florida Department of State.
If you’re filing online, you can pay the fees with a credit card. You can also fill out the form online, print it, then mail it. Alternatively, you can print it, fill it in by hand, then mail it. For mail, you’ll have to pay with a check.
To fill the form you will need:
When filing Articles of Incorporation in Florida, you can also ask for a Certificate of Status, known in most states as a Certificate of Good Standing. This certificate is optional, and there’s an accompanying fee. It certifies the existence of the corporation and that fees have been paid. ZenBusiness can help you acquire this.
You can request a certified copy of your Articles of Incorporation. It includes a filed stamped copy of your Articles of Incorporation. There’s also a fee for this.
Foreign (out-of-state) corporations need to attach equivalent Articles of Incorporation filed the original jurisdiction of incorporation. Additionally, they’ll have to file the Application by Foreign Corporation for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida. This document includes a cover letter and asks for more advanced information about your corporation, including:
You can file your Articles of Incorporation either online or using mail. There’s a filing fee for each method.
New Filing Section, Department of State
Division of Corporations, The Center of Tallahassee
2415 N. Monroe St., Suite 810
Tallahassee, FL 32303
The Florida Secretary of State’s turnaround time is approximately one to three days if you’re filing online. For mail filing of your Articles of Incorporation, you may have to wait eight to 17 days. However, this is an estimate, and it can vary according to the time of the year.
To avoid the headache of filing on your own, and to have the security of a smooth process, consider working with us! ZenBusiness is here to help. Check out our business formation plans.
Check the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations website to see the most current information on fees and methods of payment available.
The Florida Secretary of State’s turnaround time is approximately one to three days if you’re filing online. To file your Articles of Incorporation by mail, you may have to wait eight to 17 days. This is an estimate.
The Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations processes your Articles of Incorporation.
Florida Statutes Chapter 607: Corporations.
No, you don’t need an attorney to file Florida Articles of Incorporation.
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