Florida Articles of Incorporation Templates | Florida Division of Corporations

The Florida Articles of Incorporation are used to file the creation of a corporation that shall operate in the State of Florida. Acceptance will depend upon the accuracy of the information submitted, if any supporting documents that are required for an entity type have been submitted, if full payment of any applicable fees accompanies the submission, and if the name of the corporate entity being formed is legal in the State of Florida. The filing fee is $70.00 ($35.00 filing fee plus $35.00 Designating a Registered Agent fee). There will be an option for gaining a Certificate of Status and to have the returned documents certified if specified. Each service will cost an additional $8.75.


Florida Application by Foreign Corporation for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida

Florida Application by Foreign Corporation for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida

The Florida Application by Foreign Corporation for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida must be submitted in duplicate to, then approved by the Florida Division of Corporations. All supporting documentation and full payment of fees must accompany the articles along with a Certificate of Good Standing from the origin state of the entity wishing to […]

Florida Application by Foreign Not For Profit Corporation For Authorization To Conduct Its Affairs In Florida

Florida Application by Foreign Not For Profit Corporation For Authorization To Conduct Its Affairs In Florida

The Florida Application by Foreign Not for Profit Corporation for Authorization to Conduct Its Affairs in Florida must be submitted by mail with the minimum $70.00 filing fee to the Florida Division of Corporations. This is a required step when an out of state entity wishes to conduct business in the State of Florida. This […]

Florida Articles of Incorporation Non-Profit Corporation

Florida Articles of Incorporation Non-Profit Corporation

The Florida Articles of Incorporation Non-Profit Corporation, required by the Florida Department of State, will form a legal nonprofit corporation that shall be allowed to operate as such within state lines. This is just one of the requirements in forming this entity but is mandatory. Other entities, such as the I.R.S., must be contacted as […]

Florida Articles of Incorporation Profit Corporation

Florida Articles of Incorporation Profit Corporation

The Florida Articles of Incorporation Profit Corporation will be required by the Florida Secretary of State in order for an entity to operate as a stock or profit corporation. The articles will need to be filled out and submitted to the Florida Secretary of State’s Division of Corporation department. The original and the copy will […]


How to File

Step 1 - Name the corporate entity you wish to start and operate in the State of Florida. This must be a unique name and must have “Corporation,” “Corp.,” “Incorporated,” “Inc.,” “Company,” or “Co.”

Step 2 - Once you have thought of a name, you must make sure it is unique. You may search the Florida Department of State Division of Corporation's database to see if this name has already been taken. You may not reserve a name in Florida so this should be searched thoroughly. You may conduct this search by visiting the Florida Department of State Division of Corporation's” website here: http://www.sunbiz.org. Select the link labeled “Look up a Business Name” on the left hand menu. Your browser will redirect to the search page.

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Step 3 - Under the heading “Corporations, Trademarks, Limited Partnerships, & Limited Liability Companies” select the link labeled “Inquire by Name.”

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Step 4 - Enter the name you have chosen in the text box in the center of the page then select “Search Now.” This will deliver an “Entity Name List” table.

fl Name srch 2Step 5 - The will be three column headings: Corporate Name, Document Number, and Status. Each name will be selectable and lead to an entity details page.

fl Name srch 4Step 6 - This page will deliver the Name of a Corporation, Filing Information, Principal Address, Mailing Address, Registered Agent Name & Address, Officer/Director Detail, Annual Reports, and Document Images.fl Name srch 5

Step 7 - Once you have chosen a name for your entity, you must designate a Registered Agent. The Registered Agent is the entity approved by and has agreed to receiving service of process court documents on behalf of the forming corporation in case it is sued.

Step 8 - The next step will be to select the appropriate form to file with the Corporate Division of the Secretary of State. Each forming entity must file with the Secretary of State, and in many cases, several other entities will require paperwork. In order to facilitate processing, it is highly recommended that all documents required by the Secretary of State for an entity's articles of incorporation be submitted at once with full payment of any applicable fees. You may submit the articles by mail (Department of State Division of Corporations P.O. Box 6327, Tallahassee, FL 32314 or electronically (https://efile.sunbiz.org/onlmenu.html)