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Last updated on: March 7th, 2019

How to File Florida LLC Articles of Organization

A lot goes into the conception and planning of a new business. It is the Articles of Organization that make the LLC official. Being prepared before sitting down to complete the application will help you finish it efficiently.

First, have all of the required information handy. You will be asked for the following information:

  • Name of the Florida LLC
  • Mailing and physical address of the LLC
  • Name, address, and signature of registered agent
  • Name and address of each person authorized to manage the LLC
  • Effective date (Can be up to five business days prior to or 90 calendar days after the date of filing)
  • Signature of member or authorized representative of member

In addition, a cover letter is required. It needs to include your name, address, and daytime telephone number.

Second, the cost of filing the Articles of Organization is $125, so have a credit card or check ready to go. Also available are a certified copy for $30 and a certificate of status for $5.

Finally, processing time varies depending on which option you choose. If you’re in a hurry, consider the online option which will process in two or three days. Standard processing (hardcopy) will take between three and five business days. However, be prepared for longer wait times during heavier filing periods.

 

Filing Options

When filing the Articles of Organization, use one of the three methods below.

Online

Filing can be done online with credit card payment.

Mail

The application (pdf) can be either filled out on your computer and then printed or printed and then filled out with ink. Payment can be made with a check or money order, payable to the Florida Department of State.

The application, cover letter and payment can be sent to the following address:

New Filing Section

Division of Corporations

P.O. Box 6327

Tallahassee, FL 32314

In Person

For a hard copy, click on the link above. Articles can be filed in the following location:

New Filing Section

Division of Corporations

Clifton Building

2661 Executive Center Circle

Tallahassee, FL  32314

 

Want Help Filing Your Articles of Organization?

If you decide to use your time building your business rather than completing paperwork, but don’t want to spend the money on an attorney, an LLC formation service is a great compromise.

Lots of online incorporation services are out there but do vary in perks offered, processing times (theirs, not the state’s), and price.

In general, a service will collect and review your information, prepare the documents, and send them to the Florida Division of Corporations. A letter of acknowledgement will be issued when the Articles of Organization have been filed.

One additional benefit offered by some services is a free year of registered agent service. Others offer order tracking or notifications of future legal requirements needed with the state.

After reviewing all the top LLC services available, we found IncFile and Northwest Registered Agent the best overall options. While neither of them have as high brand power as the industry giant, LegalZoom, both services have great customer support, prices and offer a free registered agent.