Florida Registered Agent
This page was last fact-checked September 9, 2014.
Your Florida registered agent is the individual or company that accepts service of process (notice of lawsuit) for your business. Most likely you came across this term while filing documents to form a new Florida business or register an out-of-state business to do business in Florida.
How it Works: The Job of Your Florida Registered Agent
Florida law requires that every business entityBusiness entities include domestic and foreign corporations, LLCs, LPs, and LLPs. declare their registered agent. This information is published in the public records of the Florida Division of Corporations. Thereafter, anyone who needs to send legal, government, or other official documents to your business will know who to contact. Typically these documents are hand-delivered, require signature upon delivery, and are time-sensitive. For example, if your business is ever sued, a sheriff or process server will hand-deliver service of process (notice of lawsuit) to the registered agent. It is the registered agent’s duty to be available during normal business hours to receive documents and promptly forward them to the appropriate company personnel.
What is a Registered Office?
The physical street address where the registered agent is located is called the registered office. It is here that the registered agent should be available during normal business hours to sign for documents. The registered office address must be a Florida street address. A post office box is not acceptable.
Florida’s Two Registered Agent Options
In Florida, your business may either provide the name and address of an individual or of a company to serve as your registered agent.
Option 1: Appoint an Individual
Florida allows you to appoint an individual to serve as your registered agent. To qualify to serve as your registered agent, the individual must meet all of the following requirements.
- The individual must be a resident of Florida.
- The individual must make available their name and Florida street address to be included in the public records of Florida as your registered agent and registered office. The registered office must be a physical address in Florida (not a P.O. Box).
- The individual should be generally present at the registered office to accept service of process and otherwise perform the functions of a registered agent.
- The individual must agree to serve as the business’s registered agent and sign accepting this designation.
In Florida, the individual may or may not be affiliated with the business.
Default Judgment and Administrative Dissolution
Appointing a Florida registered agent that fails in their duties can lead to costly consequences for your business. Missing a time-sensitive legal document can result in legal actions proceeding against your business without your knowledge. A court may rule a default judgment. The state may dissolve your business following administrative protocol. Have peace of mind about the Florida registered agent you appoint by hiring our reliable service.
How to Appoint Your Florida Registered Agent
Your Florida registered agent must sign accepting their appointment. Provide the registered agent’s name, address of the registered office, and their signature.
Scenario A: Elect your registered agent as you register a new domestic or foreign entity in Florida.
You must declare your registered agent as you create a new Florida business entity or apply for foreign qualification to do business in Florida.
- You can order our registered agent service and file the documents yourself.
- We can prepare and file your documents for you. Registered agent service will be included with your registration order. Start your business in Florida or expand your business to Florida.
Scenario B: You are changing your Florida registered agent.
Changes are filed with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. If you use our Florida registered agent service, we will happily file your change of agent form for you.
Florida Filing Tips
Keep in mind the following tips as you prepare your registration or change of agent form.
- Your registered agent does must sign accepting the designation. The signature block shall state that the registered agent is familiar with and accepts the obligations of that position. The original inked signature is not required on the document submitted.
- You can form domestic entities online. Otherwise, file by mail. Computer-fillable documents are available.
- If you chose to write-in the information, use ink.
- Include a cover letter stating the return contact name, address, e-mail address, and phone number for correspondence.
- Make payment of filing fees in check or money order. Do not send cash.
- Allow 3-7 business days for processing.
*As a reminder, Florida annual reports are due May 1st and carry hefty late filing fees.