Florida Registered Agent
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Your business must appoint a Florida registered agent to receive documents in legal matters, including notice of lawsuit. Our reliable registered agent service fulfills this requirement.
Most likely you came across the term registered agent while filing documents to form a new Florida business or register an out-of-state business to do business in Florida. Depending on what form you are filing, it might have shown one of these synonyms for the appointment: registered office, resident agent, statutory agent, or agent for service of process. This page explains your options for appointing a registered agent and what to expect.
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How It Works: Florida Registered Agent Service
This is how the entire process works:
- Tell the Florida Department of State - Division of Corporations who is your business’s registered agent (more instructions on this below). The Florida Department of State - Division of Corporations lists your registered agent’s name and address in their public records. Hiring our service means our information, not yours, is listed publicly.
- Anyone who want to send your business an official legal document looks up your registered agent’s address. Our local Tampa office greets process servers, signs for your documents, and locally scans your time-sensitive deliveries to you same-day!
- You receive e-mail notification of your delivery. You can also have your colleagues or even your attorney notified. The e-mail contains a link to access and download your documents online in your Secure Client Dashboard.
Choosing an Florida Registered Agent
You may elect an individual or a company to serve as your Florida registered agent:
Appointing An Individual
Florida allows you to appoint a consenting individual to serve as your registered agent so long as they meet all of the following requirements:
- The individual must be a resident of Florida.
- The individual must make available their name and street address to be included in the public records of Florida as your registered agent. The street address, called the registered office, must be a physical address in Florida. A P.O. Box or mailbox service is almost never allowed since the agent must personally sign for your document.
- The individual must generally be available at the address listed during business hours to sign for documents.
Appointing A Company
Hiring us to serve as your registered agent provides the following benefits:
Using our service fulfills your business's statutory obligation to appoint a registered agent.
We understand that privacy is a major benefit of using our registered agent service.
- Avoid receiving a lawsuit in front of your clients and employees. We receive uniformed process servers, notice of lawsuit, and other deliveries discreetly at our office.
- Our contact information (not yours) is listed publicly with the Florida Department of State - Division of Corporations.
- We keep your information confidential and do not give it out to inquirers unless we are legally required to do so.
An individual registered agent is required to generally be available at the registered office to receive process servers. Travel, meet with clients, or take time off without risking missing a document or being noncompliant.
If you move your office, simply let us know your new address. You won't have to worry about change forms and fees with the Florida Department of State - Division of Corporations.
Default Judgment and Administrative Dissolution
Appointing a 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
Scenario A: Incorporation
Appoint us as your registered agent when you incorporate your business or form your LLC:
- Sign up for registered agent service and file using the state forms and instructions in your online account. The forms are pre-filled signed as required by the state.
- Choose an incorporation or LLC package and we will complete your formation filings for you.
Scenario B: Qualification
Appoint us as your agent when you apply for a certificate of authority to transact business in a new state.
- Sign up for registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your online account. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.
- Choose our foreign qualification service and we will obtain your certificate of authority for you.
Scenario C: Change agent
Changing your registered agent to us is easy. Order service and we immediately provide instructions and pre-populated change of agent forms in your account.