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.
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.
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.
In Florida, your business may either provide the name and address of an individual or of a company to serve as your registered agent.
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.
In Florida, the individual may or may not be affiliated with the business.
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.
Your Florida registered agent must sign accepting their appointment. Provide the registered agent’s name, address of the registered office, and their signature.
You must declare your registered agent as you create a new Florida business entity or apply for foreign qualification to do business in Florida.
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.
Keep in mind the following tips as you prepare your registration or change of agent form.
*As a reminder, Florida annual reports are due May 1st and carry hefty late filing fees.
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