A registered agent is a business or individual who serves as a company’s representative. They are typically tasked with accepting documents on the LLC’s behalf, including official government correspondence. This can include service of process notices, tax information, communication from the Department of State, and notices of lawsuits. Registered agents act as a middle-man, as it is their job to see that members of the LLC receive these documents.
Florida Requirements For Individual Registered Agents
The Florida Department of State has numerous requirements determining who can serve as a registered agent on behalf of a company. An individual registered agent may be:
- An individual who resides in the state and whose business office is identical with such registered office.
- If an individual, that person must be at least 18 years of age.
Florida Requirements For A Company Serving As A Registered Agent
The Department of State also defines which companies can serve as a registered agent on an entity’s behalf.
- Another corporation or not-for-profit corporation authorized to transact business or conduct its affairs in this state, having a business office identical with the registered office.
- A foreign corporation or non-profit corporation authorized to conduct its affairs in this state, having a business office identical with the registered office.
DoMyLLC Can Serve As Your Registered Agent
It’s critical that new business owners find a registered agent upon who they can trust and rely. At DoMyLLC, we offer registered agent services to those looking to file as an LLC or corporation in the state of Florida. When hiring us to serve as a registered agent, business owners can rest assured that they are receiving reliable, professional services, including:
- A physical address in the state of Florida, meeting requirements set forth by the Department of State’s Office.
- An office available during business hours from Monday through Friday. We can accept all legal correspondence for a company.
- A secure online account where business owners can manage your documents.
- An innovative management system design making it easier than ever for business owners to handle all legal correspondence, even if they’re not in the state.
- A compliance reminder system that informs business owners when annual report filings are due, ensuring they never miss a deadline.
- A compliance calendar, which is an easy-to-view method that allows owner to track when annual reports are due.
- A vast document library that includes both state and internal paperwork for Corporations and LLCs
- Links to state and government agencies
- Unlimited document storage
If businesses in Florida miss important deadlines, such as annual report filings, they could be subject to harsh penalties. When hiring DoMyLLC as a registered agent, business owners can trust that their information will be uploaded to the online management system immediately upon delivery and that they will never miss an important deadline. DoMyLLC allows business owners to focus on running their business instead of having to burden themselves with compliance paperwork.
How To Change Your Florida Registered Agent
If you are a business owner in the state of Florida who is not satisfied with the registered agent currently representing your company, it’s possible that you can make a change.
- Hire a New Agent – When business owners submit the paperwork to change their registered agent, they must provide the name and address of the new agent. It’s essential that they have already hired a new agent before they begin the process of filing the paperwork.
- File the Required Change of Agent Paperwork with the Florida Department of State – Florida business owners must file a Statement of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent or Both for Corporations. The person submitting this form will have to provide essential information related to the business, in addition to information about the current and new registered agents. The person can then mail the form or deliver it in person to the Amendment Section of the Division of Corporations. Florida companies also have the option to make changes to their registered agent when they file their annual report, which is due between January 1 and May 1 each year.
- Pay the Filing Fee – The cost of changing registered agents in the state of Florida ranges from $25 – $35. It’s crucial that business owners include the proper amount when they file their Statement of Change. They can write a check made payable to Florida Department of State.
State Filing Fees
Any time Florida businesses file paperwork that impacts their registered agent, they will have to pay a fee. This includes when they register to form the company and when they submit to change their registered agent. The costs can range anywhere from $25 – $1,000. It’s vital that business owners pay careful attention to their required payment to avoid delays when filing.
|Entity Type||State Fee Registered Agent Change|
|Domestic Florida Corporation||$35|
|Domestic Florida Limited Liability Company||$25|
|Domestic Florida Non-Profit Corporations||$35|
|Domestic & Foreign Partnerships (LP, LLP, LLLP)||$35|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporations||$35|
|Foreign Limited Liability Companies||$25|
|Corporation Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic Florida Corporation||$78.75|
|Domestic Florida Non-Profit Corporation||$78.75|
|Foreign Corporation Qualification||$70|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporation Qualification||$70|
|LLC Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic Florida Limited Liability Company||$155|
|Domestic Florida Partnerships||$50 – $1,000 (depends on the type)|
|Foreign Limited Liability Company Qualification||$155|
|Foreign Partnership Qualification||$50 – $1,000 (depends on the type)|