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Incorporating a Corporation in Florida

If you want to incorporate a corporation, Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required corporate paperwork and obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your corporation, as required by the state law, and will help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Name of Florida corporation must be distinguishable from the name of any other existing entity. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets Florida's standards.

Permitted designations: Florida corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:

  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated

Restricted designations: The use of the following words in corporation's name will require approval by the state:

  • Bank
  • Democratic
  • Disney
  • Holding Company
  • Lottery
  • Olympic
  • Republican
  • Trust Company

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only.

Required documents: Articles of Incorporation.

Turnaround time: About 2-3 business days. Apostille legalization or Certified copies will take about 5-7 business days. 

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: At least one director is required.

Director qualifications: Directors must be 18 years or older. 

Appearance in articles: Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Principal office location / Registered Agent

Corporation's principal office may be located outside of the state, but local registered agent is required in Florida. Please contact us if you need registered agent service for corporation in Florida.

Annual Reports

Annual report has to be filed before May 1st every year. The state fee is $150. Late fee of $400 will apply at the midnight on May 1st. Failure to file report will result in revocation on the 4th Friday in September.


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