Category Archives: Florida Business Entity Search – FL Secretary of State
Florida Business Search provided by the Secretary of State that allows you to search the following entities by name: Corporations, General Partnerships, Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies (LLC).
Step 2 – Depending on which type you selected, you will want to enter the keywords of your search. It is highly recommended that you type as much as you can to narrow down the search as much as possible to what entity you are trying to find.
Once you have decided your search press enter on your keyboard or click the ‘search now’ button.
Step 3 – After submitting, you will be given search results that preview the document number and show the active or inactive status of the entity. CLick on the corporation that best matches.
Step 4 – Now you are on the Entity Data Page. This is the official record of all information listed with the Secretary of State. This is public information that allows you to view the corporation’s: Document Number, EIN Number, Date of Incorporation, Status, Effective Date, Principal Address, Mailing Address, Registered Agent Name & Address, and the Officer/Directors.
Step 2 – If you are filing online you will be instructed to pay the $70 filing fee via credit card. If you are incorporating through a paper filing you will need to write a check for $70 payable to the Florida Secretary of State and send the document and fee to:
New Filing Section
Division of Corporations
P.O. Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314
You will receive your official corporation within 7 to 10 business days.
Step 2 – For our sample we are going to do the search through the most popular method by name. As you can see above, just type in the LLC you are searching for and click ‘search now’ or hit enter on your keyboard.
For our sample search we are going to be searching the term ‘florida’.
Florida LLC Search Results
Step 3 – You can see that such a broad search as ‘florida’ would bring up many results. This at least gives you an idea of how the results are laid out with a preview of the LLC’s document number and active or inactive status.
We are going to click on the 1st LLC which is titled ‘THE FLORIDA COMPANY LLC’.
Florida LLC Details
Step 4 – As you can see from the image above, the LLC Entity Page has all public information listed with the Secretary of State including but not limited to: Document Number, EIN Number, Incorporation Date, Principal Address, Mailing Address, Registered Agent Name and Address, Member(s) (Owner(s)), and all filings.
How to Create an LLC in Florida
Step 1 – Download or fill out online one of the Articles of Organization forms below:
Domestic – Download – File Online – For all residents of Florida who wish to setup an LLC. Most popular.
Foreign – Download – File Online – For LLC’s that are located in another State but wish to operate in Florida.
Step 2 – If you are seeking a bank account after incorporation, you will need to apply for an EIN number. This registers your entity with the IRS and no bank account can be opened unless this has been completed.