Florida Corporation Formation

Each state has different requirements for forming a corporation. Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you’ll want to understand state requirements for Florida incorporation.

Cost to incorporate in Florida

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form a Florida corporation. View our pricing to incorporate as a C corporation or S corporation to plainly see:

  • BizFilings’ package prices. BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
  • State fee for standard turn-around. Our pricing clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in Florida with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • 24-hour turn-around. Florida has a 24-hour filing option, which is outlined in our pricing.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Incorporation.

Incorporate in Florida

Florida corporate name

The corporation's name must contain the word "Corporation," "Company," Incorporated" or an abbreviation thereof. It may not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for purposes other than that permitted by Florida law or the Articles of Incorporation. The name must be such as will distinguish it from another corporation formed in the state. Words such as "Bank," "Bancorp," "Mortgage" and "Loan" require approval from the Department of Financial Regulation.

Director information

The following are Florida’s requirements for directors of corporations:

  • Minimum number. Corporations must have one or more directors.
  • Residence requirements. Florida does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.
  • Age requirements. Directors must be at least 18 years old.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Incorporation. Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Requirements for the Articles of Incorporation

The document required to form a corporation in Florida is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Florida's requirements include:

  • Officers. Officer names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
  • Stock. Authorized shares and par value must be listed in the Articles of Incorporation. An increase in the number of shares or par value does not affect initial filing fees.
  • Registered agent. Corporations must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Florida. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
Florida Registered Agent Service

Professional services businesses

Florida allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians to form a professional association (PA).

Additional Florida information

View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in Florida:

State Guides

The state in which you form your company can provide certain benefits.

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Guide to Incorporation

Learn what to expect when you're incorporating.