LLC Renewal Florida: Everything You Need to Know
LLC renewal Florida procedures need to be done to maintain or reinstate your Florida LLC. This is an annual process and may be done online.3 min read
LLC renewal Florida procedures need to be done to maintain or reinstate your Florida LLC. This is an annual process and may be done online.
How to File Your Renewal
The first step in renewing your Florida LLC is to go over the instructions for filing the article of organization on the Florida Department of State website. It will require you to enter various pieces of information, so you should get them together before you begin. If you want to send it by mail, you'll need to print it, sign it, and send it in with a check or money order. You can also sign it online by typing in the signature block, then pay with a credit card.
If you choose to pay by credit card, you must fill out the application online. A confirmation letter with all of the relevant information on your LLC and date of filing will be sent. If you choose to purchase the certificate of status or a certified copy at the time of filing, that will be mailed to you as well at the email address that you provided. This confirmation will be sent as soon as the Division of Corporations reviews and approves your filing.
You can expect to receive your confirmation of approval within two to three business days of filing your articles of organization if you file online with a credit card. This may be longer during peak periods. If you have paid with a money order or check, it may take three to five business days or longer. When your articles of organization have been posted after processing, you may download a copy of the report free of charge from Sunbiz.
Your document will be examined by the Division of Corporations to ensure you have met the minimum requirements for filing. If you fail to meet one or more of the requirements, you will receive a rejection notice. You can correct a filing that has been rejected by entering your tracking number and personal identification number in the correct form for the articles of organization.
Annual reports must be filed to maintain your LLC status. This form confirms the information the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations has on file for your business. In this form you can:
- Make changes to the addresses of LLC members.
- Add, delete, or change the information of the officers, directors, or managers.
- Change the registered agent or the address of their office.
- Change the business' mailing address or the address of its principal office.
- Change the federal employer identification number.
You can not, however, change the name of your business on the annual report. If you need to change the name, you must download and submit the amendment form, which is available on the department of state website. This form, called the articles of amendment, must be filed by USPS mail, not online. Mail it to the Division of Corporations along with the required payment.
On the annual report, you must list the business address and mailing address, which are allowed to be the same. These addresses don't need to be in Florida. You can also use a P.O. box for your mailing address.
To file your annual report, you will need a federal employer identification number (EIN). This is a nine-digit number that the IRS assigns to business entities. If you do not have one, you have a choice: check either the “applied for” or “not applicable” box. The box may already include the words “applied for,” in which case you cannot file an annual report and must contact the IRS to obtain your EIN.
Your annual report will also include information on the registered agent. This is either a business or an individual who has been appointed to receive official correspondence and accept service of process on your LLC's behalf. LLCs may not serve as their own registered agents, but an individual who is affiliated with the company may serve.
You can file the annual report online; review the instructions on the website Sunbiz.org. Fees may be paid by credit card, debit card, or a prepaid account from Sunbiz. You may also submit by USPS mail or courier with a check or money order payable to the Florida Department of State. Annual reports are due between Jan. 1 and May 1. Visit the website for an up-to-date list of all filing fees.
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