Foreign Qualification Florida


In this section we'll explain the requirements, where to file, and fees regarding a Florida foreign qualification.

Filing Requirements

If you've incorporated your company in any state other than Florida (state motto: In God We Trust) and you wish to "conduct business" in Florida, you'll need to "foreign qualify" your company.

A Florida form called "Application for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida" needs to be completed. There is a form for LLCs and a different form for corporations. The State of Florida requires the following pieces of information:

  • Full company name
  • Alternate name in Florida (if applicable)
  • Federal Employer Identification Number (aka EIN)
  • Names and address of officers and directors or members and managers
  • State (or country) of Incorporation or Formation
  • Date of formation in state of incorporation
  • Date first transacted business in Florida
  • Street address of principal office
  • Nature of business in Florida
  • A designated commercial registered agent for service of process (can be either a corporation or natural person)
  • Street address (including county) of agent for service of process (PO Box is NOT acceptable)
  • The effective date
  • Signature and title of the authorized person

Documents to file

  • Application for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida
  • Current Certificate of Existence from state of incorporation (no more than 90 days old)

Where to file

The completed form can be filed by mail or in person:

Division of Corporations
Registration Section
P.O. Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314

Division of Corporations
Registration Section
Clifton Building
2661 Executive Center Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32301


State of Florida phone number is 850-488-2221. Their website is https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/

Fees & Costs

The State of Florida has a filing fee of $125 for foreign LLCs and $70 for foreign corporations.   Make checks payable to: Florida Department of State. Accepted payment types:

  • Check
  • Money order


We hope you found this page beneficial regarding an out of state LLC or corporation doing business in the State of Florida. For a small processing fee plus state fees, you can have one of our expert Incorporation Specialists "foreign qualify" your company in Florida. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-423-2993 or 302-996-5819. Thank you for your interest in Foreign Qualification in Florida.


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