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this video provides step-by-step instructions for how to file a limited liability company in the state of florida online search for sunbiz using a search engine or type in dos.myflorida.com backslash sunbiz backslash click on the start a business tab at the top just under the sunbiz.org division of corporations logo and scroll down to limited liability company which is the first option under start e-filing you can click on the blue file or correct florida llc articles of organization button if you are ready or you can scroll down and read the instructions and answers to frequently asked questions under the more information section that section has very helpful information about how to pay how to figure out if your llc's name is already in use how to mail in your application etc if you are unsure if the name of your company is already in use click on the link search records under the more information subsection titled is the llc name already in use this is a good idea to do even if you are sure type the name of your llc in the search field at the top a list of llc's with the exact same name or similar names will pop up if a company already has the exact same name and has an active status that name is already taken and you can't use it if the name is marked enact ua then you have to wait to use that name keep checking back if the llc with your company name is marked inactive or an act their name is available for you to use if you want to keep your name and immediately file but you see a company with your name marked active or ua you can add or subtract something from your llc name to make it slightly different the cost to file is 125 you can add on a certified copy for thirty dollars and a certificate of status for five dollars if you want those items are optional but if you add them it will bring your total to a hundred and sixty dollars if you click on document processing dates you will be able to compare the actual date of when you are looking to file today's date for example and this was 11-121 which was the updated date to the dates of the submissions that the state is currently processing in this case it was processing online new filings of llc's that were submitted on the 27th and 28th so the state was one business day or three calendar days behind our llcs usually took florida one to four days to process okay now you are ready to file click on the blue file or correct florida llc articles of organization button check the box under file articles of organization and click the gray start new filing button fill in an effective date in the fields on the first line i just put the date i filed but you might have a reason to put another date if you want your llc to become effective on a particular date because you want to file your annual report at a particular time so your llc's first annual report is due january 1st of the calendar year following the year of formation if you create your llc late in the calendar year and don't expect to start doing business until on or after january 1st of the upcoming year you should add an effective date of january 1st for the coming year if the effective date is the next calendar year it will delay the requirement to file an annual report until the following calendar year for example if an llc formed on december 1st 2007 puts an effective date of january 1st 2008 the first annual report would not be due until january 1st 2009 i opted to purchase the optional certificate of status and therefore check that box enter the address of your principal place of business this could be your home if you work from home or the physical location of your business it has to be a street address it can't be a p.o box input your llc mailing address it could be your home or the physical location of your business if your business has a mailbox or a po box this is wherever you want to receive mail for your llc if your principal address will be the same as the mailing address check the box for me it was so i checked the box input the name of your registered agent for my llc i input my name title does not mean prefixes such as dr mr ms etc only suffixes such as junior and senior it does not mean a job title either if a business is registering for you input that business name the business registered agent must have a different name from the name of your llc that you are filing you can't fill in both the name and business to serve as registered agent fields under the name and address of registered agents section you have to pick i left the business field blank because i am serving as my own registered agent complete the address fields under the registered agents section this could be the same as the address you filed above or your home address if your business is located in your home and you are the registered agent repeat your home address for this section it can't be a po box i typed my name in the fields in the yellow box next to registered agent signature if a business is your registered agent an individual at that business most likely the one completing the filing will type his or her name here this section has to contain an individual's name not a business name the next box is optional but i chose to type in my llc's organizational mission under the correspondence name and email address i entered my name and personal email address this is because i have not set up a separate email for my business i typed in my name in electronic signature field of the yellow authorized representative box if you have authorized someone else to be a representative and sign and submit for you that person would type his or her name in the box now fill in the name and address under the manager section for each person you have designated as a manager authorized member authorized person or other designated title these are titles of people who can control the company in my llc it's just me so i only input my information it could be you again for this field again ignore the suffix field if you don't have a suffix to your name that's not a job title or prefix field input the address where the managers and authorized person resides repeat as necessary if you have more than one manager authorized member or authorized person it's 25 dollars to add someone on later press the gray continue button on the bottom and review the information if it is correct press the gray continue button you should be taken to a document tracking screen where you should see a document tracking number and a fee there is also a help desk number record the number if you want and press continue you will then be taken to a payment page i paid with a credit card input your credit card and billing information scroll down and press the gray continue button on the center right review your payment take a screenshot if you need to click the great button on the bottom right that says process payment you can save it as a pdf print or both if you want click finish don't worry if you didn't save it as a pdf print or take screenshots you will get email confirmation of your payment and the status of your application including that it was received you
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hi everyone and welcome to my channel my name is Jeanette Carrera and I am the CEO of virtual business tutorials today we will show you the steps of how to register your business in Florida if you liked the video give it a thumbs up if you do not like it please comment down below what didn't you like so that we can address it in future videos don't forget to subscribe and turn on the notifications so you don't miss on my new videos and without further after you let's jump into the action let's start by going to some bistek or here we're gonna select start a business and under a start a filing we are gonna choose profit corporation here we're gonna select file or correct Florida profit Articles of Incorporation and before we go further I would like to let you know that before you file to register your business just make sure that you check the name of your business that it was available to be used so it means that if I wanted my business to be named very tall business tutorials before I registered that name I had to go to the third records and search for that name and make sure that nobody else was using it so after you complete that task you can come up here and start registering your business whenever you are on this webpage just make sure that you go around and you read all the instructions here where you know click I mean we're gonna check to certify that we have read and that we accept the Terms and after that we're gonna click on a start new filing in here we're gonna enter the effective date if you can see there you can whenever you are at the website just click on what is an effective date and it's gonna give you a description of what it is more or less what it says is that the effective day can be five stays prior to the date of submission or up to 90 days after the date of receipt then after that one after you and put the effective date you have the option to shoes for certificate of status and a certified copy both of them cost $8.75 and basically the certificate of the status certifies that the corporation is in good standing for the division as corporation and the certified copied certifies the Articles of Incorporation asked you and correct so let's continue we're gonna put the corporate name in this case virtual business tutorials I took that we're gonna add the corporate stock shares I just put a hundred we're gonna add the principal place of business the address if the mailing address is the same as your principal place of business just check on this box where it says that is same as principal address right after that we're gonna enter who the registered agent is the register agent asked her the division of corporation is the person that will accept service of process on behalf of your of a business entity so just go ahead read the description so that you have a idea of what a register agent is and you know who you should put as a registered agent making a fine then we can place the name of the incorporated in this case the incorporator is the person completing the dis priming with the name aunty address noticing here before we go down the bride up off where is this notice of annual report you need to make note of this because whenever your file or whatever you register for your business the next year we'll be required to file an annual report so read through all this and just make a note so you don't forget so after you have finished recording the incorporator name and address just go ahead and sign right here either you can put a description of the business I mean the corporate purpose or you can just check and it will say any and all lawful business read always and it says do not check this box if a professional association you must list specific purchase below so you have two hundred and forty characters remaining then after that we're gonna fill out for the name and email address and they need an email address because they're gonna be contacting you through the email after we finished writing the email then we're gonna go to the officer and director you're gonna put all the officers and directors if it is only one to spit one if it is more than one go ahead and list everyone after you finish click continue so when you hit continue it will ask you to review everything that you have done review it and then click continue and you're gonna get online filing information right here I highlighted this because it's very important and it is that to allow one to two business days for your document to be examined and filed by the office you should not be applying for the federal employer identification number yet so whenever you get an email from the division of corporations are telling you that your company has been affected then you can go ahead and apply for the FBI and click continue and in this page is the payment page you will be selecting either by the car payment or as some busy file accounting in this case which shows credit card so click on credit card payment or the Samba see file I counterpane it right here just below the information as requested and whenever you are done then click Submit just make sure that if you click Submit and it's just still running just let it run a don't click back because you can create a duplicate payment so just let the system work and after you click Submit then you cannot get your corporate filing payment confirmation there's gonna be a document number save it because you're gonna be using it whenever you apply for the cells tax and unemployment this is it thank you very much for watching
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