Registering a Business Name in Florida

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In the state of Florida, registering a business name is a necessary step in order to legally conduct business. If you are considering starting a business in Florida, you should be aware of the proper steps for registering your business name. This article will provide you with an overview of the process for registering a business name in Florida.

Starting a business is an exciting yet daunting process. From finding the correct name to registering with the relevant authorities, there are many steps required to make sure everything is done correctly and legally. 

The exact steps to register a business name in Florida will depend on the type of business you are registering and the county in which your business is located. In general, however, the steps outlined below will cover most of the process.

One of the initial steps necessary is selecting and registering a business name in Florida so that you reserve a name for your company. 

How to Register a Business Name in Florida

First you need to choose a unique business name that is not already in use by another business in Florida. 

The best place to start your business name search is by using the Florida Corporations Name Search tool provided by the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. 

This tool allows you to check if the desired name is available for use or if it has already been taken by another business. 

This search will provide you with a list of available business names in the state of Florida. If the business name you choose is not available, you will need to choose a different one.

Next, choose the type of business structure that best fits your needs. Common business structures in Florida include sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), and corporation.

Once you have chosen an available business name, you will need to file a Business Registration application with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations

Filing a Florida Fictitious Name Registration Form

A Fictitious Name Registration, also known as a DBA (short for “doing business as”) or a trade name, is a way for a business to operate under a name that is different from its legal name. This is often done by sole proprietors or small businesses who want to use a name that is more brandable or memorable than their legal name.

For example, if your legal name is John Smith and you own a small bakery, you might register a fictitious name such as “Sugar and Spice Bakery” to use as the name of your business. This allows you to use the name “Sugar and Spice Bakery” on your business cards, website, signage, and other marketing materials, even though your legal name is not the same as your business name.

So, it’s basically the application where you insert the name you will be doing business as in Florida if you do not intend to open a limited liability company.

This application must include the proposed business name, address, and contact information for the owner(s). You will also need to provide a $50 filing fee along with your application.

Filing a limited liability company Application

To register an LLC in Florida, you would need to file a limited liability company (LLC) application with the Florida Department of State. The application can be filed online through the Department’s website or in person at one of the Department’s offices.

The application will require you to provide information about your LLC. This form must be filled out accurately and all necessary information provided. For an LLC, this includes 

  • the name of the business, 
  • address, 
  • registered agent’s name, 
  • purpose for forming the company, 
  • type of management structure (manager or member-managed), and 
  • who will serve as initial members or managers. 

You will also need to pay a filing fee, which varies depending on the type of LLC you are registering and the number of members it has. Once your application is approved and your LLC is registered, you will be able to conduct business in Florida under the LLC’s name.

In order to complete the filing process, you will need to submit your application to the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. This can typically be done online through the division’s website. 

Your application will be reviewed and either approved or denied within a few business days. 

If your application is approved, you will receive a Certificate of Registration in the mail within a few weeks.

Once you have received your Certificate of Registration, you will need to take additional steps in order to complete the registration process. These steps include publishing a notice of the registration in a local newspaper and filing a Notice of Commencement with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations.

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Other Permits from Florida State Counties

Apart from the registration forms filed with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations, which I mentioned above, additional forms may need to be filed in order to obtain permits and licenses for your new business in Florida.

You can obtain any necessary licenses or permits for your Florida registered company from the county or city where your business is located. 

These may include a business tax receipt, occupational license, or zoning permit, among others.

  • Register for state and federal taxes,
  • Obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS.
  • Setting up a business bank account and
  • Applying for any necessary business insurance policies. If you are hiring employees, register with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to obtain workers’ compensation insurance and unemployment insurance.

It is important to note that these steps are general in nature and may vary depending on the specific details of your business. It is recommended to consult with a business attorney or tax professional for specific guidance on registering a business in Florida.

Registering Your Florida Business with Federal Authorities

In addition to registering with the state government, entrepreneurs starting a business in Florida also need to register with federal authorities and obtain relevant identification numbers from organizations such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and filing the necessary forms for taxes. 

Once you have registered your business with the relevant authorities, it’s important to make sure that all of your paperwork is in order and up-to-date. 

Make sure you keep track of any changes to the company such as opening a new office or changing management structures, as these will require additional documents to be filed with the government. 

Additionally, it’s also important to remember that state laws may change over time and it’s important to keep up-to-date on any new regulations that could affect your business. 

Conclusion on Registering a Business Name in Florida 

The process for registering a business name in Florida is relatively straightforward. However, it is important to understand the process and complete all of the necessary steps in order to legally conduct business in the state. 

Start by using the Florida Corporations Name Search to check that your desired name is available and then register with both state and federal authorities. 

Finally, take note of any changes in regulations or laws that could affect your business and keep all paperwork up-to-date so you can be sure your business will remain compliant with all rules and regulations. 

By following the steps outlined in this article, you should be on your way to registering your business in the state of Florida and start building your empire.


This article was written to provide information on How to Register a Business Name in Florida, It should not be used as legal advice or substitute for professional consultation. If you have any questions on registering a business name in Florida, be it an Llc registration, or Florida corporations name search, it is best to consult with a qualified professional.  The information provided within this article should not be interpreted as legal advice and readers are strongly encouraged to seek the services of an attorney.  


I am a branding and naming consultant with 16 years of experience. I believe in building a strong brand name that identifies your visions and that of your business. A brand identity motivates you and your team to achieve success.