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Florida Department of State Division of Corporations (SunBiz)

  • Address: Department of State, Division of Corporations, Corporate Filings, P.O. Box 6327, Tallahassee, FL 32314
  • Telephone: 1(850) 245-6052
  • Website: www.sunbiz.org
  • E-Mail: corphelp@dos.state.fl.us

Lookup a Business Entity

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Florida Secretary of State – FL SOS Business Search

1. Start

In order to search business entities in Florida, you must go to the SunBiz Secretary of State’s Website.

Once on the page, you have the option to lookup an entity (Corporation, LLC, Limited Partnership) by; Name, Officer, Registered Agent, Tax (EIN) Number, or Document Number. *Click Here to lookup a Partnership.

The most popular way to find an entity is by using the BY NAME option. There are thousands of corporations listed with the Florida Secretary of State so be sure use as detailed as possible in your query. After making your selection, you will see the results page which will list all the returned matches (As Seen Below).

2. Choose Your Entity

As you can see on the results page, you will be able to view a preview of the corporation’s Name, Document Number, and it’s Status with the Secretary of State.

In order to view more information about the entity you will want to click on the name in the blue text link and you will brought to the Details Page (See Below).

3. Retrieve Information

On this page you will be able to view any and all information provided by the Florida Secretary of State including but not limited to the Entity’s: Name, Type, Document Number, EIN Number, Date of Formation, State of Incorporation, Latest Filing, Date of Latest Filing, Principal Address, Mailing Address, Registered Agent (Name and Address), Officers, Directors, Annual Reports, and Images of Previous Filings.

4. Steps to form your new Corporation

  • Business name availability search (above)
  • Internet domain availability search for website and email.
  • Choose your entity type (LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, Partnership or Non Profit Org)
  • Obtain IRS EIN Number (employer identification number). Create New IRS EIN Number
  • Create Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws that include describing the business purpose of the entity, naming the registered agent, directors, registered address, operating guidelines, dissolution provisions, and other information.
  • Determine if the new entity requires any federal, state or local business licenses.
  • Determine payroll tax requirements.
  • Determine federal, state and local tax filing requirements.
  • Establish the business physical and/or mailing address, phone number, voicemail, website, email address and business cards.