If you are an entrepreneur establishing a new for-profit corporation in Florida, you must file Articles of Incorporation with the Florida Secretary of State’s Office, Division of Corporations. Remember, a corporation is a legal entity, and yours will not achieve this status until the Division of Corporations receives and processes your Articles. 

As the Division of Corporations explains, your Articles must include specific information, some of it mandatory and other items optional. 

Mandatory information 

You must provide the following information in your Articles: 

  • Your corporation’s name, which must include the word Corporation, Incorporated, Company, Corp., Inc. or Co. 
  • Your corporation’s principal street address where it will do business 
  • Your corporation’s mailing address if you wish to receive mail at an address different from the principal street address 
  • The name and street address of your corporation’s registered agent 
  • The names and street addresses of your corporation’s officers and/or directors 
  • The number of shares of stock your corporation can authorize, which must be at least one 

You must also specify the date on which you wish your corporation to become legal if that date is different from the date on which the Division of Corporation receives and processes your Articles. In addition, you must list your corporation’s specific professional purpose if you are establishing a Professional Association. You must also provide an email address for your corporation, although this can be your own personal email address or any other valid email address. 

Optional information 

Should you wish your corporation to become legal on a date other than the one on which the Division of Corporation receives and processes your Articles, you can specify that date. You can choose any date that lies between five business days before and 90 days after the Division of Corporations will receive your Articles. 

If you wish to receive a certificate of status for your corporation, you can request one by enclosing a separate fee in addition to your filing fee. You can likewise request a file-stamped certified copy of your Articles by enclosing a further additional fee. 

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.