What is the purpose of the division?
The Division of Corporations maintains a central location for recording and retrieving all commercial information and related documentation available for direct public access. This central repository and distribution center of commercial recordings and transactions is designed to simplify, clarify, and modernize the law governing commercial transactions and business entity creations; permit the continued expansion of commercial practices through custom usage and agreement of the parties; furnish public information on commercial activities; and make uniform the law among the various jurisdictions.
What information is available from the division?
The Division of Corporations collects, maintains, and makes available to the public all information related to business entities and certain information related to sole proprietorships operating in Florida and certain financial transactions that take place in the state. This information includes
All business entity documents and commercial registrations received and filed by the division are public records. The division makes this information available to the public via the website, mail, and walk-in requests. As a ministerial filing agency, the division is not authorized by law to verify the accuracy of information submitted by business entities and individuals. The division staff must generally accept and process the documents that meet statutory requirements and are accompanied by the proper fee. The division also is responsible for the certification and authentication of these records domestically and internationally.
- filings of corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships;
- declarations of trust;
- certain specified cooperative associations;
- notary commissions;
- cable franchises;
- trademarks and service marks;
- Uniform Commercial Code financing statements;
- federal liens, judgment liens; and
- fictitiousname registrations.
How is the division organized?
There currently are two bureaus within the Division of Corporations: 1) Commercial Recordings and 2) Commercial Information Services. The bureaus provide filing and informational services, including formalizing the legal standing of a business or activity by accepting and indexing the filing or registration and supplying information and certification regarding the filings and activities of record.
How many business entity filings does the division receive each year?
In calendar year 2019, the division received 538,810 business entity filings.
|Business Entity Filings for Calendar Year 2019 |
|Entity Type ||New Documents Filed |
|Domestic and Foreign Limited Liability Companies ||323,257 |
|Domestic Profit Corporations ||95,771 |
|Fictitious Name Registrations ||98,672 |
|Domestic Non-Profit Corporations ||13,248 |
|Foreign Profit and Non-Profit Corporations ||5,766 |
|Trademarks/Service Marks ||1,421 |
|General and Limited Partnerships ||510 |
|Alien Business Organization/Designations of Agent ||104 |
|Declarations of Trust ||61 |
|Total ||538,810 |
|Source: Division of Corporations, Yearly Statistics. || |
How are these activities funded?
Revenues collected by the division come from fees for filings, registrations, certifications/authentications, substitute service of process, and document copy services provided by the division. All revenues are deposited in the General Revenue Fund.
Remote Online Notaries Public. Effective January 1, 2020, the Department of State launched the State of Florida’s new Remote Online Notary application and commission process. Pursuant to Part II of Ch. 117, Florida Statutes, Florida notaries public, civil law notaries and Commissioners of Deeds may apply to the Division of Corporations to provide electronic notarization services in the state of Florida.
Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?
A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website
Where can I get more information?
What are the applicable statutes?
Chapters 15, 48, 55, 83, 110, 113, 117, 118, 119, 425, 495, 540, 605, 606, 607, 609, 610, 617, 618, 619, 620, 621, 622, 671, 679, 713, and 865, Florida Statutes.
Whom do I contact for help?