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Department of State

Corporations

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
  • 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.
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.

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.
Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions
PROGRAM: CORPORATIONS
COMMERCIAL RECORDINGS AND REGISTRATIONS
12,852,248
102.00
TOTAL
12,852,248
102.00

Updates

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?

Other Reports

Operational Audit Division of Corporations, Florida Auditor General Report No. 2017-195, March 2017.

Websites of Interest
Division of Corporations, Sunbiz
Division of Corporations, Filing Fee Schedules
Division of Corporations, Yearly Statistics
Performance Information


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

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?

Brenda Vorisek, Division Director, 850-245-6000 email:  brenda.vorisek@dos.myflorida.com

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