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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fictitious Name Requirements for Businesses in Florida

In Florida, if you're doing business under a name other than that registered with the state of Florida, then you need to file for a fictitious name.  The fictitious name requirement is meant to give notice to those that you're doing business with that your formal corporate name is something other than the name you're holding yourself out as. 

If your business is not incorporated and you are an individual doing business under a name that is not registered with the state, you will likely need to file a fictitious name registration. This requirement is necessary for transacting business properly, and there are exceptions only for a select few types of businesses. The exceptions include; 

  • When the applicant is a licensed attorney forming a business for the practice of law in the State of Florida.
  • When the applicant is registered with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and their licensing board has not imposed requirements for the registration as a fictitious name.
  • When the applicant is a corporation, partnership or other legal entity filed or registered and in good standing with the Division of Corporations and is not transacting business under any other name.
  • When the applicant is a Federally chartered corporation and is not transacting business under any other name.

Check out this link for more info on fictitious names in Florida. 

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