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State-By-State Initial Compliance - Florida

Initial Filings for Florida Nonprofit Organizations

For a general discussion on starting a nonprofit organization, please refer to our article, Starting a Nonprofit Organization.

To view annual filing requirements for Florida nonprofit organizations, refer to our annual filings

  1. To Incorporate in Florida

    Submit Articles of Incorporation to:

    Department of State
    Division of Corporations
    PO Box 6327
    Tallahassee, FL 32314
    Non-Profit Info.: (850) 245-6052
    Web Site:
    Filing Fee: $35
    Designation of Registered Agent Fee: $35
    Note: The Articles of Incorporation may be filed online here.
  2. To Obtain 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status

    Submit Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption to:

    Note new address:
    Internal Revenue Service
    P.O. Box 12192
    Covington, KY 41012-0192
    Information: (800) 829-1040
    Forms: (800) 829-3676
    Web Site:
    Filing Fee: $850 ($400 if revenues less than $10,000/year)

    For more information on filing fees, see the IRS website.
  3. To Obtain Florida Sales Tax Exemption

    Submit Form DR-5, Application for Consumer's Certificate of Exemption, with a copy of the IRS 501(c)(3) Determination Letter to:

    Account Management/Exemptions
    Florida Department of Revenue
    PO Box 6480
    Tallahassee, FL 32314-6480
    Phone: (800) 352-3671
    Web Site:
    Filing Fee: $0
    Note: Additional documents may be required with the filing, depending upon the type of non-profit organization seeking exemption. Refer to the DR-5 instruction booklet for details.
  4. To Register with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

    Submit Form DACS-10100, Registration Application, prior to engaging in solicitation to:

    Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
    PO Box 6700
    Tallahassee, FL 32314-6700
    Information: (800) 435-7352 (in Florida only)
    Altnerate Phone: (904) 410-3800
    Web Site:
    Filing Fee: $10-400 (depending on amount of contributions received during the preceding fiscal year)
    Note: Some organizations are eligible to file the Exempt Charitable Organizations/Sponsors Application instead with no filing fee. See the Division of Consumer Services' website for details.

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