Orlando, FL asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Florida

Q: When filing for an LLC is there a way to keep legal name private from public record?

I will be working under and doing business under a pen name and would like to keep my legal name as private as possible (I know there are limits to this) to separate this business from personal life. When filing for an LLC I understand that you can protect your address with a registered agent but what about legal name?

2 Lawyer Answers
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Answered
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: For your information:

1. The Florida Division of Corporations is not a law enforcement agency.

2. All they do is receive and examine all corporate filings for completeness and take payments for filing fees from whoever is filing the forms.

3. Filing false information on any official state document is perjury punishable in accordance with Florida law.

4. Having said that, there is a legal way for people to prevent the disclosure of their personal identification.

5. Most experienced Florida Business lawyers should be able to help you. Search for one here on AVVO.

Jane Kim
Jane Kim
Answered
  • Naples, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You can use series LLC, which would have to be registered in another state (FL does not have such a thing), then you register a business in FL. If you only register in FL, your name will have to be listed as an officer, but in other states it is not the same requirement.

Good luck.

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