There are several statutes under which you may make substituted service on the Florida Secretary of State for an individual or for a business entity. However, service may not be made on the Secretary of State for a corporation with a valid and available Registered Agent.
When serving Process on the Secretary of State, they request that you provide the following:
Original Summons or an E-filed Summons to be Executed as an Original Summons
2 Service Copies of Summons
2 Copies of Every Piece of Paper to be Served (Complaint, Exhibits, Discovery etc.) - "the Process"
An $8.75 check payable to "Florida Department of State," pursuant to F.S. §48.161 is required.
Do not put the name of the person holding the office of Secretary of State on any document. The process should be directed as follows:
To: Name of Entity or Individual
By Serving: Florida Secretary of State
Pursuant to F.S.§48.161 & §__________
2661 Executive Center Circle, W.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
The Secretary of State's office will send process back to you, without acceptance, if you fail to state the statute number for service or do not include their check. Read paragraphs 161 - 19 in Chapter 48, Florida Statutes to determine the proper statute.
Unlike some states, process for corporations cannot be simply served on the Florida Secretary of State. This is only permitted if no agent can be found for service. If you have made no previous attempts to serve the corporation, check the Department of State, Division of Corporation's website to see if a registered agent exists. Here, you can search for information on Corporations, Limited Liability Companies Sole-Proprietorships, Fictitious Names, Limited Liability & General Partnerships, as well as UCC & Federal Lien Registrations.
(← Give Statute Number here for Reason of Service)