In forming a new business in the State of Georgia, you must be prepared to complete a variety of legal forms and documents. This can be a cumbersome process, especially when you’re anxious to launch your business and get started. At National Registered Agents, Inc., (NRAI) we can assist you by handling your “registered agent” services - one of the many important responsibilities you will have as a new business owner. Registered agents can be individuals or companies you designate to receive important legal documents from the state on your company’s behalf. Every business is required to designate one, along with an official registered office, or physical address, where the agent can be reached during normal business hours. If you move or expand your business to another state, you will need to designate a new registered agent for that state.
NRAI can serve as a third party provider of registered agent services, which entails helping you manage these documents, meet critical deadlines and fulfill all of your regulatory compliance obligations as a new business. Our services are cost effective and ultimately enable our clients to sustain their corporate status and good standing with the state. With a nationwide network of attorneys and service professionals, we can serve you in any state you wish to do business. If you would like to learn more about NRAI’s registered agent services, cal (800) 520-6724 or visit us online: www.registeredagent.com. Through our personalized consultation services, one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives will explain how NRAI can meet the specific needs of your company.
Below you will find information about required steps in starting a business in the State of Georgia.
LLC Formation (Domestic)
All new LLCs must designate a registered agent and registered office. The company name you select may be reserved for a total of 30 days. By law, the name must include the terms, “Limited Liability Company” or “Limited Company,” or the abbreviations, “L.L.C.,” “LLC,” “LC,” or “L.C.” The abbreviation “LTD” or “Ltd.” is permitted when referring to the term “Limited.” The acronym “Co.” may be used for “Company.” Be prepared to pay a $25 filing fee for reserving the name, plus an additional $100 for expedited service. Georgia’s filing requirements include submission of one executed original and one conformed copy of the Articles of Organization, along with an executed original of the official Transmittal Information Form. This must be submitted to the Georgia Secretary of State. Filing the Articles of Organization costs $100. An additional $100 will be charged if you require expedited service.
LLC Registration (Foreign)
If you have an LLC that was organized in another state, but you would like to do business in Georgia, you must also assign a registered agent and registered office. The rules regarding name formation and name reservation are the same as for a domestic LLC. You must submit one executed copy and one original copy of the Application for Certificate Authority. Make sure you include checks to cover the $225 filing fee for the Application for Certificate of Authority, and add an additional $100 if you would like expedited service. Checks should be made payable to the Georgia Secretary of State.
Corporation Formation (Domestic)
As with LLCs, all new corporations must designate a registered agent and registered office. If you’re considering forming a corporation, the company name you select must include one of the following: “Company,” “Incorporated,” “Corporation,” “Limited” or their corresponding abbreviations. You may reserve your company name for 30 days, if you pay a $25 filing fee ($100 if expedited). State filing procedures require submission of two executed copies of the Articles of Incorporation and one executed copy of the Transmittal Information Form for Georgia Profit or Nonprofit Corporations. Publish a “Notice of Intent to Incorporate” in a newspaper where your official registered office is located. Also note that your Initial Annual Registration is due within 90 days of the date of incorporation. The Georgia Corporate Net Worth/Income Tax Return must also be filed by the 15th day of the third month after your company’s incorporation. Be prepared to submit payment for the following fees: a $100 filing fee for the Articles of Incorporation; a $30 fee for the Initial Annual Registration; $40 for the publication of the Notice of Intent to Incorporate in a newspaper where the registered office is located; and a $10 minimum tax filing fee for the Initial Georgia Net Worth/Income Tax Return.
Corporation Registration (Foreign)
The process and rules for selecting a name for foreign corporations are the same as those of a domestic corporation. You must file a Certificate of Existence from the state where your company was incorporated. Also file with the Georgia Secretary of State one executed original and one conformed copy of your completed Application for Certificate of Authority. Finally, the Georgia Corporation Net Worth/Income Tax Return must be filed by the 15th day of the third month after qualification. Be prepared to submit payment for the following fees: $225 for the Application (payable to the Georgia Secretary of State) and a $10 minimum tax on the Initial Georgia Net Worth/Income Tax Return (payable to the Department of Revenue).
NRAI (www.registeredagent.com) serves companies of all kinds in the State of Georgia. In addition to the registered agent and registered office services, NRAI also offers management tools that can help you with your business. Our document library, for example, contains numerous official forms and applications you can access for every state in the country. Our Company Guard® service also notifies clients via e-mail about important filing dates.
If you currently have a registered agent who is not meeting your needs, you can easily change your registered agent to NRAI by sending us the information below: