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It's Time to Complete Your Annual Business Registration
If you own a business in the state of Georgia, now is the time to make sure you complete your annual registration. The deadline to complete your annual registration for this year is April 1, 2017.
Annual registration begins each calendar year on Jan. 1 and goes through April 1. It’s important to complete your registration each year, not only to be legally compliant, but also to ensure the state has your current mailing address, filing name and management structure.
As long as your registration is current, the process should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.
How to Register
Whether you own an LLC, Corporation (profit, non-profit or professional corporation) or Limited Partnership (LP, LLP, LLLP), you must complete an annual registration with the Secretary of State Office every year your business is in operation.
To register, you’ll visit the Georgia Corporations Division website. Depending on whether you need to make changes to your business information will determine which process you need to select to complete your registration. On the Corporations Division page, you can search for a business, login to your account to complete online services or print a Certificate of Existence. You will need the name of the business or the control number assigned to the business to locate and complete the registration process.
Annual registration can be completed in 1 of 4 ways:
With One-Click Registration, you will not need any login information to file your annual registration. However, this option only allows registration if you do not have any changes to make to your business information and you are current on all of your annual registration fees. Once you complete the process, you will receive an email of your updated registration and a receipt of payment.
This option is similar to One-Click Registration, but with Express Registration, you are allowed to make changes to your business information if necessary. Your updated registration and receipt of payment will be emailed to you once you have completed the process.
Select this option if you prefer to login into your eCorp account. Online Services allows you to make business information changes and also lets you view a history of all of your filings and receipts of payments. When you file through your eCorp account, you will receive a confirmation email with your updated registration and receipt of payment.
Print Annual Registration Form
If you prefer to mail your annual registration you can do so by searching for your business and printing out the annual registration form. You will need to complete the form and mail it, along with your payment, to:
Office of Secretary of State
2 MLK JR. Drive
313 West Tower
Your envelope must be postmarked by April 1 of the current year to avoid a $25 late fee.
What You’ll Need
Before you begin the registration process, make sure you’ve gathered everything you need to make the process easy. To register your LLC, Corporation or Limited Partnership, you will need the following:
- Control number or name of the business;
- Name of the person filing the annual registration;
- Email address;
- Name and address of the registered agent — a physical address in Georgia where an individual can be located in-person;
- Mailing address of the principal office;
- Name and address of each officer like the CEO, CFO or Secretary (if a Corporation); and
- Acceptable form of payment.
Paying Your Fees
Along with filing your annual registration, a fee must be paid to complete the process. Fees differ based on the type of business you are doing in Georgia:
- Corporations, LLCs and LLPs: $50
- Non-profit corporations: $25
- Foreign LLPs: $25
However, if your current stated fees differ from the ones listed above, then you may owe for previous years or for overdue late fees. Be sure to check the amount owed before you submit your payment.
The Georgia Secretary of State accepts the following forms of payment:
- Credit Card — Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover
- Certified Bank Check
- Money Order
Cash is not an accepted form of payment and checks that are returned are subject to an additional $30 fee. If you fail to make your payments, you might be subject to a civil suit or your entity might be administratively dissolved or revoked by the SOS.
If you’re considering starting a business in the State of Georgia, be sure to read and understand everything you will need to apply for a business license. For a step-by-step guide on completing the registration process or answers to other frequently asked questions, check out the eCorp User Guide provided by the SOS.
About the Author
Chelsea Stephens is a Content Specialist for Georgia.gov. A Georgia native herself, Chelsea ensures the content on Georgia.gov provides accurate information to all constituents of Georgia. She graduated with a degree in Marketing and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.