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Corporation Filing Improvements Coming
In January 2013, the Secretary of State's Corporations Division implemented a new online filing system for corporate registrations. The new system, called cGov, created a much more stable environment for registering business entities in the Georgia. The system, chosen for its record of success in other states, provides many benefits and widens the range of services available for users.
The old system provided easy access to data and featured a simple interface, but it had exceeded its capacity and was no longer secure. During the 2012 annual renewal period, the system experienced six days of downtime, which accelerated the timeframe for replacement.
When the new system went online in January, users experienced some technical issues and weren't used to the new site. As a result, Secretary of State Brian Kemp extended the Annual Registration deadline 60 days, from April 1 to May 31. Most technical issues were resolved early in 2013, but staff are still identifying and resolving some isolated issues.
Currently, millions of historical records are being migrated to the new system. This process is expected to be complete in July. Once the migration is complete, staff will be implementing additional enhancements and fixes based on user feedback.
The Office of the Secretary of State is committed to serve Georgians and the business community in the most efficient manner possible. We want to make Georgia the most business-friendly state in the country and remove as much red tape as possible. If you have any suggestions on how to improve the site, please contact our office.
About the Author
Cody Whitlock has worked for the Secretary of State’s Office since December 2012. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in political science.