How to form a Georgia LLC (Limited Liability Company)
Organizing a Georgia LLC
A Georgia limited liability company is formed by filing Articles of Organization and paying the filing fee to Georgia Secretary of State, Corporations Division. Submit the form by mail or online. The filing fee is $100. Georgia recommends filing a name reservation request ahead of the LLC formation; however, it is not required or necessary if you perform a name search on the Division website. File your LLC formation online in Georgia. You will receive your filing confirmation by email within three days. If you would rather file by mail your Articles of Organization to the Georgia Corporations Division, you will need to draft your own as the state no longer offers a form. Include the Transmittal Information form and allow 12 days for the filing to be processed.
A name may be reserved prior to filing. A reservation fee of $25 must accompany the request. The reservation may be made at the Corporations Division web site, http://www.georgiacorporations.org. A number that remains in effect for 30 days will be provided by return e-mail within 24 hours of receipt of the request, and often sooner. Place the number on the Transmittal Form 231 that is filed with the articles of organization. A reservation number may also be obtained by writing to the Division at the address below. Reservations are not available by telephone. Filings are accepted without a name reservation.
Preparation of Articles of Organization
Articles of organization must include the information described in O.C.G.A. 14-11-204. Articles must be submitted on white 8½x11 paper. The articles of organization may be signed by any member of the limited liability company, any manager if management is vested in one or more managers, or by an organizer if the entity has been formed but it has no members or managers. The filing attorney may also sign the articles of organization. The signer should indicate in what capacity he or she is signing.
Filing of Articles of Organization and Data Transmittal Form 231
The original and one copy of the articles of organization, a completed Transmittal Form 231, and the $100.00 filing fee should be mailed to the Corporations Division at the address below. Checks should be made payable to “Secretary of State.” Articles of organization are effective on the date received by the Corporations Division unless a post-effective date is specified therein. A certificate of organization will be mailed to the applicant, usually in five to seven business days. Filings that are not complete will be returned to the applicant along with a notice that describes the deficiency. If corrected and returned within 60 days the initial date of receipt will be the date of formation.
Qualification of a Foreign LLC in Georgia
Register your foreign LLC to do business by filing the Application for Certificate of Authority for LLC with the Georgia Secretary of State, Corporations Division by mail with the $225 filing fee. Online filing is not available for foreign LLCs. Also, no certificate of good standing is required from the home state.
Georgia Secretary of State
Secretary of State
315 West Tower
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30334-1530
2 MLK, Jr. Drive
Georgia LLC Statute: Ga. Code Ann. §§ 14-11-100 to 14-11-1109.
Georgia LLC Fees
Name Reservation: $25
Annual Registration: $50
Articles of Dissolution/Withdrawal: No Fee
Application for Reinstatement: $250
Certificate of Conversion: $95
Available LLC Formation Services in Georgia
LLC Center Publications recommends Northwest Registered Agent LLC to form your Georgia Limited Liability Company.