How to Form an LLC in Georgia – GA Secretary of State

The Georgia Articles of Organization is presented through the Transmittal Information Form Georgia Limited Liability Company (Form 231). This template form will allow domestic entities to form and register as a Limited Liability Company in the State of Georgia. A foreign Limited Liability Company will need to submit a Georgia Application for Certificate of Authority For Foreign Limited Liability Company as it will need to gain a Certificate of Authority to operate as a Limited Liability Company in the State of Georgia. Both will carry their own filing fees. The Transmittal Information Form Georgia Limited Liability Company (Form 231) will require a Filing Fee Payment of $100.00 while the Application for Certificate of Authority For Foreign Limited Liability Company will require a payment of $225.00. In either case, the normal processing time for such paper work is generally between 5-10 Business Days though this will vary depending upon the office workload at the time. Expediting is available for an additional fee upon request. You may have the filing Expedited to 1 Hour Service for an additional payment of $1,000.00. Same Day Expedited Service is available for an additional $250.00 while Two Business Day Expedited Service is available for an additional $100.00.


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Form a Domestic LLC in Georgia – Transmittal Information Form Georgia Limited Liability Company (Form 231)

Form a Domestic LLC in Georgia – Transmittal Information Form Georgia Limited Liability Company (Form 231)

The Transmittal Information Form Georgia Limited Liability Company (Form 231) is used by the Georgia Secretary of State Corporations Division to gather the basic necessary information that all Limited Liability Companies must report to form and register in the State of Georgia. This information will serve to Identify the filing entity and solidify various facts. […]

Form a Foreign LLC in Georgia – Georgia Application for Certificate of Authority For Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form 241)

Form a Foreign LLC in Georgia – Georgia Application for Certificate of Authority For Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form 241)

The Georgia Application for Certificate of Authority For Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form 241) is an application that must be submitted to and approved by the Georgia Secretary of State Corporations Division before a Limited Liability Company, formed in another state or country, may legally operate in the State of Georgia. This application will need […]

How to Form

Step 1 – Choose a Name for the Limited Liability Company being formed and registered in the State of Georgia. This should be a distinguishable Name on the record books in that no other entity bears it or bears a name too similar. A search tool is available on the Georgia Secretary of State website (https://cgov.sos.state.ga.us). Additionally, every Limited Liability Company must have an appropriate suffix following the Name (i.e. “Limited Liability Company” or an acceptable abbreviation). Another option provided is to Reserve the Name by submitting a completed Name Reservation Request (Filing Fee: $25.00). Foreign Limited Liability Companies seeking to do business in Georgia will need to assume an Alternate Name if the one they operate under may not be used in this state.

Step 2 – An important step that must be taken is obtaining a Registered Agent. This party must maintain an Address in the State of Georgia and consent to receiving court generated documents, such as Service of Process, on behalf of the Limited Liability Company they have an agreement with. Every Limited Liability Company in the State of Georgia must maintain a Georgia Registered Agent with a Registered Office.

Step 3 – When all the paperwork has been organized, an Authorized Representative of the forming Limited Liability Company must file a Transmittal Information Form Georgia Limited Liability Company (Form 231) with the Georgia Secretary of State. Foreign Limited Liaibility Companies will need to submit a Georgia Application for Certificate of Authority For Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form 241). Either may be submitted by mail or online. The Filing Fee Transmittal Information Form Georgia Limited Liability Company (Form 231) is $100.00 while the Filing Fee for the Georgia Application for Certificate of Authority For Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form 241) is $225.00. It should be noted that if filing online you must pay the applicable fees by credit card (American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa) and must have an Ecorp Account. If filing by mail, all fees must be paid for with a check, money order, or cashiers check payable to “Secretary of State.”

File Online:

https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov

Mail To:

Office of the Secretary of State
Corporations Division
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE
Suite 313 West Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

After Formation

Structure: The Georgia Secretary of State will not require a filing of the Operational Agreement set forth to regulate such areas as the rights and limitations of Members or Managers. This is typically done during Organizational Meetings. It is highly recommeneded to have an Organizational Meeting to determine and document such issues.

EIN: Contact the Internal Revenue Service to see if the Limited Liability Company that has formed requires an Entity Identification Number.

Taxes: Contact the Georgia Department of Revenue to make sure the newly formed Limited Liability Company is (and remains) in compliance.

Registration: An Annual Registration must be filed ever year between January 1 and April 1. The first Annual Registration must be submitted during the year following formation. This should be done online here: http://www.
sos.ga.gov/Corporations

 

Contact

Address:

Office of the Secretary of State
Corporations Division
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE
Suite 313 West Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: 404.656.2817
Website: sos.georgia.gov/corporations

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