Articles of Organization
The formation of a Georgia LLC means that you have to file articles of organization with the Corporations Division of the Georgia Secretary of State. The new LLC’s articles of organization must list the LLC’s company name, all the organizers’ names and addresses, the LLC registered office’s street address, the LLC’s registered agent’s name, and street address of the LLC’s primary place of business. It can also list other items that are also included in the operating agreement if the members so designate, so long as they don’t conflict with state law. An example of such a provision is setting forth whether authority will be vested in one or more managers, or if the LLC will be member-managed. The filing fee is $100.
Your new LLC is officially deemed as “organized” after one original and one copy of the LLC’s articles of organization are delivered to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office (Corporations Division) with the filing fee, and that office then verifies that the articles are in compliance with state law. The articles must be signed by an organizer if the LLC has not yet been formed, a manager, a member if no organizer or manager has yet been selected.
The organizer is allowed to be any natural person, or it may be a legal or commercial entity. The organizer is not required to be a member of the LLC, but there must be at least one organizer of some type.
The organizer who signs the articles must also list his or her name and title (the office by holding which he or she is entitled to sign it, such as organizer, manager, etc.). The Georgia Secretary of State will certify both copies, but will then retain the original and return a signed copy to the LLC or its authorized representative. The articles of organization are effective as of the time and date they are filed, unless otherwise indicated.