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Registered Agents and Your Georgia LLC

Your Georgia LLC needs to have a “Registered Agent.” They’re chosen by you and can accept legal notices and other correspondence for your Georgia Limited Liability Company (LLC) on your behalf. There are a couple of rules on choosing registered agents:

  • If you choose a person, they must reside in Georgia
  • If you choose a business, they must be able to conduct business in Georgia

Here at Incfile we provide comprehensive registered agent services and it’s free for the first year when you incorporate through us.

Our registered agent service includes a dashboard where you can review documents received, automatic notification of correspondence and free forwarding of all documentation.

Georgia Registered Agents and What They Might Deal With

Your Georgia Registered Agent may receive, on behalf of your LLC:

  • Correspondence from the Georgia Secretary of State
  • Service of process notices, for example if your Georgia LLC is sued or required to appear in court
  • Official state and federal government correspondence and notifications
  • Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports

If your business doesn’t have a street address in Georgia, you still need an agent to accept important documents. The name and address of your registered agent should be provided to the Georgia Secretary of State.

A registered agent might also be known as a “Corporate Agent,” "Resident Agent," “Agent for Service of Process” or "Statutory Agent."

Acting As Your Own Georgia LLC Registered Agent

If you permanently reside in the state of Georgia, you can choose to be your own Registered Agent, however you may decide not to be, for several reasons:

  • It’s important to have someone available to receive important documents for your business. If you’re not always around, consider using a third-party service like Incfile.
  • The registered agent’s name and address is part of the public record and available through the Georgia Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address isn’t published, you might choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your business address, you don’t need to file additional documentation with the Georgia Secretary of State for the new address of your Registered Agent.

Issues for Not Having a Registered Agent for Your Georgia LLC

There can be significant issues if you fail to provide a Registered Agent, these include:

  • If your business is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgement in your absence.
  • Georgia LLCs need to file certain documents with the secretary of state. If you don’t meet your deadlines you could face fines and penalties.
  • A Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your LLC may be dissolved.

Incfile Will Provide a Registered Agent for Georgia on Behalf of Your LLC

Here at Incfile, we have an expert Registered Agent service. We provide the first year of this service completely for free if you choose to form your LLC with us. After the first year, it’s only $119 for subsequent years — a small price for your peace of mind. Here’s what our service provides:

  • An always available Registered Agent service that can receive correspondence, documents, and legal proceedings on your behalf
  • A digital dashboard where you can access, store, and retrieve any information we’ve received for your business
  • Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business
  • Automatic forwarding of all correspondence, documentation, and information directly to you

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Georgia?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$100 15 Business Days 2 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date: April 1st

Filing Fee: $50

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