What is a Georgia Annual Registration
One of the requirements of maintaining an LLC or corporation in Georgia is filing an Annual Registration, which is commonly known in many states as an Annual Report. The Annual Registration is used to confirm and update the company’s information, each with the Georgia Secretary of State, such as the name and address of the registered agent and principal office address.
Related: How to form an LLC in Georgia
Who Needs to File an Annual Report?
Domestic and foreign corporations and LLCs are required to file an annual report each year after the year the company was formed.
What is Needed to File a Georgia Annual Registration
You have the option of filing the Annual Registration online through the Georgia Secretary of State’s website or by mail.
The report asks for information such as:
- Legal business name of the entity
- The entity’s Secretary of State Control Number. You can find your Control Number by doing a name search on the Georgia Secretary of State Business Database.
- Name, Title, and Address of the Principals
- Name and physical address (P.O. Boxes are not allowed) of the Registered Agent
How to File the Annual Registration
The annual registration can be filed online at https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/ or by mail.
Georgia Annual Registration Fee
The Annual Registration filing fee for a Corporation and LLC is $50 online and $60 if mailing in a paper form.
Annual Registration Due Date
The Annual Report is due by April 1st each year and can be made as early as January 1st.
The first annual report isn’t due until the year following formation. For example, if your Georgia LLC or Corporation was formed December 1, 2021, the deadline for the first Annual Report will be April 1, 2022.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s office sends a reminder in January. Even though a reminder is sent, it’s important to make an additional reminder for yourself should you not receive it.
Annual Report Filing ServiceIf you would rather use a service that guarantees the annual report is filed on-time, check out the annual report filing service through Northwest.
My business made little or no money. Do I still have to file the Annual Registration?
Even if your Corporation or LLC received no income or had no business activity, the Annual Registration is still required to be filed.
What happens if you don’t file the Annual Registration on time?
If the Annual Report is not filed by April 1st, a late fee penalty of $25 will be assessed.
If the Annual Report is not filed within 60 days, the entity will lose its status of good standing and will be administratively dissolved by the state. If the entity were to continue operating while dissolved, the owners may be held personally liable should the LLC or corporation be sued.
Georgia Secretary of State Contact Information
The contact information for the Secretary of State is:
Georgia Secretary of State
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE
Suite 313, West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone Number: (404)-656-2817