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 Secretary of State, such as the name and address of the registered agent and principal office address.
What is Needed to File a Georgia Annual Registration
The report asks for information such as:
- Legal 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 street address (P.O. Boxes are not allowed) of the Registered Agent
Annual Registration Cost
The cost of the Annual Registration filing for a Corporation and LLC is $50 online and $60 if mailing in a paper form.
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 LLC or Corporation was formed December 1, 2020, the first Annual Report will be due by April 1 2021.
The 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.
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 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