The authority for incorporating in Georgia is the Corporations Division of the Georgia Secretary of State. This is the government agency responsible for all forms, filings, and record keeping. The Corporations Division also maintains all corporate filings of record.
The types of business structures available are For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and Limited Partnerships.
Foreign and Domestic Corporations
A foreign corporation is a corporation registered in another State that does business in Georgia. Foreign corporations are required to apply for a Certificate of Authority for Foreign Corporation.
Domestic corporations are those formed in Georgia itself. While there is no residency requirement for directors or officers of Georgia corporations, a registered agent (who can also be a corporate officer) must have a physical address in Georgia along with regular business hours. They have to be available to take phone calls and respond to legal matters. Hiring a Registered Agent will protect your privacy and meet the requirements of incorporation in Georgia.
Officers and documents
Corporations in Georgia must have one or more incorporators whose names and addresses will appear in the articles of incorporation. All must be at least 18 years old. The number of shares and the registered agent must be listed.
Corporate officers do not have to appear in the initial filings, but an annual registration form that lists three principal officers must be filed with the Secretary of State. Directors do not have to be share holders in Georgia. Information about officers, stockholders, minutes of required meetings and annual reports have to be maintained at the corporate offices. Other records required at the principle place of business include a copy of the articles of incorporation along with any amendments.
Forming a corporation online
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