A registered agent is a business or individual who serves as a company’s representative. They are typically tasked with accepting documents on the LLC’s behalf, including official government correspondence. This can include service of process notices, tax information, communication from the Secretary of State, and notices of lawsuits. Registered agents act as a middle-man, as it is their job to see that members of the LLC receive these documents.
Georgia Requirements For Individual Registered Agents
Fortunately for business owners in Georgia, the Secretary of State’s office has provided a detailed Frequently Asked Questions section on their website, which breaks down some of the individual registered agent requirements.
- The registered agent can be an owner, shareholder, or officer of the entity
- The registered agent’s address must be a street address in Georgia
- The agent must be located at that address
- A post office box or “mail drop” may not be used as the registered agent’s address
- If the registered agent is an individual who resides in the state, they must be at least 18 years old.
Georgia Requirements For A Company Serving As A Registered Agent
If a business would rather an individual not serve as their registered agent, they can elect for a third-party company to do so.
- Companies must be authorized to transact business in the state
- The company must have a physical street address in Georgia that is open during regular business hours
DoMyLLC Can Serve As Your Registered Agent
It’s critical that new business owners find a registered agent upon who they can trust and rely. At DoMyLLC, we offer registered agent services to those looking to file as an LLC or corporation in the state of Georgia. When hiring us to serve as a registered agent, business owners can rest assured that they are receiving reliable, professional services, including:
- A physical address in the state of Georgia, meeting requirements set forth by the Secretary of State’s Office.
- An office available during business hours from Monday through Friday. We can accept all legal correspondence for a company.
- A secure online account where business owners can manage your documents.
- An innovative management system design making it easier than ever for business owners to handle all legal correspondence, even if they’re not in the state.
- A compliance reminder system that informs business owners when annual report filings are due, ensuring they never miss a deadline.
- A compliance calendar, which is an easy-to-view method that allows owner to track when annual reports are due.
- A vast document library that includes both state and internal paperwork for Corporations and LLCs
- Links to state and government agencies
- Unlimited document storage
If businesses in Georgia miss important deadlines, such as annual report filings, they could be subject to harsh penalties. When hiring DoMyLLC as a registered agent, business owners can trust that their information will be uploaded to the online management system immediately upon delivery and that they will never miss an important deadline. DoMyLLC allows business owners to focus on running their business instead of having to burden themselves with compliance paperwork.
How To Change Your Georgia Registered Agent
If you are a business owner in the state of Georgia who is not satisfied with the registered agent currently representing your company, it’s possible that you can make a change.
- Hire a New Agent – When filing to change resident agents in the state of Georgia, the Secretary of State’s office will request to see the information of the new registered agent. Thus, it’s crucial that business owners have already moved to hire a new agent before they begin the process of removing their existing agent.
- File the Required Change of Agent Paperwork with the Georgia Secretary of State – In the state of Georgia, business owners can make changes to their resident agent by filing an annual registration or an amended annual registration. They should only file an amended annual registration if they have already submitted that year’s annual registration. Companies can file annual registrations with the Corporations Division. Georgia companies also have the option of updating their registered agent information when they file their Annual Report.
- Pay the Filing Fee – As seen below, the cost of filing an annual registration, and thus changing registered agents, varies depending on the type of entity submitting the paperwork. If a company wishes to file an amended annual registration, the fee is $20. Companies can pay the filing fee while registering online.
State Filing Fees
The cost of filing paperwork related to a company’s registered agent can vary significantly in the state of Georgia. For example, it can cost as much as $225 to form a company in Georgia, but as little as $25 to change registered agents. The fee structure also heavily depends on the type of company filing the paperwork. Consider the state filing fee tables found below.
|Entity Type||State Fee Registered Agent Change|
|Domestic Georgia Corporation||$50|
|Domestic Georgia Limited Liability Company||$50|
|Domestic Georgia Non-Profit Corporations||$30|
|Domestic & Foreign Partnerships (LP, LLP, LLLP)||$25-$50|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporations||$30|
|Foreign Limited Liability Companies||$50|
|Corporation Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic Georgia Corporation||$100|
|Domestic Georgia Non-Profit Corporation||$100|
|Foreign Corporation Qualification||$225|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporation||$225|
|LLC Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic Georgia Limited Liability Company||$100|
|Domestic Georgia Partnerships||$100|
|Foreign Limited Liability Company Qualification||$225|
|Foreign Partnership Qualification||$225|