Georgia Foreign Corporation Filing

Georgia state law, the OCGA, requires that any business that plans to conduct business in Georgia (with the exception of certain business activities that do not carry this requirement) first files as a Foreign Corporation with the Corporations Division of Georgia, located in Atlanta. There are financial consequences for not doing so that may interrupt your business dealings in the state.

Steps to Form a Georgia Foreign Corporation

In order to file as a Foreign Corporation in Georgia, you must fill out an Application for Certificate of Authority for Foreign Corporation. The following information must be provided when applying for Foreign Corporation status:

  • Name: You must use the exact name of your corporation in your original state, if it is available. If it is not (and only if it is not), you will choose a different name for use in the state. If you'd like, can perform a business name search to help you determine if you'll need to file the paperwork necessary to file for an alternate name for use in Georgia.
  • Date: You must provide the date on which you commenced transacting business (or propose to commence transacting business) in Georgia. If that date is more than 30 days from your Foreign Corporation filing, you must pay a $500 fine.
  • Filer: The name and address of the person submitting the application for filing should be included; the filed Certificate of Foreign Corporation will be returned to this address.
  • Principle Mailing Address: This address is allowed to be a PO Box.
  • Registered Agent: You must appoint a registered agent with a physical address (not a PO Box) in Georgia. If you don't have one, let obtain a registered agent in Georgia for you.
  • You will indicate whether your corporation is for-profit or non-profit.
  • Jurisdiction: This is the state in which you were originally incorporated.
  • Filing Date: This is the date on which you were filed in your domestic state.
  • Officer/CFO: Names and addresses of your officers should be set forth.
  • Authorized Signature: The signature of an authorized person should be provided.

A Certificate of Existence or a Certificate of Good Standing, dated within 90 days of applying for Foreign Corporation status, must be submitted along with the application. ClickAndInc can obtain your Certificate of Good Standing from your original state for you.

Additional Requirements for a Georgia Foreign Corporation

The Secretary of State must be alerted if any of the above information changes after you have registered your Foreign Corporation in Georgia.

ClickAndInc can prepare and file your Georgia Foreign Corporation for you.

Georgia Startup Quicklinks

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