In Georgia, as in most states, the primary step in creating a limited liability company (LLC) is to file articles of organization with the state. This is an absolutely crucial document that helps define your business, so it’s important to do it correctly.
An LLC is a business entity that offers liability protection for owners, as well as pass-through taxation, much like a sole proprietorship.
What are Articles of Organization?
The articles of organization is a legal document you need to file with the state to form your LLC. It will specify details about your company and establish your LLC as an officially registered business entity in Georgia.
The document is similar to the articles of incorporation you would file to form a corporation instead of an LLC.
How to File the Georgia Articles of Organization
In Georgia, the process to file articles of organization is quite simple. The crucial first step is gathering the required information about your new LLC, before proceeding with the filing itself.
Here are the steps you’ll need to take to create your new business entity:
- Gather the required information about your business.
- Entity Name
- Reservation Number
- Registered Agent Name
- Registered Office Address
- Organizers’ Names and Addresses
- Visit the Georgia Corporations Division website
Find Georgia’s articles of organization form here. It’s easiest to fill out the form online and file immediately, but you can also download it, fill it out and mail it in.
- Filling out Articles of Organization Document
If you don’t already have an eCorp account, you’ll need to create one to file your Georgia articles of organization online. Once you’ve created an account, log in and choose “Create or Register a Business” from the main dashboard page.
On the first page, choose “I am creating a new domestic business” and select “Domestic Limited Liability Company” from the drop down menu. The additional fields of the form will then populate. The first section requires you to enter your business name and alternate choices if your desired name is unavailable. If you already registered your business name and have a reservation number, you can enter it instead. You may also upload an approval document if applicable. The bottom of the form contains fields where you can enter your business purpose (NAICS codes) and principal office address. Click “continue”.
The next page asks you to enter a business email address, registered agent information, and organizer information. You can also enter optional provisions. The last portion of this page is where you provide your authorization. You can also change the filing date if you want it to be different from the actual date of completion. Click the check box and type in your name. Then click the “continue” button.
The last page is a review screen where you can check to make sure all information is correct. Click “submit” to be taken to the payment screen.
When filling out your articles of organization form, be sure to double-check that all the information is accurate and up-to-date. Maybe you’ve just moved, or use your middle initial in official documents, such as with your bank account. If you get it wrong now, changing it later can be a real pain. So accuracy is crucial.
- File Articles of Organization – The final step in the process is to submit payment through the website’s payment screen or mail in all documentation. The filing fee in Georgia is $100. There is an additional $10 fee if you choose to mail in your documentation.
Your LLC should be officially formed within 5 to 7 business days from filing. During busy periods, it may take up to 12 business days. If you wish to expedite your online filing, you can choose same-day processing for an additional $250 or two business days for an additional $100.
Georgia Corporations Division Contact Info
Georgia Corporations Division Website
2 MLK, Jr. Dr.
Suite 313, Floyd West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334-1530
The Bottom Line
In Georgia, it’s relatively easy to create an LLC, but you do need to jump through a few hoops. You now have all the information you need to officially create your new business and begin your entrepreneurial journey in the Peach State.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an attorney to file articles of organization in Georgia?
You do not need an attorney to file articles of organization in Georgia. You can easily file online yourself, or use a business formation service. ZenBusiness’s online LLC formation service will enable you to form your LLC in just a few minutes.
How do I amend my LLC articles of organization?
To amend your LLC articles of organization, log into your eCorp online account, select “Business Amendment” from the dashboard, and complete the prompts. You can also complete and mail in an Articles of Amendment form. The filing fee is $20, with an additional $10 for paper filings.
How do I get a copy of my articles of organization in Georgia?
To request a certified copy of your articles of organization, log into your eCorp online account and select “Certified Copies” from the dashboard. You can also complete and mail in a Business Entity & Registration Records Order Form. Certified copies are $10 per certificate plus a $10 service charge.