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As an essential business, we’ve been blessed to stay busy. We’re open, fully operational, and committed to providing the highest level of customer service. But let’s be honest: Covid-19 sucks! While Northwest Registered Agent can’t make face masks or work on medical breakthroughs, we can help you stay in business or start a new one. For those struggling, we’ve never charged a late fee and if you’re a current customer and can’t pay your bill, that’s okay. We don’t need to adjust our systems or offer you a coupon code. If you can’t pay us—don’t—we’ll float you as long as possible. We witness our country’s resilience every day as we’ve been flooded with orders from people starting new businesses. While most of our Corporate Guides are now working remote, our efficiency has gone down, but we’ve hired 17 new people since March 1, and we’re figuring out how to hire remote workers better. We’re ramping up for the future, whatever that means for all of us. Thanks for the opportunity to help serve you along the way.

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Register a Foreign Corporation in Georgia

To register a foreign corporation in Georgia, you must file a Georgia Application for Certificate of Authority for Foreign Corporation with the Georgia Secretary of State, Corporations Division. You can submit this document by mail or in person. The Application for Certificate of Authority for a foreign Georgia corporation costs $225 to file. Below, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about how to file the Application for Certificate of Authority and register a foreign corporation in Georgia. Or, sign up for our Georgia Foreign Corporation service, and we’ll handle your filing instead!

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What does it cost to register a foreign corporation in Georgia?

$225 for normal processing. $100 additional for expedited processing.

How long does it take for the state to process the Georgia Certificate of Authority?

Normal Processing: 7-10 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
In Person Processing: 7-10 business days.
Expedited Processing: 1-24 business hours, plus additional time for mailing.

How will I get verification of qualification back from Georgia?

You will receive a verification certificate by email.

What forms do I file with Georgia to qualify my out of State Corporation?

The original and one copy of the Application for Certificate of Authority for Foreign Corporation, an original Certificate of Existence or Good Standing, and the filing fee are required.

What do I need from my home state?

A Certificate of Existence or Good Standing.

Does it need to be an original copy?


How current does the certificate need to be?

Not more than 90 days old.

Will I need an Georgia registered agent for my corporation?

Yes, when you hire Northwest as your registered agent service, it’s a flat rate yearly price of $125 a year, you’ll have an online account that tracks your report due dates, which states your registered in, when your yearly service with us is up, and any documents we receive locally for you are uploaded into your account immediately for complete viewing. If or when you get served with a lawsuit, we can email up to 4 people and your attorney at the same time for real time complete viewing of a lawsuit. You’ll receive annual report reminders. It’s the same price every year, and there are no weird fees or cancellation fees.

You’ll also see all the pre-populated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page, in your online account, and they are emailed to you immediately upon signing up for 1 year of registered agent service.

Does the Georgia registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the Georgia Certificate of Authority?

By mail or in person.

What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?

Georgia Secretary of State
Corporations Division
315 West Tower #2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Atlanta, GA 30334-2817
Phone: (404)656-2817

Do the signatures on the Georgia corporation application need to be original?


Who has to sign the foreign corporation filing?

A person authorized by the corporation.

Are there any weird things about registering in Georgia?

County filing or publication is not necessary, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.

Is there ongoing Georgia annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?

The Georgia annual report is due April 1st. It may be filed anytime between January 1st through April 1st.

You may also want to look into Georgia taxes.

What are your fees?

You’ll need to have a Georgia registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in Georgia. It’s a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agents.

We charge a $100 one-time filing service fee if you would like us to obtain the certificates needed from your home state, and register your company in any state you choose. We have offices in every state and can act as your registered agent and make your filings for you in any state. If you would like to register with multiple states at once, we can usually drop our filing service fee down.

Additional resources:

Georgia corporation
Withdraw foreign corporation from Georgia
State by state foreign corporation requirements

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