How to Form an LLC in Georgia

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The limited liability company (LLC) is a popular business structure among small businesses. An LLC is best described as a combination of a corporation and a sole proprietorship, or general partnership if there is more than one member.

The steps to create an LLC vary depending on state laws, but all states require specific forms to be filed with a government agency. Some states also require LLCs to have an operating agreement in place. In Georgia, for example, an operating agreement isn't required, although it's still a good idea to have one.

Requirements for Forming an LLC in Georgia

In Georgia, an LLC is formed by filing Articles of Organization with the Georgia Secretary of State, Corporations Division. The Articles of Organization must set forth the LLC's name and may include the LLC managers' names and addresses. If filed by mail, you must also submit a Transmittal Information Georgia Limited Liability Form. This additional form must include:

  • The LLC's name and address;
  • The name and address of the person filing the Articles of Organization;
  • The names and addresses of all of the organizers; and
  • The registered agent's name and address.

You can conveniently find the required forms by checking out FindLaw's Georgia LLC Formation Package.

All Georgia LLCs are also required to file an annual registration with the Georgia Secretary of State and pay a filing fee.

How to Form an LLC in Georgia: An Overview

Even though each state has similar steps for forming an LLC, there are always subtle differences depending on the jurisdiction. In the following table, you'll find an overview of the steps to take to form a Georgia LLC as well as links to relevant statutes and government agencies.

Statute(s)

Georgia Code, Title 14. Chapter 11, Section 14-11-100, et seq. (Georgia Limited Liability Company Act)

Step-by-Step Process of Forming an LLC

The following steps must be taken to form a Georgia LLC:

  1. Choose a name that isn't taken by another business in the state and includes "limited company," "limited liability company," or one of the following abbreviations: LLC, L.L.C., LC, or L.C.
  2. File Articles of Organization (and Transmittal Information form, if filing by mail) with the Georgia Secretary of State and pay the required filing fee.
  3. Appoint a registered agent, which is the individual or business entity that will accept a service of process on behalf of the LLC.
  4. Comply with any applicable city or county business license requirements.
  5. If applicable, register with the Georgia Department of Revenue.
State Agency in Charge of LLC Formation

The Georgia Secretary of State is the government entity in charge of business organizations in the state.

Related Statute(s)

Georgia Code, Title 14. Corporations, Partnerships, and Associations

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

How to Form an LLC in Georgia: Related Resources

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