How to Create an LLC in Georgia

By Lauren Miller

Nearly 280,000 LLCs are registered in the state of Georgia as of 2010. Forming an LLC in the state is a relatively simple and automated process. Filing, fee payment and other related activities can be completed online. The Georgia Secretary of State’s Division of Corporations oversees the regulation of LLCs.

Selecting a Name

Step 1

Choose a name for your company. Search the state’s business entity database to make sure the name is not already in use. The name must include Limited Liability Company," "Limited Company” or the abbreviations "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C." or "LC.” You can also abbreviate the word “Company” as “co.” and “limited” as “ltd.”

Step 2

Register the name. This step is not mandatory, but allows you to reserve a name so that no one else uses it before you file for an LLC. You can reserve the name when you conduct a business entity search. The fee is $25 and the name is reserved for 30 days.

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Step 3

Check your email for the name reservation number issued by the state if you reserved the name online. The number should arrive within 24 hours. You can also request and receive a name reservation number by mail.

Articles of Organization

Step 1

Prepare your articles of organization as outlined in Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) 14-11-204. The information for the articles includes the name of the company, the names and addresses of LLC members and the name of the organizing member who files the document. A sample articles of organization is available in the PDF document “Filing Procedures for Forming A Georgia Limited Liability Company” available on the state’s website. If you file online, you will type this information into a web-based form.

Step 2

Download “Date Transmittal Form 231” from the Georgia Secretary of State Corporations Division. You must submit this form with all LLC filings. Even if you apply for an LLC online, printing and having this form available beforehand can serve as a checklist for the required information needed when filing on the state’s website.

Step 3

Fill out the form with the required information. This includes the name of the LLC, the reservation number, the name and address of the person filing, an email address, the address of the LLC’s principal office, the name and address of the registered agent, the name and address of each organizer and optional provisions you would like to include with the articles.

Step 4

File online, by mail or in person. The mailing address is located on Form 231. The filing fee is $100 as of 2010. The state will send you email updates on the status of your LLC filing.

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