Related: Get a Georgia Registered Agent
If your company was not incorporated in Georgia, but you wish to do business there, you need to apply for a Georgia Certificate of Authority.
Acquiring Georgia Foreign Qualification allows a company formed in Delaware or any other state to legally transact business in Georgia.
Please note: information on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, requirements and costs can be changed by states at any time and Harvard Business Services cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.
The most efficient way to apply for your Georgia certificate of authority is using the online application, which involves a fee paid to the GA Secretary of State of $225.
When applying as a corporation (profit or non-profit), you must also include a Certificate of Good Standing (known in Georgia as a Certificate of Existence) from your home state, dated within the past 90 days. LLC applicants are not required to include this document.
You must also appoint and list a Georgia Registered Agent. A Registered Agent must be maintained at all times. We can provide this service at a cost of just $99/year.
Harvard Business Services can assist with your Georgia Certificant of Authority application so you don’t have to deal with the Georgia Secretary of State directly. We do charge our own fee for this service, in addition to state fees. The exact fee can vary based upon whether your company is already filed and whether you need us to obtain additional documents to meet the state’s requirements. Please contact us for an exact quote.
Once you have a Georgia Foreign Qualification in Georgia, you will be required to renew your registration once per year, between January 1st and April 1st. This renewal is free for LLCs but includes a fee for corporations.
Please note that this annual requirement is independent from requirements you may have in Delaware or other states.
Since 1981, Harvard Business Services, Inc. has helped form 353,190 Delaware corporations and LLCs for people all over the world.
Harvard Business Services, Inc. guarantees your annual Delaware Registered Agent Fee will remain fixed at $50 per company, per year, for the life of your company.
Harvard can provide assistance throughout the life of your company. These custom services are the most popular with our clients: