By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Secretary of State Kemp reminds corporate customers of annual registration renewal period deadline

Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds officers and registered agents of corporate entities registered in Georgia that the annual registration renewal period has begun. The deadline for the annual registration renewal period is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

We are experiencing extremely high volume due to the deadline for annual renewals approaching. Currently, the best time to renew online is between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time or weekends when our servers experience lower volume. 

Georgia law requires all corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships to file annual registrations with the Secretary of State and pay the renewal fee. Business entities that fail to renew by the deadline will be charged a $25 late filing penalty fee and risk being administratively dissolved.

Customers are encouraged to renew their existing corporate entities and provide at least one valid email address with their filing. Customers can then receive future renewal notices and important notifications related to their filing in email format.

Customers are also able to file hard copy annual registrations with a check or money order by mail to P.O. Box 23038, Columbus, GA 31902. Customers can also file in person at the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division, in Atlanta, the Professional Licensing Boards Division, in Macon and the agency’s South Georgia Office, in Tifton. Absolutely no cash is accepted for payment of renewal or registration fees.

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders.