By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Kemp Reminds Georgia Businesses of Annual Renewal Registration Period, Announces “One Click” and “Express” Registration Portals to e-File Paperwork

Atlanta, Georgia – Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds officers and registered agents of corporate entities registered in Georgia that the annual renewal period opens on Friday, January 1, 2016 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Georgia law requires all corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships to file annual registrations with the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division and pay the associated renewal fee. If a business fails to renew by the deadline, it must pay a $25.00 late filing penalty fee or risk administrative dissolution.

To make annual renewal easier, the Secretary of State’s Office is proud to announce a new and improved Corporations website at http://www.ecorp.sos.ga.gov. This user-friendly, intuitive website does not require a username and password to log onto the page to renew a business, which eliminates the widespread problem of forgotten or misplaced login credentials each year. During the registration period, officers and registered agents simply visit the website and selection one of two options: “One Click Annual Registration,” if there are no changes to be made to their business filings, or “Express Annual Registration” if there are changes to be made, such as updated contact information for the business.

“As a small business owner myself, the more time I’m stuck doing paperwork, the less time I have to focus on growing my business,” said Kemp. “Now, you just type in your business’s name or control number on the new website and breeze through check-out without having to track down a username and password.”

Customers can still log in to https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/Account to view or download their business’s information in one convenient location. All customers are encouraged to renew their existing corporate entities and provide at least one valid email address with their filing for future renewal notices and important notifications.

In addition to e-registration on the new Corporations website, customers also have the option to file hard copy annual registrations with a check or money order by mail to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, 2 MLK Jr Drive Suite 313 Atlanta Georgia 30334 or file their paperwork in person at one of three locations: the Corporations Division in Atlanta, the Professional Licensing Boards Division in Macon, and the agency’s South Georgia Office in Tifton. Cash is not an acceptable form of payment for 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, charities, and professional license holders.