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The following is general information regarding substituted service of process through the Secretary of State’s Office and is not intended as legal advice. Please note that the Secretary of State’s Office cannot provide legal advice. Our office recommends that you consult with an attorney regarding service of process matters. 



Under certain Georgia statutes, the Secretary of State is designated or is deemed to have been appointed the statutory agent to accept service of process on behalf of an individual, corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company, or other entity. Substituted service of process on the Secretary of State is made by delivering or mailing a copy of the process for each defendant along with the requisite fee(s) to the Corporations Division of the Secretary of State’s Office at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Suite 313 West Tower, Atlanta, GA 30334-1530. Please provide the following when requesting substituted service of process through the Secretary of State’s Office:

  1. A copy of the process (i.e. summons and complaint);
  2. A cover letter or optional Form SOP-1 indicating the Georgia statute which authorizes the Secretary of State to accept service and referencing the filer’s name and address;
  3. A statutorily required affidavit or certified writing, if applicable; and
  4. A filing fee of $10.00 per defendant at each address. Make checks or money orders payable to the “Georgia Secretary of State.”
The following Official Code of Georgia Annotated (“Code”) sections specify when the entities and individuals described below may be served through the Secretary of State:
  • O.C.G.A. § 9-11-4(e)(1)* - Domestic and foreign corporations registered with the Secretary of State;
  • O.C.G.A. § 14-2-1510(b) - Foreign profit corporations authorized to transact business in Georgia;
  • O.C.G.A. § 14-2-1520(c) - Foreign profit corporations that have formally withdrawn from transacting business in Georgia;
  • O.C.G.A. § 14-3-1510(b) - Foreign non-profit corporations authorized to transact business in Georgia;
  • O.C.G.A. § 14-3-1520(c) - Foreign non-profit corporations that have formally withdrawn from transacting business in Georgia;
  • O.C.G.A. § 14-8-46(i)* - Foreign limited liability partnerships authorized to transact business in Georgia;
  • O.C.G.A. § 14-8-50(c) - Foreign limited liability partnerships that have formally withdrawn from transacting business in Georgia;
  • O.C.G.A. § 14-9-104(g)* - Domestic limited partnerships registered with the Secretary of State;
  • O.C.G.A. § 14-9-902.1(i)* - Foreign limited partnerships authorized to transact business in Georgia;
  • O.C.G.A. § 14-9-906 - Foreign limited partnerships that have formally withdrawn from transacting business in Georgia;
  • O.C.G.A. § 14-11-209(f)* - Domestic limited liability companies registered with the Secretary of State;
  • O.C.G.A. § 14-11-703(h)* - Foreign limited liability companies authorized to transact business in Georgia;
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-12-2* - Nonresident motorists;
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-1-117 - Nonresident motor carriers.

Note:  Asterisk (*) denotes that a certified writing or affidavit is required.

While every effort has been made to list all applicable statutory sections, this may not be an exhaustive list. Please refer to the Code before filing your documents with the Secretary of State.

The Corporations Division of the Secretary of State’s Office merely accepts substituted service of process, and does not forward these filings to the designated individual or entity. If a substituted service of process filing is accepted and filed, our office will send a Certificate of Acknowledgement to the filer reflecting the date it was filed. Any substituted service of process that is not complete or appropriate for filing will not be accepted and a notice explaining why service was not accepted will be sent to the filer.  

Please note that service of process in which the Secretary of State is named as a defendant or party in the action should be directed to the Georgia Secretary of State, General Counsel, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Suite 802 West Tower, Atlanta, GA 30334.

Questions regarding the filing of substituted service of process should be directed to (404) 656-2817.
















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