Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Processing times will vary depending on office workload. Online filings are generally processed within 7 to 10 business days of receipt by the Division. Paper filings submitted by mail or hand-delivery, and paper filings submitted online are generally processed in 15 business days of receipt by the Division. Anticipate lengthier turnarounds in late December through January when a larger volume of filings is received. Large numbers of filings are also typically received at the end of each quarter, late March, late June, and late September. Please allow at least 15 business days for filings to be reviewed to account for increases in workload.
Expedited Processing of Document Filings
Any Domestic or Foreign Corporation, Limited Partnership (LP/LLLP and LLP), or Limited Liability Company (LLC) Filing:
A document submitted to the Secretary of State for expedited filing will be reviewed and a filing response indicating whether the document has been filed or rejected will be sent to the filer or contact person within the time frame of the requested level of expedited service.
The expedited fee is in addition to the regular filing fee associated with the document type or service requested.
The expedited review period is during business hours only on business days, and excludes weekends and state holidays.
Expedited service is not available on trademark, service of process, or other special services filings.
Two Business Days Expedited Service $100.00
Review completed and a response sent to the filer within two business days after receipt.
Same Day Expedited Service $250.00
Review completed and a response sent to the filer the same day as receipt. Same day expedited processing service requests must be received by the Division by noon of a business day. Documents received after noon will be reviewed by noon on the next business day.
One Hour Expedited Service $1000.00
Review completed and a response sent within one hour of receipt.
One hour expedited processing service requests are reviewed on business days between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Documents received outside of these business hours will be reviewed on the next business day starting at 9:00 a.m.
The name, email address, and telephone number of a person authorized to make corrections and to whom any questions regarding the document or service requested may be directed must be provided.
Annual Registration (submitted by mail or hand delivery) – Two Business Days Expedited Service $50.00
Annual Registrations filed online are processed immediately, no expedite fee required.
Certificate Requests (for each certificate issued):
- Two Business Days Expedited Service $50.00
- Same Day Expedited Service $250.00
Certificate of Existence and Certified Copies requests submitted online are processed immediately, no expedite fee required.
Methods of Payment
The Corporations Division accepts credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) and ATM/Debit cards with the Visa or MasterCard logo.
All checks must be pre-printed with a complete address to be accepted by our offices for your filing. Absolutely, no counter or starter checks will be accepted. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will significantly delay or possibly reject your filing.
Returned Check/Dishonored Credit Card Payment Policy:
Checks or credit/debit card payments that are dishonored by your bank or credit card company are subject to a $30.00 NSF charge, along with payment for the dishonored item. Failure to honor your payment within 10 days of notification could result in the following action(s):
- In accordance with O.C.G.A. § 13-6-15, the Secretary of State may file a civil suit against you.
- In accordance with Title 14 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, the Secretary of State may commence a proceeding to administratively dissolve or revoke an entity if a fee paid to the Secretary of State by the entity, or on behalf of the entity, is dishonored and the entity, or its representative, has not submitted payment for said dishonored payment within sixty (60) days from a notice of nonpayment issued by the Secretary of State.
Filings that are mailed to our offices require payment with a check, certified bank check, or money order. Hand-delivered filings may be paid by check, certified bank check, money order, or credit card.
We cannot accept cash for payment.