How to Guide: Reinstate an Entity
You can reinstate an entity online or by mailing a paper application for reinstatement.
- To access the reinstatement link to file online, please go to: ecorp.sos.ga.gov.
- Once there, click on the “online services” tab and log in.
- If you have not created a login id, click on create a user account.
- Once you have logged in, click the "reinstate an entity" tab.
Reinstate an Entity
A domestic corporation or limited liability company (“LLC”) that is administratively dissolved may apply for reinstatement within 5 years of the date of the administrative dissolution by filing an application for reinstatement. The name of an administratively dissolved corporation or LLC is reserved for a period of 5 years after the date of dissolution or until the entity is reinstated, whichever is sooner.
Please see O.C.G.A. §§ 14-2-1422(b), 14-3-1422(b) and 14-11-603(b)(6). If the entity does not reinstate within the 5-year period, then another entity may reserve or file under the name.
You may file a reinstatement application online at ecorp.sos.ga.gov.
Should you wish to file your reinstatement application by mail or hand-delivery to our office, you must print the reinstatement application form, complete it and mail it in with a check or money order for payment of the fee.
Please note that only domestic entities can reinstate. A foreign entity whose authority has been revoked must re‐qualify to do business in Georgia by submitting a new application for a certificate of authority.
The fee to file online is $250; the fee to file in paper format is $260.
An administratively dissolved corporation or LLC must apply to the Secretary of State for reinstatement within 5 years of the effective date of dissolution.
A reinstatement application may be executed by the registered agent of the entity or by an officer, director or shareholder of a corporation or by a member or manager of an LLC, in each case as set forth in the most recent annual registration filed with the Secretary of State.
If the reinstatement application is not signed by one of these authorized persons, then the application must be accompanied by a notarized statement executed by a person who was an officer, director, or shareholder in the case of a corporation or a member or manager in the case of an LLC, or an heir, successor, or assign of a person who was an officer, director, shareholder of the corporation or a member, or manager of the LLC at the time that the entity was administratively dissolved, stating that such person or decedent was an officer, director, or shareholder of the corporation at the time of administrative dissolution or a member or manager of the LLC at the time of administrative dissolution, and such person has knowledge of and assents to the application for reinstatement.
Please see O.C.G.A. §§ 14-2-1422(a)(3), 14-3-1422(a)(3) and 14-11-603(b)(4)(C).
Note: If the filer of the reinstatement application is not authorized to execute the filing, then a notarized statement, as required above, must be submitted along with the application. Failure to do so will result in the delay or forfeiture of your filing.
Processing time varies depending on office workload. Reinstatements submitted online are generally processed within 7-10 business days. Reinstatement applications submitted in paper format via mail or hand-delivery are generally processed in 15 business days from receipt by the Division.
If the current wait time is not feasible, the processing of the reinstatement application can be “expedited” for an additional filing fee.
2 Business Day Expedited Service: Review of filing completed and a response sent within 2 business days costs an additional $100.
Same Day Expedited Service: Review of filing completed and a response sent same business day costs an additional $250. Same day expedited processing service requests must be received by the Division by noon of a business day. Filings received after noon will be reviewed by noon on the next business day.
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.
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
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
Certificate Requests (for each certificate issued):
- Two Business Days Expedited Service $50.
- Same Day Expedited Service $250.
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 in order 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.