What is a Georgia Registered Agent?
Your Georgia Registered Agent is a person or entity designated by you that consents to receive service of process, legal documents, and legal correspondence that are sent to your business c/o your legally designated agent. When forming a corporation or LLC you will provide the registered agent's information to the secretary of state who will then display that information online for anyone that needs to legally contact your business. The registered agent is the formal addressee in these cases and receives and then delivers those documents to you. The Registered Agent's address is called the Registered Office or Registered Address. "Service of process" refers to the process of delivering legal documents delivered to your business by a process server, sheriff, or marshal. Typically this only occurs when a lawsuit is filed against your company, or a garnishment is filed against one of your employees.
As your Georgia Registered Agent, we are at our metro Atlanta area business address during normal business hours to receive such documents. We promptly scan and email them to you. We also retain the original documents for 90 days so they are available for you to pickup, or we can physically forward them to you if desired.
Although every corporation, LLC, LP, and LLP is required to have a registered agent by state law. In most cases you will hopefully never receive legal documents or mail at your registered office. A Registered Agent is NOT a business mailing address. For that you need a virtual office, offered by TRUE Space as a separate service.
When is a Georgia Registered Agent Required?
Any business filing as a corporation, LLC, LP, or LLLP in the state of Georgia, including a foreign corporation, LLC, LP or LLLP (those based outside of Georgia) is required to maintain a Registered Agent in the state in order to receive service of process and communications from the secretary of state. Registered agent information must be provided to the secretary of state at the time the business filing is made. This information is made public on the secretary of state's website. All legal correspondance is directed to your registered agent who is available during business hours to receive the service of process. The registered agent then forwards the information to you.
The business must maintain a registered agent as long as the business is actively registered (has not been terminated or dissolved) with the secretary of state.