FILING PROCEDURES FOR
GEORGIA PROFIT AND NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS
Corporations are formed by filing articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State. The minimum
filing requirements of Georgia law are outlined herein. Many other provisions may, and perhaps should,
be included in the articles. It is very simple to incorporate. The question of whether or not a person or
entity should incorporate is complex. The Corporations Division strongly recommends that filers obtain
professional legal, tax and/or business advice to assure the filer’s goals and intentions are met, and
that requirements of the law are satisfied, both before and after incorporation.
A name may be reserved prior to filing. A reservation fee of $25 must accompany the request. The
reservation may be made at the Corporations Division web site, http://www.georgiacorporations.org. A
number that remains in effect for 30 days will be provided by return e-mail within 24 hours of receipt of
the request, and often sooner. Place the number on the Transmittal Form 227 that is filed with the articles
of incorporation. A reservation number may also be obtained by writing to the Division at the above
address. Please provide the name, address and telephone number of the person making the request.
Reservations are not available by telephone. Filings are accepted without a name reservation.
Preparation of Articles of Incorporation.
Articles of incorporation must include the information described in O.C.G.A. 14-2-202 (profit) or
O.C.G.A. 14-3-202 (nonprofit). Articles must be submitted on white 8½x11 paper. An incorporator
named in the articles or the filing attorney should sign articles of incorporation. If the Chairman of the
Board of Directors or corporate officer of a profit corporation has been elected, he or she may sign the
articles. Beneath the signature, the signer should indicate in what capacity he or she is signing.
Filing of Articles of Incorporation and Data Trans