Change Georgia registered agent

Last updated on November 22, 2022

You can change a registered agent by filing the annual registration with the Secretary of State online. Learn how to do this step by step.

Who are they?

Agent for service of process

Also known as a registered agent, resident agent, statutory agent, etc in various states. These agents are physically located in the state where business entities operate. They receive important legal documents on behalf of the business entity.

Receive service of process

Their primary task is to receive tax forms, judicial notices, and other legal documents during business hours, 5 days a week.

For all business entities

Most business entities including LLCs, corporations, and partnerships require these agents in every state they operate in.

Not PO boxes

Agents must have a physical street address in the state. Not just PO boxes.

Details are public

The address and contact details of these agents are made public by the Secretary of State.


Step-by-step instructions

How to change a registered agent in Georgia?

Check the steps below:

1. Find a new registered agent

Before you plan to change your existing registered agent, make sure to find an alternative registered agent in the state.

If you are physically located in the state, you can be a registered agent for your own LLC. But paying a service provider to become a registered agent will give you much-needed peace of mind.

You can also find a new registered agent through the state's business entity search tool.

2. Inform existing registered agent

You may inform your existing registered agent about your decision to replace them.

3. Inform the State

To change the registered agent for an LLC in Georgia, you can make changes to the LLC's annual registration when it is due. You can file annual registration online.

Filing fee


Alternatively, if you have already filed the annual registration for the year, you can change the registered agent by making amendments to the annual registration online. Do this by filing an amended annual registration.

Filing fee


LLC Annual Registration

Every LLC has to file this report in Georgia to stay compliant with the state laws.

Filing annual registration (online)

Georgia LLC is expected to file this report annually by April 1

  • File it online on Georgia Secretary of State website


Online fee


Online processing time

7 days

Expedited processing fee


Expedited processing time

2 days

Filing annual registration (mail)

Georgia LLC is expected to file this report annually by April 1

  • Mail transmittal form & Articles of Organization



Office of Secretary of State

Corporations Division

2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE

Suite 313 West Tower

Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Mailing fee


Processing time

15 days

Expedited fee


Expedited processing time

2 days

Failure to pay

Georgia assess a $25 late fees if you miss your filing deadline. It will dissolve your LLC within 2 years if you fail to file an annual report.

Registered agent

A registered agent is an agent of your LLC on whom any notice, process or demand may be served. Every LLC in Georgia needs to have a registered agent located in the state.


According to Georgia Code § 14-11-209:

  • 1

    Registered agent can be an individual or an authorised organisation.

  • 2

    Registered agent must have a street address where they can personally receive service of process.

  • 3

    Office of Registered agent cannot be just a mailbox service of a telephone answering service.

Frequently asked questions

Business guides in Georgia

Registered agents are mandatory for almost all entities in Georgia including LLCs and corporations. Learn more about how these businesses are conducted in Georgia.

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