A name reservation is a useful tool offered for those who are looking to secure their desired business name before filing with the Secretary of State. This function is especially useful for foreign entities looking to do business in Georgia who would like to preserve the name of their company for use in state. Unfortunately, the reservation of a name lasts only for 30 days and will need to be renewed if an entity does not form in time. The filing fee of $25 will cover each 30 day cycle and can be paid in check if mailing in the PDF form or online using a credit card if applying through the Georgia Corporations Division website.
It’s advisable to research whether the name you’d had in mind is in fact already in use by an active corporation, LLC or partnership. You can do so by performing a Business Entity Search online, the execution for which is simple. All that is required is the entering of your name into the appropriate field in order to be presented with the list of all businesses which have operated under that name, or one similar, in the state of Georgia.
How to Reserve (Online)
Step 1- In order to perform a name reservation online, you will need to login into your account with the Georgia Corporations Division online services. On the home page, click on the Name Reservation option as shown below.
Step 2- In the first window, enter your top three choices for names. It is essential that they are not already registered in the state of Georgia therefore the office staff of the Secretary of State will select the highest priority name which is not already being used by an existing business entity.
Step 3- Enter the information of the person for whom the name is to be reserved including their name, street address and zip code. If the filer information is different, please supply a the same information for him/her as well as the filer’s email.
Step 4- Check the box that says that the information displayed above is accurate and enter the name of the authorizer into the field before clicking Continue to review your info.
Step 5- Once you’ve been made certain that the information you’ve provided is, to the best of your knowledge, completely accurate, you may proceed to the payment of the $25 filing fee using your credit card to finish the name reservation process.
How to Reserve (PDF)
In order to file using the Name Reservation Request PDF, all you’ll have to do is print it off and provide the following information:
- Application Name
- Full Address
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- 1st Preference
- 2nd Preference
- 3rd Preference
Once this has been done, attach with it a check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to the Georgia Secretary of State for the filing fee of $25. Place both the form and the filing fee into an envelope and mail it to the below address:
Office of Secretary of State, Corporations Division
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE, Suite 313 West Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334