Amid I-85 collapse, busi­nesses regis­tra­tion dead­line ex­tended

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Fol­low­ing Gover­nor Deal’s dec­la­ra­tion of a state of emer­gency for Ful­ton County due to the collapse of a por­tion of I-85, Sec­re­tary of State Brian Kemp has ex­tended the an­nual regis­tra­tion dead­line for busi­nesses to 11:59 p.m. on Tues­day, April 4.

“To best serve the hard­work­ing Ge­or­gians who may be af­fected by this un­fore­seen chain of events, I am ex­tend­ing the an­nual regis­tra­tion dead­line for all busi­nesses,” stated Sec­re­tary Kemp. “We want to al­le­vi­ate any po­ten­tial hard­ship on busi­ness own­ers stem­ming from the clo­sure of I-85 and re­sult­ing traf­fic in the metro-area.”

Of­fi­cers and reg­is­tered agents can visit the of­fice’s new and im­proved eCorp web­site with­out hav­ing to log into the sys­tem and se­lect one of two op­tions: “One Click An­nual Regis­tra­tion” if there are no changes to be made to their busi­ness fil­ings or “Ex­press An­nual Regis­tra­tion” to up­date con­tact in­for­ma­tion and make other changes.

Cus­tomers can also down­load the free “GA SOS” smart­phone app to complete an an­nual regis­tra­tion for a busi­ness and, if needed, ob­tain a dig­i­tal copy of the en­tity’s cer­tifi­cate of ex­is­tence.

This video tu­to­rial is a great as­set to teach cus­tomers how to use the web­site and re­solve any re­newal hang-ups. In ad­di­tion, cus­tomers can call the Cor­po­ra­tions Di­vi­sion at 404-656-2817, sub­mit email in­quiries, or con­tact Sec­re­tary Kemp through his Face­book or Twit­ter ac­count for help nav­i­gat­ing the sys­tem.

Cus­tomers can still log in to­count to file an an­nual regis­tra­tion and view or down­load their busi­ness’s re­ceipts, no­tices, and other cor­re­spon­dence in one con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion. All cus­tomers are en­cour­aged to renew their ex­ist­ing busi­ness en­ti­ties and pro­vide at least one valid email ad­dress with their fil­ing to pro­tect against busi­ness iden­tity theft and re­ceive fu­ture re­newal no­tices and im­por­tant no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

In ad­di­tion to an­nual regis­tra­tion on the new Cor­po­ra­tions web­site, cus­tomers also have the op­tion to file hard-copy an­nual reg­is­tra­tions in per­son or mail an­nual reg­is­tra­tions with a check or money or­der to the Ge­or­gia Sec­re­tary of State’s Of­fice at one of three lo­ca­tions: the Cor­po­ra­tions Di­vi­sion in At­lanta, the Pro­fes­sional Li­cens­ing Boards Di­vi­sion in Ma­con, or the agency’s South Ge­or­gia of­fice in Tifton. Mailed ap­pli­ca­tions must be post­marked by April 4, 2017. Cash is not an ac­cept­able form of pay­ment for re­newal or regis­tra­tion fees.

If a busi­ness fails to renew by the dead­line, it must pay a $25 late fil­ing fee or risk ad­min­is­tra­tive dis­so­lu­tion or re­vo­ca­tion.

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