When incorporating in Georgia, articles of incorporation must be filed with the Georgia Secretary of State. Georgia law requires that certain information be included in your articles of incorporation. The following is a summary of those requirements:

Incorporators

  • Minimum Number of Incorporators – One or more
  • Eligibility Requirements – None
  • Duties – Delivering articles of incorporation to the Secretary of State for filing
  • Listing Requirements – The name and address of each incorporator

Corporate Purpose(s)

Georgia allows a corporation to be formed for any lawful business activity.

  • Listing Requirements – Not required in the articles

Director Information:

  • Minimum Number of Directors – When incorporating in Georgia, one or more directors is required.
  • Eligibility Requirements – A board of directors must consist of one or more individuals, with the number specified in or fixed in accordance with the articles of incorporation or bylaws. Directors shall be natural persons who are 18 years of age or older but need not be residents of this state nor shareholders of the corporation unless the articles of incorporation so require. The articles of incorporation or bylaws may prescribe additional qualifications for directors.
  • Listing Requirements – Not required in the articles.

Officer Information

  • Officers are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation

Stock Information

  • The number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue

Other Required Listing Information

  • The street address and county of the corporation’s initial registered office and the name of its initial registered agent at that office
  • The mailing address of the initial principal office of the corporation, if different from the initial registered office

Optional Provisions

Georgia also permits optional provisions to be integrated into the articles of incorporation for corporations who wish to formalize additional criteria, such as:

  • The names and addresses of initial directors;
  • The corporate purpose;
  • Provisions regulating the powers of the corporation, its board of directors, and shareholders;
  • A par value for authorized shares or classes of shares; and
  • Shareholder personal liability for corporate debts in certain situations;
  • Limitation of director liability to the corporation or its shareholders in certain situations

United Agent Services allows you to designate whether any or all of these provisions should be included.