Whether we’re talking weather, vacations, or bags of potato chips, all good things must come to an end, and that includes registered agent duties.
There are numerous reasons you might need to give up your Georgia registered agent role, but only one way to resign.
Registered agents play an important role in the life of an LLC, handling sensitive legal and tax documents, so it’s essential that agents follow proper resignation procedures. Otherwise, you could leave your company with unplanned fines or penalties, and you could be individually liable.
Fortunately, for Georgia LLCs it is easy.
Follow these steps and the hardest part of your resignation won’t be the process itself, it’ll be saying “so long” to your former business.
You’ve got enough on your plate. Hiring a registered agent service lets you hand off those responsibilities so you can focus your energy where your passion lies. Let us at ZenBusiness handle the paperwork for just $99 the first year (LegalZoom charges $299).
Notifying the Georgia LLC
Because registered agents handle such important responsibilities, your LLC will appreciate some advance notice of your resignation. Not only is giving early notice courteous, but it’s also mandated by the state. You must send a copy of your Statement of Resignation to the company prior to filing it with the Secretary of State (see Georgia Code § 14-2-503).
By reaching out in advance, you give your LLC time to come up with a transition plan for changing their registered agent. This way, they won’t get hit with fines and penalties for failing to maintain an agent.
Submitting Your Resignation
The official form you’ll need to send to your LLC and the Secretary of State’s office is the “Statement of Resignation.” Download it from the Corporations Division Forms page.
The form won’t take you too long; it only requires the following information:
- Your name
- The street address and county of registered office on file
- Your email address
- The LLC name, type, and Entity Control Number (find this using the Business Search)
- Whether the registered office will be the same or discontinued
- Your signature
By signing the Statement of Resignation, you’re also confirming that you sent a copy to your LLC before submitting it to the state.
That wasn’t so bad. And what’s even better is that there’s no filing fee, so put your checkbook away – you won’t need it. Once you’ve completed the form, mail it off to:
Office of Secretary of State
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE
Suite 313 West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
You also have the option to resign online using the Georgia Secretary of State eCorp website. You’ll still need to send a notification to your LLC beforehand, so don’t forget that step.
Even after you resign, you’ll stay on record as the designated registered agent for 31 days, unless your LLC appoints your replacement sooner. Just remember that you may still receive documents and service of process in the month after you officially resign.
Handing off Your Responsibilities
Special Offer: Right now ZenBusiness is offering a discounted rate for just $99 the first year (normally $199) to act as your agent and handle legal responsibilities.
When you put down your registered agent responsibilities, someone else has to pick them up, or your LLC will lose its good standing with the state. Help your LLC keep its momentum by carefully planning your transition.
This starts with finding a successor who’s ready to take over right away. Even a small gap in registered agent coverage can result in severe penalties. If your LLC takes more than 60 days to change their registered agent after you resign, they can be administratively dissolved by the state. This is why it’s important to establish a transition plan before you take off.
Once you’ve nominated a replacement, confirm that they meet Georgia’s registered agent requirements. They must:
- Be an individual or business entity that resides in Georgia
- Have a physical mailing address in the state (P.O. boxes are not allowed)
- Be available at the registered address during typical business hours
- Be authorized to transact business in Georgia, if a foreign entity.
One of the LLC’s members or managers may serve as the registered agent, but the LLC itself may not. However, sometimes it’s best for a company to hire a professional agent instead.
We recommend using a registered agent service, which can take over registered agent duties, freeing up more time for the LLC’s managers to focus on running the business.
You do a lot for your Georgia LLC. You’re essentially the shield that protects it from fines, the filter that catches important documents, the conductor that keeps it on track with compliance.
Because you play such an important role, it’s crucial that you follow the resignation procedures exactly — and potentially provide a replacement agent for the business. Otherwise, you might find yourself and your LLC in hot water.
Follow this guide and you’ll be totally fine. Soon, you’ll be on to your next project, whether that’s starting a new business in Georgia or something completely different.
If you need a fresh start and would like to form a brand new LLC, there are plenty of services that can take care of this for you. ZenBusiness and Northwest are two very popular options.
How to Resign As A Registered Agent in all 50 States
We break down the Registered Agent Resignation steps in detail in all 50 states. View all of our guides below.
- Alabama Registered Agent Resignation
- Alaska Registered Agent Resignation
- Arizona Statutory Agent Resignation
- Arkansas Registered Agent Resignation
- California Agent for Service of Process Resignation
- Colorado Registered Agent Resignation
- Connecticut Registered Agent Resignation
- Delaware Registered Agent Resignation
- Florida Registered Agent Resignation
- Hawaii Registered Agent Resignation
- Idaho Registered Agent Resignation
- Illinois Registered Agent Resignation
- Indiana Registered Agent Resignation
- Iowa Registered Agent Resignation
- Kansas Resident Agent Resignation
- Kentucky Registered Agent Resignation
- Louisiana Registered Agent Resignation
- Maine Registered Agent Resignation
- Maryland Resident Agent Resignation
- Massachusetts Resident Agent Resignation
- Michigan Resident Agent Resignation
- Minnesota Registered Agent Resignation
- Mississippi Registered Agent Resignation
- Missouri Registered Agent Resignation
- Montana Registered Agent Resignation
- Nebraska Registered Agent Resignation
- Nevada Registered Agent Resignation
- New Hampshire Registered Agent Resignation
- New Jersey Registered Agent Resignation
- New Mexico Registered Agent Resignation
- New York Registered Agent Resignation
- North Carolina Registered Agent Resignation
- North Dakota Registered Agent Resignation
- Ohio Statutory Agent Resignation
- Oklahoma Registered Agent Resignation
- Oregon Registered Agent Resignation
- Pennsylvania Registered Agent Resignation
- Rhode Island Resident Agent Resignation
- South Carolina Registered Agent Resignation
- South Dakota Registered Agent Resignation
- Tennessee Registered Agent Resignation
- Texas Registered Agent Resignation
- Utah Registered Agent Resignation
- Vermont Registered Agent Resignation
- Virginia Registered Agent Resignation
- Washington Registered Agent Resignation
- Washington D.C. Registered Agent Resignation
- West Virginia Agent of Process Resignation
- Wisconsin Registered Agent Resignation
- Wyoming Registered Agent Resignation