2021 Georgia Code
Title 14 - Corporations, Partnerships, and Associations
Chapter 2 - Business Corporations
Article 15 - Foreign Corporations
Part 1 - Certificate of Authority
§ 14-2-1507. Registered Office and Registered Agent of Foreign Corporation

Universal Citation: GA Code § 14-2-1507 (2021)

Each foreign corporation authorized to transact business in this state must continuously maintain in this state:

  1. A registered office that may be the same as any of its places of business; and
  2. A registered agent, who may be:
    1. An individual who resides in this state and whose business office is identical with the registered office;
    2. A domestic corporation, nonprofit domestic corporation, or domestic limited liability company whose business office is identical with the registered office; or
    3. A foreign corporation, foreign or nonprofit corporation, or foreign limited liability company authorized to transact business in this state whose business office is identical with the registered office.

(Code 1981, §14-2-1507, enacted by Ga. L. 1988, p. 1070, § 1; Ga. L. 2016, p. 225, § 3-2/SB 128.)

The 2016 amendment, effective July 1, 2016, substituted "corporation, nonprofit domestic corporation, or domestic limited liability company" for "corporation or nonprofit domestic corporation" in subparagraph (2)(B); and substituted "corporation, foreign or nonprofit corporation, or foreign limited liability company" for "corporation or foreign or nonprofit corporation" in subparagraph (2)(C).

Law reviews.

- For note advocating the adoption of a statute incorporating the doctrine of forum non conveniens, see 7 Ga. L. Rev. 744 (1973).

OPINIONS OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Editor's notes.

- In light of the similarity of the statutory provisions, an opinion under former Code Section 14-2-317, which was repealed by Ga. L. 1988, p. 1070, § 1, effective July 1, 1989, is included in the annotations for this Code section.

Requirements of RICO Act.

- The Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, O.C.G.A. § 16-14-1 et seq., requires foreign alien corporations to comply with registration requirements when they desire to acquire or maintain of record any real property in this state. 1982 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 82-89 (decided under former § 14-2-317).

RESEARCH REFERENCES

Am. Jur. 2d.

- 18A Am Jur 2d Corporations § 762 et seq. 36 Am. Jur. 2d, Foreign Corporations, § 216 et seq.

C.J.S.

- 19 C.J.S., Corporations, § 987.

ALR.

- Cessation by foreign corporation of business within state as affecting designation of agent for service of process, 45 A.L.R. 1447.

Jurisdiction of action involving dividends of foreign corporation, 72 A.L.R.2d 1211.

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