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Georgia Business License - How to Get a Georgia Business License

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If you are wondering, “How do I get a Georgia business license?” read on for information that will help you get started.

In the state of Georgia, business licenses are issued by the county or city government. Some locales may refer to business licenses as “tax registration certificates.” Remember that procedures and requirements may differ somewhat from one jurisdiction to another. Do not assume that the rules in one city or county are the same as the rules elsewhere.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp’s website advises persons interested in obtaining a Georgia business license to remember that since business licenses are obtained from the county and/or city in which your primary place of business would be located it may be beneficial to contact your local business licensing authority for additional information. Call your local chamber of commerce office to find out who regulates business licenses in your county. Your local Chamber of Commerce or the office where you apply for the businesses license will also tell you what permits you need.

Next, find out if there are any particular requirements for the type of business you intend to operate. There may be state, local, and sometimes federal regulations that require you hold specific professional licenses. Or, you may need a certain level of experience and/or education to obtain your Georgia business license.

Since you will need a State of Georgia Tax Identification Number to obtain your Georgia business license you need to contact the State of Georgia Department of Revenue at (404) 636-2000 and obtain your Tax Identification Number. Get any other business licenses or permits required and remember local ordinances vary widely as to what is required.

Contact your county clerk’s office and register a Fictitious Business Name (FBN) if you will be doing business under a name other than your legal name. [This is the same thing as Doing Business As (DBA).] Doing so will protect your business name from use by others and allow you to accept checks and other payments in the name of your business.

Now you are ready to apply for your business license in Georgia. Gather all of the documents listed above, your photo identification, the names of the business owner(s), and proof of incorporation if the business is a corporation, an estimate of revenues, and the name of your registered agent or business attorney. If approved, you will be granted a temporary license. In Atlanta and most Georgia jurisdictions, a 30-day temporary license is issued. Expect your regular business license to be processed and sent to you within 30 days.

Resources:
• To obtain the number for your local chamber office you can contact the Georgia Chamber of Commerce at 404-223-2264 or by visiting their website at: www.gachamber.com.
http://www.sos.ga.gov/firststop/faqs.htm
/> • The most complete and current filing fee schedule can be found on the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division website: www.sos.state.ga.us/corporations
• Federal Tax/Employer Identification Numbers are issued through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Contact the IRS at: 1-866-816-2065 & 1-800-829-3676 (forms only) or www.irs.gov
• State Tax/Employer Identification Numbers and Wholesaler’s Registration Numbers are issued through the Georgia Department of Revenue. Contact them at: 404-417-4477 or www.etax.dor.ga.gov

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