Subject 590-7-13 LIMITED PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REGISTRATION
It is the responsibility of the Division of Business Services and Regulation to promptly process and record the filing of annual registrations pursuant to the Code.
A newly organized domestic limited partnership, or a newly qualified foreign limited partnership, shall file an annual registration with the Secretary of State on a form provided by the Secretary of State, and pay the fee set forth in the fee schedule published by the Secretary of State, between January 1 and April 1 of the year following the calendar year of the new registration filing.
Each limited partnership registered to do business in this State shall, between January 1 and April 1 of each year, file an annual registration with the Secretary of State. This annual registration shall be on forms provided by the Secretary of State, and if not on such forms, it shall contain the information required to be on an annual registration as set forth in O.C.G.A. § 14-9-206.5 including the payment of the fee and penalties set forth in the fee schedule maintained by the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may provide for the electronic filing of annual registrations.
The Secretary of State may designate a depository for receipt of annual registration filings and fees on an annual basis, in accordance with the lockbox criteria developed and administered by the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS). The depository may perform certain ministerial services on behalf of the Secretary of State in order to fulfill the lockbox functions as set forth by DOAS and these Rules. The selected depository shall enter into an agreement with the Secretary of State that any goods and services provided the Division under the agreement will be subject to appropriate purchasing procedures and any relevant state laws.
The Division shall furnish the depository a computer tape prepared by DOAS that contains the appropriate data to generate the annual registration notices.
|(1)||Form. The Secretary of State shall design the annual registration form with the depository. This form shall contain specific filing instructions.|
|(2)||Distribution. The Secretary of State or his agent shall prepare and send the annual registration notices to registered limited partnerships.|
|(3)||Notification. All active limited partnerships will be sent an
annual registration notification as soon as possible after January 1 of each
year. Annual registration notices may be sent by mail or by electronic methods,
such as email. Annual registration notices will not be forwarded to:
The Secretary of State or his agent shall receive and process the incoming annual registrations.
The Division may update the annual registration data or employ the services of an outside contractor to update the annual registration data. If the form is not properly signed the Secretary of State is authorized to accept the filing and allow the signature on the check used to pay the fee to verify the existence of the facts on the form. Unless otherwise indicated, the signature on the annual registration form shall be deemed to be the signature of an authorized limited partnership officer. The registered agent will not be updated or changed unless the signature of the new registered agent is on the form. The Secretary of State is authorized to enter into a contract or agreement to provide for the updating of annual registration information.
The Secretary of State shall maintain all filed annual registrations for a period of five (5) years.
A limited partnership that fails to file its annual registration statement may be assessed a penalty in an amount set forth in the fee schedule published by the Secretary of State and may not maintain a proceeding in any court in the State. In addition to any other sanction, a limited partnership which fails for three consecutive years to file its annual registration with the Secretary of State may be placed on an "inactive filing status" in the automated database of the Secretary of State, pursuant to Rule 590-7-16-.02 of these rules.
The Secretary of State may extend the time of filing of the annual registration if he determines that it is in the public interest to do so and if additional time is needed to complete the updating of the limited partnership information and payment records of the limited partnership. In the event an order is issued regarding such extension, the Secretary of State is authorized to issue certificates of existence on those limited partnerships that are current through the preceding year.