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Any kind of business being operated in Georgia, including a photography business, needs to be registered with the state. To do this, it is necessary to obtain a business license. Georgia business licenses are issued by the county in which the business is operating. Procedures must be followed to obtain a photography business license in Georgia, including obtaining necessary paperwork from your Georgia county office.
Visit the Georgia Directory of Congressmen, State and County Officers online. This website is provided in the Resource section of this article.
Select the county in which you desire to register your business in the "County Directories" drop-down menu at the bottom of the page. Select the "Submit" button. This will take you to a page with all the contact information for officers of the court in your county. Business licenses in Georgia are dispensed by the county, and the person of contact is the Clerk of the Superior Court of your county.
Locate the contact information for the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county you have chosen. Either call or visit the office location to obtain the necessary paperwork for filing your business with the county.
Register for a Tax Identification Number for your business with the Georgia Department of Revenue. The website is listed under Resources in this article. You may also choose to register a "Doing Business As" name or "Fictitious Business Name" before filing for your business license as well. These names are legally associated with your business, even if you are a sole proprietorship. This can also be done at the time of registration for your business license.
Submit all necessary paperwork and documentation with your business license application. This may include copies of your driver's license, social security card, business plans, and records of past transactions in order to establish legitimacy. If your business has already been incorporated, it will be necessary to provide proof of incorporation as well.
Bailey Richert is a 2010 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a dual bachelor's degree in environmental engineering and hydrogeology, as well as a master's degree in systems engineering. After several years in the environmental consulting industry, she is now attending MIT for graduate school. An accomplished traveler, she has visited 23 countries and published her first book about international travel in 2014.