SOS Having Problems With ACH Payments

A few members of the Georgia Bar Association have passed along the following memo from the Secretary Of State’s office. It appears they have a fraud problem with accepting ACH (Automated Clearing House) payments online.

At the request of the Secretary of State, we are sending you this message.

Good afternoon,

As most of you are aware, the Georgia Secretary of State switched to a new software solution for the Corporations Registration site in 2013 called cGov. Within this system, you are able to make online payments via credit card and ACH (Automated Clearing House). Recently, we have noticed a few cases of fraud when using the ACH function, so we have made a decision to shut down ACH until further notice. The effective date to shut down is Jan. 15.

Before making this final transition we wanted to give each of you a heads up and make sure you are prepared for this transition. If you have any questions or comments regarding this decision, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.


Shawnzia Thomas
Director of Corporations
Brian P. Kemp
Georgia Secretary of State


  1. Will Durant says:

    Paper checks, clay tablets, and clams are still acceptable. Not acceptable are livestock, poultry, or first-born male offspring. Female offspring may be negotiable but must fax a photograph for prior written authorization.

    • Not accepting livestock and poultry is odd b/c before we were told this guy was the best candidate for SOS ever, we were told he was the best candidate for Ag Commissioner ever.

      If only someone had told us this was just an underqualified dude, fishin for an office. If only…

  2. Will Durant says:

    Just a quick followup; the multinational corporation I worked for ruled out any vendors not accepting ACH payment either in 1999 or 2000 because it lessened the opportunity for fraud, at least from the sender’s side…

  3. South Fulton Guy says:

    Dollar amounts for corporations registrations are not that much, so the fraud excuse sounds dubious and it doesn’t say how many times there was fraud and who was defrauded SOS or the customer – resulting in this rather draconian policy.

    Fraud happens with credit cards too are they going to stop taking them too?

    I suspect the truth is the new corporations system has technical difficulties and cannot properly or consistently process ACH payments or cannot match them to the customer.

    • saltycracker says:

      Renewed via credit card a couple days ago – no problem – suspect you are correct –
      they need to say more than fraud –

  4. Dave Bearse says:

    So why did lawyers receiving a special notice, and we others that have filed for years receive nothing?


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