LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett officials now accept business license renewals online -- just in time for new immigration regulations that discourage mailing documents in.
Officials mailed 23,000 occupation tax certificate renewal forms to businesses Friday.
But before the certificates can be renewed, the business owners must comply with the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act, passed by the Georgia General Assembly last year.
All applicants must submit Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements affidavits along with identification such as drive's license, passport or legal immigration document, a press release said.
Plus, businesses with more than 500 employees must register for and use the E-verify program to screen employees. They have to sign an E-verify affidavit to receive an occupation tax certificate. Those with fewer than 500 employees must sign an affidavit saying they are not required to use the E-verify program.
Because of the affidavit's, the paperwork is no longer allowed to be delivered by mail. Instead, people must go to Gwinnett's Licensing and Revenue office at 446 West Crogrn Street in Lawrenceville , or use the new electronic renewal system at www.gwinnettlicrev.com.
"This new electronic system is an alternative to making an in-person visit to the License and Revenue Office and will hopefully reduce long wait times that we anticipate due to expected heavy walk-in traffic," said Acting Planning and Development Director Bryan Lackey.
Businesses will receive the E-verify affidavit, SAVE affidavit and occupation tax renewal form in the mail along with instructions on how to file these documents, a press release said.
For more information, visit www.gwinnettlicrev.com or call (678) 377-4100.