The Arizona Corporation Commission is responsible for the incorporation and formation of entities within the state of Arizona. The entity options for prospecting are as follows: Limited Liability Company (LLC), Corporations (both profit and non-profit), and Partnerships. Within the state of Arizona the terms “Domestic” and “Foreign” are used to designate formed entities that are within and outside of Arizona, respectively.
Start an Entity
Search for a Name
Prior to filing your entity with the Arizona Corporation Commission you will need to ensure that the name you have chosen for your entity is not already in use, or too similar to an already existing entity. In order to do this you can use the tools available through the Arizona Corporation Commission website to Search the Business Database to ensure that your chosen entity name is unique. Once you have ensured that your entity’s name is qualified for use, you may begin the necessary steps towards incorporation/formation.
How to Register in Arizona
Step 1- You must first ensure that the name you have chosen for your entity is not currently being used. You can Search the Business Database to verify whether or not your chosen name is in use. Filers may also reserve a business name for 120 days by filing a Name Reservation application ($10).
Step 2- You will now need to download a PDF application and supply the requisite filing information. There is also an online filing method, though it is limited to a select few entity types. Click on the link below with corresponds with your business type to learn more about the exact filing process.
- Domestic Profit Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation
- Foreign Profit Corporation
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
- Domestic Limited Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnership
- Foreign Limited Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Limited Partnership
Step 3- Once all of the forms have been completed, you must then make an additional copy of your application for your own personal records. You will then need to pay the filing fee (fees listed below). Online filers will need to pay by credit card, and once this has been accomplished the online filing process is complete. Filers sending their documents through the mail will need to attach a check or money order made out to the Arizona Secretary of State and forward all articles to the address below.
Arizona Corporation Commission
1300 W. Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85007
- Domestic Profit Corporation- $60
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation- $40
- Foreign Profit Corporation- $175
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation- $175
Limited Liability Company
- Domestic Limited Liability Company- $50
- Foreign Limited Liability Company- $150
- Domestic Limited Partnership- $10
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership- $13
- Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnership- $13
- Foreign Limited Partnership- $20
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership- $23
- Foreign Limited Liability Limited Partnership- $26
Applicants have the ability to reserve a name for their entity by downloading the appropriate material and completing the Name Reservation Form. The name you reserve will be held for 120 days total and the filing fee for reserving your entity name is $10 (with an optional $35 for expedited processing). The name reservation can only be done by completing the forms by hand and mailing them to the Arizona Corporation Commission office.
Certificate of Good Standing
A Certificate of Good Standing is more commonly referred to as a certificate of compliance and can be attained by completing a simple application form and mailing it to the Arizona Corporation Commission office. The certificate acknowledges that the entity is in good standing and up-to-date with all renewals. There is a minimal filing fee of $10 and all you need to do is complete a simple Records Request Form.
There are several agreements that are available to business owners and operators within the state of Arizona. These agreements help manage the day-to-day business of the entity in question and allows for an official contract to be in place between the entity and the members and managers.
Employer Identification Number
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides a number know as the “EIN” which enables an entity to establish lines of credit, to become financially active, and to open bank accounts. This number will also be used to for all tax purposes. Your EIN can be obtained through the IRS Website or through the PDF application known as Form SS-4. Click here to learn more about the application process for an EIN.