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Register a Foreign Corporation in Arizona

To register a foreign corporation in Arizona, you must file an Arizona Application for Authority to Transact Business in Arizona with the Arizona Corporation Commission, Corporations Division. You can submit this document by mail or in person. The Application for Authority for a foreign Arizona corporation costs $175 to file. Below, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about how to file the Application of Authority and register a foreign corporation in Arizona. Or, sign up for our Arizona Foreign Corporation service, and we’ll handle your filing instead!

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Free Guide To Registering a Foreign Corporation in Arizona

What does it cost to register a foreign corporation in Arizona?

$175 for normal processing.
$35 additional for expedited processing.

How long does it take for the state to process the Arizona Certificate of Authority?

Normal Processing: 20 business days
Expedited Processing: 8 business days

How will I get verification of qualification back from Arizona?

You will receive a stamped copy of your Articles and a filing notice. You can have these documents faxed or mailed to you, or you may pick them up.

What forms do I file with Arizona to qualify my out of State Corporation?

The Application for Authority to Transact Business in Arizona must have the applicable cover sheet attached. Trade Name Certificate or Resolution adopting the fictitious name should be attached, if applicable. Attach a Certificate of Disclosure signed within 30 days of delivery to the Commission and attach required information, if necessary. A certified copy of the Articles of Incorporation and any amendments as well as a Certificate of Good Standing or Existence is required.

What do I need from my home state?

A certified copy of the Articles of Incorporation and any amendments as well as a Certificate of Good Standing or Existence.

Does it need to be an original copy?

An original or a certified copy is required.

How current does the certificate need to be?

Must be current within 60 days of delivery to the State of Arizona.

Will I need an Arizona registered agent for my corporation?

Yes, when you hire Northwest as your corporation in Arizona. It’s the same price every year, and there are no weird fees or cancellation fees.

You’ll also see all the pre-populated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page, in your online account, and they are emailed to you immediately upon signing up for 1 year of registered agent service.

Does the Arizona registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the Arizona Certificate of Authority?

You can file by mail or in person only.

What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?

Arizona Corporation Commission
Corporations Division
1300 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2929
Phone: (602)542-3026

Do the signatures on the Arizona corporation application need to be original?


Who has to sign the foreign corporation filing?

A duly authorized officer or director as well as the statutory agent (registered agent).

Are there any weird things about registering in Arizona?

Within 60 days after the Commission has approved the filing, you must publish the Application for Authority in a newspaper of general circulation in the county of the known place of business in Arizona, for three consecutive publications. Any amendments to the Articles of Incorporation or mergers as well as any corporate address changes must be provided to the Corporation Commission within 60 days.

County filing is not necessary, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.

Northwest provides the cheapest journals to publish in, and the cheapest way to write the notice, plus we give it to you on templates after you sign up for service. If you hire Northwest to make the foreign qualification filing for you, we take care of the publication on your behalf.

Are there ongoing Arizona annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?

AZ Annual reports are due on the date your corporation was incorporated in Arizona.

What are your fees?

You’ll need to have an Arizona registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in Arizona. It’s a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agents. Here’s a little more about our registered agent service.

We charge a $100 one-time filing service fee if you would like us to obtain the certificates needed from your home state, and register your company in any state you choose. We have offices in every state and can act as your registered agent and make your filings for you in any state. If you would like to register with multiple states at once, we can usually drop our filing service fee down.

Additional Resources:

Arizona Taxes
Withdraw a Foreign Arizona Corporation
Foreign Corporation Registration

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