Start an LLC in Arizona

Use our free business forms below to complete your Arizona LLC Articles of Organization. This is the document you file directly with the Arizona Corporations Commission to form your LLC.

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How to Create an LLC in Arizona

To form an LLC in Arizona you’ll need to name your business, pick an Arizona registered agent, and submit the required paperwork with a $50 filing fee to Arizona’s Corporation Commission. To actually maintain your LLC’s limited liability and keep your private information out of the public eye, you’ll need to do a whole lot more.

This guide walks you through the steps of getting an LLC in Arizona.

 

 

1. Name Your LLC

Every Arizona LLC needs a name that follows Arizona’s naming statutes. Your LLC name must:

  • Contain the words “limited liability company,” “limited company,” or an abbreviation such as “LLC.”
  • Be unique among registered business names in Arizona.
  • Not contain the words “association,” “corporation,” “incorporated,” “bank,” “deposit,” “credit union,” “trust,” or “trust company.”

Before you settle on a name, you’ll want to perform a business name search in Arizona. That way you’ll find out if some other Arizona business is already using the name you want.

Note: Decided on the perfect name but aren’t ready form your LLC? File an Application to Reserve Limited Liability Company Name ($10 to file by mail/in person or $45 online) with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to hold the name for 120 days.

How much does it cost to get a DBA in Arizona?

LLCs sometimes use a DBA in place of their legal business name. Arizona calls DBAs “trade names,” and you can register one for just $10 by filing a Trade Name Registration Application with Arizona’s Secretary of State.

Our Arizona DBA guide explains why you might want a DBA.

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2. Designate a Registered Agent

Every Arizona LLC is legally required to appoint a statutory agent (aka registered agent). You’ll need to include your statutory agent’s name and address on your formation paperwork. Arizona’s registered agent requirements are listed in AZ Revised Statute § 29-3115.

Your Arizona registered agent must:

  • Maintain a physical street address (not a P.O. box) in Arizona.
  • Be available at this address during normal business hours (9am to 5pm).
  • Accept service of process and other important legal mail on behalf of your business.

Learn why business pros hire a registered agent service.

Can I be my own statutory agent in Arizona?

You sure can! Question is, are you comfortable with your name and address going on Arizona’s public record? When you hire Northwest, we’ll list our name and business address on your Arizona Articles of Organization. This will keep your personal information off the record, and away from prying eyes.

Can I change my registered agent after I start an LLC?

Yes. To change your registered agent in Arizona, file a Statement of Change form with the ACC and pay the $5 fee.

3. Submit LLC Articles of Organization

You need to submit the Arizona Articles of Organization to the ACC in order to officially register your LLC with the state. You can submit the articles by mail, fax, online, or in person.

All of the information you list on this form will become part of Arizona’s public record.

You’ll need the following information to complete your articles:

  • Entity Type. Are you forming a standard LLC or a Professional Limited Liability Company (PLLC)? PLLCs provide state-licensed services such as law or medicine. Check one.
  • Entity Name. Must include “limited liability company,” “limited company,” or an abbreviation like “LLC.”
  • Professional Services. If you’re forming a PLLC, list the professional services it will offer.
  • Statutory Agent Name. List the name of your registered agent.
  • Statutory Agent Physical Address. Must be a street address, not a P.O. box.
  • Statutory Agent Mailing Address. A P.O. box is fine here.
  • Principal Address. Where you will be sent service of process and other legal notices. Tip: Hire a registered agent service and use their physical address as your principal address to protect your privacy.
  • Management Structure. Is your LLC going to be member-managed or manager-managed?
  • Organizer. The person who fills out your Articles of Organization signs here.

How do I keep my personal information off Arizona's public record?

Hire Northwest! We’ll list our name and address on your Arizona LLC formation paperwork. This means that any spammers or hackers will be led back to us, and not you.

Find out how Northwest can help you live privately with an LLC.

What are the benefits of opening an LLC in Arizona?

An Arizona LLC has its own legal existence, separate from the people who formed it. If an LLC can’t pay a debt, its owners aren’t usually required to dip into their personal assets to pay it. This is called limited liability, and it’s the main benefit of starting an Arizona LLC. And unlike most states, Arizona doesn’t have an annual reporting requirement for LLCs—one less thing to think about (and pay for).

Learn why you should turn your sole proprietorship into an LLC.

How much does it cost to start an LLC in Arizona?

It costs $50 to file standard Arizona Articles of Organization. Pay $85 to expedite the filing process.

How long does it take to get an LLC in Arizona?

Regular LLC filings in Arizona take about 2 weeks to process. If filing by mail you’ll want to include a few extra days for mailing time. If you paid the extra $35 for expedited filing, LLC processing will only take a day.

How do I file the Arizona Articles of Organization?

You can submit your articles by mail, fax, online, or in person. If filing online, you’ll need to create a free eCorp account. If you are filing by fax, you must have a Money-on-Deposit (MOD) account in order to pay for your filing. You can use your eCorp account to deposit money into your MOD account.

Mail or in person:
Arizona Corporation Commission – Examination Section
1300 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Fax:
Regular: 602-542-4100
Expedited filing: 602-542-0900

Online:
Arizona Corporation Commission

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Publish Notice of Your LLC

The ACC will send you a Notice of Publication form after they approve your Articles of Organization. You’ll need to complete and send this form to one local newspaper in the county where your LLC is located. The notice needs to be published in three consecutive issues of the paper. Why? Because Arizona law requires new LLCs to publish a notice in a local newspaper within 60 days of formation.

Note: Publication fees range from around $60 to $300, depending on the newspaper.

Can I skip Arizona’s publication requirement?

Yes! If your registered agent is located in Maricopa or Pima County, the ACC will publish notice of your LLC for you, and you don’t have to do a thing. Guess what? Our office is in Pima County, so if you hire Northwest, you can skip this step entirely.

Write an LLC Operating Agreement

Your Arizona LLC’s operating agreement should contain the details of all the legal and financial rights of the members of your LLC. Operating agreements often include how profits will be distributed, how the LLC can add or remove member, who contributes capital for the business, and even what to do if the business closes up shop. Sound daunting? Use our free lawyer-approved Arizona LLC Operating Agreement template.

Does Arizona require an LLC to have an operating agreement?

Arizona does not require LLCs to have operating agreements, but you’ll still want to draw one up for two main reasons:

  1. If your LLC gets sued, a strong operating agreement will show the court that your LLC is a distinct legal entity with limited liability protection.
  2. Most banks require an LLC to produce a member-signed operating agreement in order to open a business bank account.

Does a single-member LLC need an operating agreement?

There is no requirement for a single member LLC to have an operating agreement in Arizona, but you’ll most likely need one in order to open a business bank account.

Get an EIN, Bank Account & Funding

While you’re almost home, there’s more work to be done to flesh-out your Arizona LLC. You’ll need to get an employer identification number (EIN), open a business bank account, and fund your LLC. We’ll show you how.

How do I get an EIN in Arizona?

It’s free to apply for an EIN directly from the IRS. You can file online (the fastest way), by mail, phone, or fax. Or keep it simple and hire Northwest to get your EIN for you.

How do I open a business bank account?

Here’s what you’ll need in order to open a business bank account:

  • a copy of your Arizona Articles of Organization
  • LLC operating agreement
  • EIN

Note: If your LLC has more than one member you’ll need an LLC Resolution to Open a Bank Account.

How do I fund my LLC?

Your Arizona LLC is going to need some start-up cash. Members fund the LLC with initial capital contributions. The amount each member contributes will reflect their ownership stake in the LLC, which can be reflected on a membership certificate and and recorded in the operating agreement.

File Taxes & Reports

While Arizona LLCs don’t have to worry about filing annual reports, they will need to file a federal BOI Report and register the business for a state-wide tax license. We go over the requirements below.

  • AZ Transaction Privilege Tax: Most LLCs in Arizona need to register for a TPT license by filing the Arizona JT-1 Application with the Department of Revenue. The license costs $12 per business location. Note that you may need a tax license from the cities your Arizona LLC operates out of, too. Arizona transaction privilege tax rates vary by location and business type. Unsure if your business activity requires a TPT license? Check out this list to find out.
  • BOI Report: Most Arizona LLCs need to complete an additional filing at the federal level called the Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Report. The BOI Report requires LLCs to disclose identifying information about their company applicant and all beneficial owners to FinCEN. File for free online with the BOI E-Filing System. Don’t feel like dealing with the BOI Report? Northwest can file for you for just $9.

Do Arizona LLCs have annual reports?

Arizona LLCs do not have to file annual reports.

How are LLCs taxed in Arizona?

Unless your Arizona LLC elects to be taxed as an S-Corp or C-Corp, it will be taxed as a pass-through entity. This means the LLC itself doesn’t file income taxes. Instead, income “passes through” to members, who then report the income on their personal tax returns. Its also important to note that in the eyes of the IRS, each member of the LLC is self-employed, and must pay self-employment taxes (15.3%) on ALL of their business income.

Learn more about How to File LLC Taxes.

 

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