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An Arizona statutory agent (also called a registered agent) is a business entity or individual residing in Arizona that maintains a physical address in the state and accepts service of process and other legal documents on behalf of a business. All documents received by an Arizona statutory agent must be forwarded to the client in a timely manner. The appointment of a statutory agent ensures that the state has a reliable means of contacting any entity conducting business in Arizona.
With our Arizona registered agent service, get Privacy by Default®, business address, free mail forwarding, free Phone Service for 60 days, and local Corporate Guides®—only at Northwest.
Everything You Need To Know About Arizona Registered Agents:
- Get Arizona Registered Agent Service
- What Do Arizona Registered Agents Do?
- Legal Requirements For Arizona Registered Agents
- How To Be Your Own Arizona Registered Agent
- How Do I Change My Arizona Registered Agent?
- What Makes Northwest Different From Other Services?
- Arizona Registered Agent FAQs
- How To Order Registered Agent Service
What Do Arizona Registered Agents Do?
At a minimum, Arizona registered agents must have a physical address in Arizona and accept important legal documents on your business’s behalf—and get them to you. In other words, your registered agent’s address acts as the official place where any service of process and official mail for your Arizona LLC, Arizona corporation or Arizona nonprofit will be sent.
However, the right registered agent service can do much more. At Northwest, we go above and beyond the minimum to ensure top speed, security, privacy and support.
What Are The Legal Requirements For Arizona Registered Agents?
According to Arizona State Code § 29-3115, a statutory agent (also known as a registered agent) must:
- Be able to accept legal documents on behalf of the business.
- Have a physical, registered office address located within the state of Arizona. No P.O. Boxes.
- Must be a state resident or a company that provides registered agent services.
How to Be Your Own Arizona Registered Agent
If you plan on starting a business in Arizona, the state requires you to have a statutory agent (sometimes referred to as a registered agent and resident agent elsewhere); otherwise you will be unable to operate or even form your company. A registered agent is the person or business you choose to be the recipient of your official documents for your business, most important of these being service of process.
What is required to be your own statutory agent in Arizona?
The list of requirements for an Arizona statutory agent isn’t long, but it is necessary that the statutory agent have a physical street address in Arizona—they can’t receive mail for your business at a PO Box. The other primary requirement is that they hold regular business hours. This is necessary because if a process server comes knocking, they need to be able to find you. The state wants to know that there is a for sure, designated place where your business can be contacted.
What are the risks of being your own Arizona statutory agent?
Once you put your name on those documents, it’s public knowledge. If you are comfortable having your name and street address searchable to anyone, and are also comfortable with process servers knocking on your door, then being your own statutory agent shouldn’t be a problem. It is also paramount that you maintain regular business hours; process servers need to be able to find you during the day.
How do I become my own statutory agent?
If you are just starting your business, then you can become your own statutory agent right away. When you are filing your formation documents, there is a spot available for you to fill in your statutory agent’s information—simply put your name and street address in that space, and you’re then your business’s statutory agent.
If you have already formed your Arizona LLC or Arizona corporation and wish to become your own statutory agent, the process is pretty straightforward. You will file a Statement of Change form. There are different forms for LLCs and corporations. For LLCs, this is three-page document with a $5 fee. For corporations, there’s a slightly different form with no fee. On both forms, there is a place for you to write your name and street address as the new statutory agent.
How Do I Change My Arizona Registered Agent?
- File a Registered Agent Statement of Change form with the Arizona Division of Corporations.
- The change form is available instantly if you place an order with us.
- It’s a simple process, but if you’d like more specifics, visit our guide on how to change your registered agent in Arizona.
What Makes Northwest Different From Other Services?
At Northwest, we do business the right way. We’re dedicated to getting you your docs fast, protecting your privacy and offering you support. Here’s how:
- Same-Day Scans, Instant Notifications: We accept and scan your docs at our local office the same day. We notify you instantly and reach out to you if your essential mail goes unread.
- Privacy by Default®: We automatically minimize the exposure of and access to your personal data. If we can put our address on a public doc instead of yours, we do. If we don’t have to list your personal info, we don’t. We have tough privacy policies to keep your data safe and private. And we never sell your data.
- Free Limited Mail Forwarding: Of course we’ll get you your state and legal mail. That’s our job. But what if we get some of your regular business mail? It happens a lot—clients and businesses trying to connect with you via your registered agent. We scan 5 documents per year for FREE. We can also scan additional mail at a per document rate of $15.
- Corporate Guides®: Have questions? We have answers. Our guides are business experts whose sole job is to provide phone and email support for all your toughest business questions.
Arizona Registered Agent FAQs
Why Do I Need An Arizona Registered Agent?
- All businesses registered with the state must appoint a statutory agent.
- The Arizona Corporations Commission and the Secretary of State will reject your filing if you do not appoint one.
- So that the government and general public have a reliable way to contact your Arizona business with legal notices and other types of important mail.
Can I Be My Own Registered Agent in Arizona?
Yes, you can be your own registered agent in Arizona. With that said, however, after considering the registered agent requirements most business owners elect to hire a registered agent service instead. Why? Well although being your own registered agent will cost you $0, an Arizona registered agent’s name and address becomes part of the public record. Additionally, the registered agent is required to be available to accept service of process during normal business hours 5 days a week.
Where Is Northwest’s Registered Office In Arizona?
Oro Valley, AZ. This is where receive, scan and upload your documents.
Can I Use Your Arizona Registered Office Address For Everything On My Business Filing?
Yes. We’re the only national registered agent service that allows our clients to list our address for everything when you’re doing a filing to keep you private address off public records.
Can I Have My Business’s Mail Delivered To Your Arizona Office?
We don’t want ALL of your business mail. It’s not what we do. And it wouldn’t serve you well. You wouldn’t have unique address or suite number. Any mail we receive on your behalf would come to to Northwest Registered Agent, care of you.
But we understand that businesses and clients sometimes reach out to you through your registered agent. Through us. That’s why we give you 5 FREE scans of regular business mail a year. You can request any additional documents to be forwarded at a per document rate of $15.
Should I Hire A Registered Agent Before Or After I Start My Business In Arizona?
You hire us first and then do your business registration filing with the ACC. The state won’t allow you to form an Arizona LLC or corporation without an Arizona statutory agent. Plus, you’ll find all the forms and instructions you need to complete your filing instantly after you sign up.
How Do Arizona Registered Agents Get Served?
Service on your registered agent is legal proof that you were notified. Regardless of whether you actually receive the documents your Arizona registered agent signs for, once they accept the documents, you’ve been notified. This is a serious responsibility that we do not take lightly. This is how it works:
- A process server, the county sheriff, or any third party will walk into our office and hand us the documents (service of process), which we sign for.
- The process server then gives an affidavit (a receipt of service) to the court as confirmation that they “served” us.
How Do I Find An Arizona Company's Registered Agent?
To find a company’s registered agent, you can do an Arizona business name search.
- Type in the name of the company you’re searching for.
- In the results, you’ll find the registered agent’s name and registered office street address.
If you want to legally notify a business through their Arizona registered agent service, just send a certified letter directly to the registered agent name and registered office address.
How Do I Resign As A Registered Agent In Arizona?
In Arizona, to resign as a statutory agent, you need to submit a Statutory Agent Resignation form to the Arizona Corporation Commission. For a more detailed walkthrough, you can refer to our guide on how to resign as a registered agent in Arizona.
How To Order Arizona Registered Agent Service:
You sign up online, clicking on one of the buttons or links that says “HIRE US.”
We collect the first year of the registered agent service fee up front.
For new businesses, we’ll become your Arizona registered agent service once your business registration filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission is complete.
About a year later, we’ll send you an invoice for another year of Arizona registered agent service. If you want to keep using us, great; if you don’t, you can easily cancel.
With offices in every state, we make it easy to add registered agent services anywhere in the country. We don’t farm out work (or your info) to other companies—wherever you are, WE are your registered agent.
We make your account a real go-to resource for you, not just for Arizona registered agent service or paying a bill but for keeping up with Arizona corporate compliance.
Information Your Arizona Registered Agent Should Help You Understand:
- Business formations and registrations are filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
- Domestic corporations and LLCs, as well as foreign corporations, are required to publish a notice of their formation or registration in a local newspaper for three consecutive weeks. Newspaper fees vary widely. Domestic LLCs in the counties of Maricopa and Pima are automatically published by the county at no cost.
- Domestic corporations cost $60 to form. Foreign corporations cost $175 to register. Corporations must file an annual report each year, which comes with a $45 price tag.
- Domestic LLCs cost $50 to form. Foreign LLCs cost $150 to register. Unlike corporations, LLCs aren’t required to file annual reports.
At Northwest, we can also form your LLC or form your corporation in Arizona for $100 plus state fees. As part of our commitment to Privacy by Default®, we put our business address on your filings to better protect your privacy. And you always have the support of our Corporate Guides®.