How to Form an LLC in Arizona
Arizona Corporation Commission—Corporations Division
1300 West Washington Street—1st Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2946
Statutory Authority: Arizona Limited Liability Company Act — Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 29-4 (2011)
Arizona LLC General Filing Instructions
1. Confirm availability of company name and reserve if necessary.
2. Complete the “Articles of Organization.”
3. Complete either the “Manager Structure Attachment” or “Member Structure Attachment.”
4. Complete the “Statutory Agent Acceptance.”
5. Complete the “Cover Sheet”
6. Submit the completed documents, along with a photocopy of each and filing fees, to the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Arizona Articles of Organization
The following information is legally necessary and sufficient to form a limited liability company in Arizona:
1. Entity type
2. Entity name
3. Statutory agent name and address
4. Address of known place of business
6. Management structure
7. Name, address, and signature of each organizer
Arizona LLC Fee Schedule
Application to Reserve Limited Liability Company Name: $10.00
Articles of Organization: $50.00
Application for Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company: $150.00
Expedited Service: $35.00
Certified Copy: $5.00
Articles of Termination: $35.00
Your company name must end with a limited liability company designator. In Arizona the specific limited liability company designators are: “Limited Liability Company” “Limited Company” “L.L.C.” “LLC” “L.C.” “LC”
Conduct an entity name search on the Arizona Corporation Commission website to confirm the availability of your company name.
If the name you want is available you can reserve it for 120 days by filing an “Application to Reserve Corporation Name” and paying a name reservation fee of $10.00. NOTE: Reserving your company name is optional.
The registered agent maintains a physical presence in the state to accept service of process, annual report notices, and other communications directed to the company and to forward the same to the company to which the service, notice, or communication is directed.
Arizona requires that every business entity have and maintain a registered agent in the state. The registered agent may be either an Arizona resident or active Arizona business entity that has an Arizona street address and consents to accept legal papers on your company’s behalf. Post office boxes and commercial personal mail boxes are not acceptable.
NOTE: Your company should not serve as its own registered agent. You can, however, personally serve as registered agent provided you are an Arizona resident and have an Arizona street address.
The state provided forms ask for and specify what is legally sufficient and necessary to form an Arizona limited liability company. Nevertheless, Arizona permits you to add other provisions to your Articles of Organization as an attachment.
The most common optional provisions are the following:
☐ Management of a limited liability company by designated managers
☐ Appointment of managers by a designated member or group
☐ Indemnification of members
☐ Indemnification of managers
☐ Right to admit new members
☐ Right to continue upon dissolution of dissociation
Post Formation and Ongoing Compliance
1. Draft and adopt an operating agreement.
2. Obtain a federal employer identification number by completing IRS Form SS-4.
3. If electing alternative tax entity filing status complete IRS Form 8832.
4. Open company bank account.
5. Create and maintain company records book.
Registering as a Foreign Entity
1. Complete the “Application for Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company.”
2. Attach a certificate of existence or certificate of good standing or similar document from the state of organization that is dated not more than 60 days prior to its delivery to the Arizona Corporation Commission.
3. Complete a “Statutory Agent Acceptance.”
4. Submit the completed documents, along with the $150.00 filing fee, to the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Dissolving an Arizona LLC
1. Make sure that all property and assets have bee distributed.
2. Complete the “Articles of Termination.”
3. Complete the “Cover Sheet.”
4. Submit the completed documents, along with the $35.00 filing fee, to the Arizona Corporation Commission.