Step 1. Name your LLC
The first and most important step in starting your LLC in Arizona is choosing a name. Do some research to make sure the name you choose is suited to your business venture and is easily searchable for potential clients.
- Follow the naming guidelines: Your entity name must contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC. Restricted words require additional paperwork (e.g. Banc, Bank, Banque, etc) and/or licensed individuals (e.g. Doctor, Engineer, etc). to be part of the LLC. Prohibited words are those that would confuse the name of your LLC with a federal or state agency e.g. FBI, Secret Service, Treasury etc.
- Is the name available? Make sure the name isn't already taken by doing a name search on the Arizona website.
- Is the URL available? Check to see if the name of your LLC is available so that you can reserve your domain name. Even if you don't plan to make a website today, you may want to buy the domain name in order to prevent others from acquiring it.
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Step 2. Choose a Statutory Agent
You MUST nominate a Statutory Agent for your LLC in Arizona
What is a Statutory Agent? A statutory agent, also known as a registered agent, is a person or business nominated by your company to officially receive and send papers on your behalf including annual state filings.
Who can be a Registered Agent? The registered agent must be a resident of Arizona or a corporation authorized to transact business in Arizona. You may elect an individual within the company including yourself.
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Step 3. File the Articles of Organization
How to register your LLC with the State of Arizona
File the Articles of Organization for a Domestic LLC
Begin Online Application
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Download all 4 PDF's to get started:
Articles of Organization - Domestic LLC Arizona
Fee: $50 to file the Articles of Incorporation and Cover Sheet. Additional $35 for expedited processing.
Follow the instructions on the PDF's.
Important: If you're expanding your existing LLC to Arizona you are forming a Foreign LLC. Learn how.
Step 4. Create an Operating Agreement
What is an Operating Agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of your LLC. This agreement allows you to form financial/working relationships with co-owners into an established system suitable to your business. It is not required to form an LLC in Arizona, but is good practice to have one.
Recommended: We provide a free operating agreement however we recommend getting one professional drafted by a lawyer, especially if you are starting a multi-member LLC.