All businesses should complete an Arizona Business Name Search before forming an Arizona LLC.
We'll show you how to check LLC name availability in our Arizona Corporations Commission guide below.
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Arizona Entity Search
1. Follow Arizona Naming Guidelines
We recommend making sure your business name meets guidelines before completing your business name search.
Choosing a company name is the first and most important step in starting your Arizona LLC. Be sure to choose a name that complies with Arizona naming requirements and is easily searchable by potential clients.
Be sure to follow these naming guidelines:
- Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or one of its abbreviations (LLC or L.L.C.).
- Your name cannot include words that could confuse your LLC with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).
- Restricted words (e.g. Bank, Attorney, University) may require additional paperwork and a licensed individual, such as a doctor or lawyer, to be part of your LLC.
- For more information, check out Arizona's Corporation Commission.
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2. Do an Arizona Business Name Search
Before filing your name reservation request, you can use the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Business Entity Search to check the availability of your desired name. To perform the most effective search, type in the name you would like to use, excluding identifiers like “LLC”, and leave all other boxes blank. This will return all entities using the same or similar names. If you can't find the name in your search, that means the name has not been taken and is available for you to use.
NOTE: Arizona does not register DBAs or trade names, so if you are looking to register a DBA or trade name, you can do so with the County Recorder’s office. You can also register a trade name with the Arizona Secretary of State.
3. Search Available Domain Names
Another important consideration to make when selecting a business name is whether or not your desired web domain name is available. Having a URL that clearly matches your business name is important. This seemingly small step can make a big difference in how prospective customers find your business.
The best way to determine if your desired URL is available is to search for it online using your preferred domain registry, such as GoDaddy.
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4. Reserve Your Arizona Business Entity Name
Arizona’s Corporate Commission handles all LLC naming questions and requests. Arizona requires all domestic and foreign LLCs to obtain a Certificate of Name Reservation before filing formation documents to ensure the chosen name is available for use. This certificate can be requested online or by mail.
When reserving your name, you will have to pay a filing fee. You can file either online or by mail, each option having its own advantages. While you will end up paying more if you file online, your application will be expedited and have special priority. If you want to keep your filing costs down, you may want to consider filing a paper application by mail instead.
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File Online with the Arizona Corporation Commission
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File by Mail or In-Person
Fee: $45 (online), $10 (by mail or in-person)
Expedited Mailing Fee: $35
Mail or File In-Person at:
Arizona Corporation Commission
Corporate Filings Section
1300 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
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While reserving the name for your Arizona LLC is straightforward, there are some other things you should think about when choosing the best name for your business. You may want to do a Trademark and Social Media search for your name to see if it's available for use across the internet. This will help ensure you have full, unrestricted use of your business name.
Conducting a trademark search of your business name and associated slogans or logos before registering can help prevent costly litigation in the future. Discovering that another entity has trademarked your business name does not automatically disqualify you from using it.
However, it is important to know who is using the name, what industry they operate in, and where they are located to be sure you do not inadvertently infringe upon anyone’s intellectual property rights.
To complete this step:
Social Media Search
Just as important, or more so, than finding a domain name that fits your business is ensuring that your business name is available for use across social media platforms. You can do this by simply searching your business name on each major site, or use a tool such as Namecheckr to search across all platforms at once.
Having a name for your business is an important first step for creating a successful LLC, and one that is incredibly easy to do. Once you have found your preferred name using Arizona's Business Entity Search, you'll want to secure your domain name so that your customers will be able to find your business online. Reserving your name with a Certificate of Name Reservation will help you stand out from the competition. With your name secured, you will be ready to take the next steps to formalize your LLC.