Step 1) Verify Business Name
Before you apply for a trade name in Arizona, you should make sure you’ve chosen a name that will be approved by the state. In order to be approved, your trade name must:
- Not include the word “bank”, “credit union”, “deposit”, “savings association”, “building association”, “thrift”, or “trust”, unless you’ve gotten permission from the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.
- Not contain any special symbols other than: ! @ # % > & * ( ) - + " ' : ; / ?
- Be distinguishable from any entity name already registered in the state of Arizona.
Go ahead and conduct a business name search through the AZ Corporation Commission website. If your desired name is available, you can proceed to the next step. On the other hand, if you see some potentially conflicting names, you’ll need to make some adjustments to ensure the name you apply for is distinguishable from any other name on record.
Refer to this page to find out exactly what a “distinguishable” name looks like in Arizona.
Step 2) Fill Out Online Application
As of June 2017, the Arizona Secretary of State requires all trade name applications to be done online. So, don’t waste time downloading or printing out the PDF version that’s posted on their website.
The online application will ask you for the following information:
- Your desired trade name
- The date your business first used the trade name in Arizona
- Your business type (sole proprietorship, corporation, etc.)
- A description of the nature of the business
- Your name, signature and contact information
One perk to online filing is that the trade name applications no longer need to be notarized, which speeds the process up a bit on your end!
Step 3) Send In Completed Trade Name Form
Once you’ve completed and submitted your online application, simply wait for the Arizona Secretary of State to review it. Their typical turnaround time for trade name applications is 2 - 3 weeks.
If your trade name request is rejected, they’ll send you an email explaining why they weren’t able to accept it. If it’s approved, you’ll receive an email prompting you to pay the $10.00 filing fee, and once they process the payment they’ll send over the name certificate!
Need Help Filing Your DBA?
Filing a DBA in Arizona isn’t the toughest task out there, but it does require a decent amount of research. If you decide you’re up for it, follow the steps above one-by-one and you should be golden.
Alternatively, many folks choose to delegate their DBA filing to a professional so they can focus their energy on the other needs of their business. If this sounds like your style, check out our favorite DBA filing services to get all the logistics handed for you!