How to Start an LLC in Arizona

L L C members happy after starting an L L C in Arizona

LLCs are the most popular structure for small businesses in Arizona. That's because starting and running a limited liability company (LLC) is very simple and offers important benefits.

LLCs can protect your personal assets (car, house, savings) if something happens to your business. LLCs also offer credibility and options to save on taxes.

It’s easy to form an LLC in Michigan online yourself. Just follow these steps:

  1. Name Your LLC
  2. Choose a Registered Agent
  3. File the AZ Articles of Organization
  4. Publish Notice of LLC Formation
  5. Create an LLC Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN

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Starting an LLC in Arizona is Easy

You can form an Arizona LLC online by filing the AZ Articles of Organization with the Corporation Commission. The cost to set up an LLC in Arizona is $50.

Follow our How to Start an LLC in Arizona guide below to get started.

Steps to form an L L C in Arizona

Step 1: Create A Name For Your Arizona LLC

Before you register your LLC, you'll need to come up with a name. Your business name needs to be catchy for branding purposes and legitimate for legal purposes.

We go into depth on this topic in our LLC naming guide. We’ll go over the basics below.

Naming Your LLC

First, brainstorm some possibilities. Use our LLC name generator to get the ideas flowing.

Next, make sure your name meets Arizona guidelines:

  • it contains the words limited liability company, limited company, or LLC or L.L.C.
  • it doesn't contain the words bank, credit union, deposit, savings association, building association, thrift, or trust without approval
  • it's distinguishable from any other entity or trade name registered in Arizona
  • full list of Arizona naming guidelines

Next, do an Arizona LLC name search with the Corporation Commission to find out if your name is available in Arizona.

If your business name is available and meets guidelines, you’ll be able to register it when you file your Arizona Articles of Organization with the Corporations Commission.

Is the URL available? Before you commit 100% to a name, check to see if there’s a good web domain available.

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Step 2: Appoint An Arizona Statutory Agent

When you file your Articles of Organization, you'll need to list a registered agent, known as a statutory agent in Arizona.

A registered agent's job is to accept legal documents like service of process and tax notices for your LLC.

Your registered agent can be a person or a registered agent service. You can act as your own registered agent, but many business owners choose to use a registered agent service.

Here are a few things to think about before you decide to act as your own registered agent:

  • You’ll need to be available during normal (9 am - 5 pm) business hours at the address you provide
  • If you run your business from home, you’ll have to make your personal address public
  • You could be served with a lawsuit in front of your family or coworkers

Step 3: File the Articles of Organization

It’s time to officially form your Arizona LLC by filing your Articles of Organization with the Corporations Commission. The filing fee is $50. 

You can file online with the Corporations Commission or fill out a hard copy of the following forms: 

  1. Articles of Organization
  2. Statutory Agent Acceptance
  3. Manager Structure Form or Member Structure Form
  4. Cover Sheet

Recommended: Now is a good time to decide if your LLC will be member-managed vs manager-managed.

You'll need to know the following information to complete each "Article":

  1. Entity Name
  2. Statutory Agent Name and Principal Address
  3. Governing Authority Type (LLC Management Structure)

For more detailed help with completing the form, visit our Arizona Articles of Organization guide.

Mail Your Articles of Organization:

If mailing your LLC application, send the forms linked above to the following address:

Arizona Corporation Commission
Corporate Filings Section
1300 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

How long does it take to get an LLC approved? The LLC processing time can be up to 30 business days. Expedited processing is available.

Step 4: Complete Arizona LLC Publication Requirements

You are required to publish your Arizona LLC name, address, and Statutory Agent info in an approved newspaper in the county of the LLC's principal address.

You'll also need to state whether your LLC is member-managed or manager-managed, as well as the names and addresses of your manager(s) or members.

Recommended: Search for a full list of approved newspapers, organized by county.

Read our full guide for Arizona LLC publication requirements to learn more.

Step 5: Draft An Arizona Operating Agreement

Creating an Arizona LLC operating agreement is the only way to legally lock down your LLC’s management and ownership structure. Having this document in place will give you something to return to if a dispute or lawsuit arises. 

Even single-member LLCs benefit from having an operating agreement.

Your operating agreement should outline the following:

  • Each member’s responsibilities
  • How new members will be admitted
  • How existing members may transfer or terminate their membership
  • How profits and dividends will be distributed

You can add as many provisions as you want, as long as they don't conflict with Arizona business law. Take a look at our What is an Operating Agreement guide to learn more.

Download a template or create a custom Free Operating Agreement using our tool.

Step 6: Get an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is like a Social Security number (SSN) for your company. The IRS and the state of Michigan will use this number to track your business activity.

Your EIN will come in handy when it’s time to:

  • Open a business bank account
  • File Federal and State taxes
  • Hire employees

The best way to get an EIN for your LLC in Michigan is by using the free online application on the IRS website.

Read our Get an EIN guide for instructions.

Steps After Forming an LLC

After forming your LLC, it's important to:

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