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Here are the steps you need to take to form an LLC in Arizona. For more information on how to form an LLC in any state, see our article Forming an LLC - A 50 State Guide.

If you're ready to set up your LLC today, you can do so in any state through LegalZoom for $149 plus filing fees. To get started, click here.

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Step 1. Choose a name for your LLC

The first step to forming your LLC is to come up with a name. When doing so, there are a few things you need to look out for.

1. Follow Arizona's naming guidelines

  • In Arizona, your business name must contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC.
  • Restricted words (e.g. Bank, Attorney, University) require additional paperwork and may require a licensed individual, such as a doctor or lawyer, to be part of the LLC.
  • Prohibited words are those that would cause the public to mistake the name of your LLC with a federal or state agency (e.g. FBI, Secret Service, Treasury etc.)

2. Check that the name is available

The name must be distinguishable from the names of other businesses already on file with in Arizona. You can check Arizona's business name database to see if your name is available.

3. Check to see if the domain is available

You don't necessarily need a .com domain, but if you want to make sure you're going to have a domain, it's best to get one before you file any documents with the state. You can check to see if your domain name is available on GoDaddy.com.

Step 2. Choose a statutory agent

In Arizona, you are required to nominate a statutory agent for your LLC.

A statutory agent (or a registered agent) is a person or business that agrees to send and receive legal papers on behalf of your LLC, such as service of process of legal action and state filings.

Your registered agent must be a resident of Arizona - either a business entity or an individual.

You can learn more about registered agents here.

Step 3. File your Articles of Organization

Filing your Articles of Organization with the state of Arizona officially registers your LLC with the state.

The articles of organization must include the following:

  • The LLC's name and address
  • The LLC’s duration
  • The names and addresses of the LLC’s mangers or members
  • Your statutory agent's name, address, and signature

The articles can be mailed or filed online.

If you want to file your articles of organization by mail, you'll need the following documents:

The filing fee is $50.

Step 4. Publish a notice of LLC formation

Within 60 days after your filings have been approved by the Commission, Arizona requires newly formed LLCs to publish a notice of organization in an approved newspaper in the county where the LLC does business in for three consecutive weeks.

LLC's doing business in Maricopa County or Pima County do NOT have to do this.

Step 5. Prepare your operating agreement

You aren't required to have an operating agreement in Arizona, but it's a good idea to have one in place that outlines the ownership and operation procedures of your LLC.

Check out this guide for more on creating an operating agreement for your LLC.

Step 6. Get an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is basically a social security number for your business. It's used by the government to identify your business and track tax payments.

You'll need an EIN to file federal and local taxes, and some bank accounts require you to have one in order to open an account with them.

You can get your EIN here.

Step 7. Get the appropriate business licenses

Depending on the type of business and where it's located, you may need to get other local business licenses. For more details, check out this resource.

If you're ready to set up your LLC today, you can do so in any state through LegalZoom for $149 plus filing fees. To get started, click here.

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