1. Name your LLC
This is the first and most important step in starting your LLC. 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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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 Statutory Agent? The statutory 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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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.
Download the PDF and Cover Letter:
Articles of Incorporation - 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.
Important: If you're expanding your existing LLC to Arizona you are forming a Foreign LLC. Learn how.
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.