Arizona LLC

How to Form an LLC in Arizona

How to Form an LLC in ArizonaAn Arizona Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a legal structure used to protect your personal assets (home, car, bank account) in the event your business is sued.

An LLC can be used to operate a business, or an LLC can be used to hold assets (such as real estate, vehicles, boats, or aircraft).

Forming an LLC in Arizona is simple. Search your Arizona LLC name in the state database and select your Statutory Agent.

File your LLC Articles of Organization ($50) with the Arizona Corporation Commission and wait for approval.

After your Arizona LLC is approved, complete your LLC Operating Agreement and get your LLC’s EIN Number from the IRS.

And finally, file your Notice of Publication in a local newspaper for 3 runs to meet the Arizona Publication Requirement.

We’ve created a free course that will walk you through forming your own Arizona LLC, step-by-step.

On desktop, the lessons are listed on your right. On mobile, the lessons are listed at the bottom of the page.

Need to save time? Hire a professional to form your LLC in Arizona:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)
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15 Comments

  1. Sally Carlton February 25, 2018

    Hello Matt. From what I am reading it’s best to form the LLC in the state the property is in.

    Our scenario. We live in Indiana but have purchased property in Arizona as an investment property not a second residence.

    Thank you,
    Sally Carlton

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    • Matt Horwitz February 25, 2018

      Hi Sally, yes, that is correct. The LLC should be formed in the state where the property is located since that is where you are legally doing business. Hope that helps.

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      • APB March 20, 2018

        Are they required to also the Arizona LLC as a foreign LLC, and form an LLC in Indiana where they live?

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        • Matt Horwitz March 27, 2018

          Hi APB, usually no, unless it’s California. They would not need to register the Arizona LLC as a Foreign LLC in Indiana. And they would not need to form a Domestic LLC in Indiana (if they form a Domestic LLC in Arizona). The business is being done in Arizona, so that’s where the registration should take place. Here’s a related article: Domestic LLC vs Foreign LLC. Hope that helps.

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  2. Scott March 25, 2018

    I have a client who develops apps and operates as a sole proprietor, in New York. He is considering forming an LLC, but is afraid of the costs of registering in New York, namely advertising requirements. Is there any reason why he should not register the LLC in Arizona (only a $50 filing fee),and apply to do business in New York? Do the operations need to be done in Arizona?

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    • Matt Horwitz March 26, 2018

      Hey Scott, yes, there are many reasons why he shouldn’t register outside of New York, since that is where he is legally doing business. Check out “best state for LLC” for more info. If he forms an LLC in Arizona, but is doing business in New York, he’ll have to register the Arizona LLC as a Foreign LLC in New York. Also, if he follows our New York LLC course (follow the lessons in order), we explain how to save money on the newspaper publication costs. Hope that helps :)

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  3. Michael March 31, 2018

    Hi Matt
    My friend and I live in California. We want to register an Arizona LLC to pool money together and invest in a startup. The startup is losing money for the next 3 years at least. Do we need to register a foreign LLC in CA in this case? We don’t operate any business in CA.
    Thanks

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    • Matt Horwitz April 8, 2018

      By the very nature of residing in California, if you form an LLC out of state, you’ll be required to register as a Foreign LLC and file annual franchise tax and other tax filings with the California Franchise Tax Board (or you can just form a Domestic LLC in CA to begin with). Whether or not you gain or lose money, or have lots of activity or none at all, it doesn’t matter. California law, both corporate law and tax law are written in such a manner in which by the very nature of living in California and making a phone call about your Arizona (or other state) LLC, you’re “doing business” in California. So although you think you don’t operate a business in California, the state things otherwise. Hope that helps.

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  4. TOM CALGARO April 3, 2018

    My Arizona LLC company sells home seller leads to retail merchants and insurance companies nationwide. Does my LLC have to file as a foreign LLC in other States?

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    • Matt Horwitz April 8, 2018

      Hey Tom, no, likely not, unless you are “doing business” in those states. “Doing business” has much more to do with where you are operating from, not where your clients are. Hope that helps.

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  5. Cris April 23, 2018

    Hi Matt,
    I use to live in Florida and New Jersey. Currently living abroad mostly traveling but also running an online travel agency(and other mostly online projects which allows working remotely). Although a non resident I need to register an Arizona LLC(or wherever makes more sense) to gain access to some large cruise lines tools for travel agents(it’s their requirement to be registered in US). However the business is operated online(various countries depends where we are ) and won’t operate in a particular US state. What are your thoughts on this? How non residents should register a LLC in this case? or should I go for it as sole proprietor?
    Many thanks

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    • Matt Horwitz April 27, 2018

      Hey Cris, we don’t recommend a Sole Proprietorship over an LLC for liability reasons (see LLC vs sole proprietor). Do you file income taxes at the state level? Since you’re likely not doing business in any particular state by the nature of you residing/living there, you likely have all states open to you. And the decision should then be more influenced by taxes, so we recommend speaking with an accountant to discuss strategy. Hope that helps.

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  6. Diana May 7, 2018

    Hi Matt,

    I have a TIN for my DBA, and now want to “convert” to LLC. Will the IRS transfer the current TIN, or will I need to get a new one? The business name isn’t changing, except to add LLC.

    Thanks much!!

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    • Matt Horwitz May 16, 2018

      Hi Diana, the IRS will not automatically transfer the EIN from the DBA to your LLC. You can transfer the EIN by sending a letter to the IRS. More info here: convert Sole Proprietorship to LLC. Or you can cancel the EIN and then get a new one for your LLC. Cancelling and then getting a new EIN is usually easier and guarantees “cleaner” records (less confusion). Hope that helps.

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  7. Tiey M July 15, 2018

    Good morning Matt,

    In “2016” I received certified mail stating that 25% of a previous job wages were going to be garnished, but I had already changed employment. After research I discovered that in “2010” a judgement was filed in Santa monica, CA civil court against me. I never received any previous notification. The judgment was for some apartment the I never lived in. I’m living in the state of Arizona. I have not heard anything about this matter since 2016. My question is if I open a business account with my new LLC, will they be able to freeze my account, because my ssn is attached to my business checking account? and if the judgement was filed in “2010′ is there some sort of statue of limitations? I thought it was 7 years in California.

    Thanks

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