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Arizona LLC Articles of Organization
How to form an LLC in Arizona
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Arizona.
Arizona LLC Costs:
Arizona LLC formation: $50 (regular) or $85 (expedited)
Arizona LLC annual report: none
(check out Northwest vs LegalZoom)
Arizona LLC Formation
In this lesson, we will walk you through filing your Articles of Organization with the Arizona Corporation Commission (AZCC).
The Articles of Organization is the document that officially forms your Arizona LLC.
Arizona LLC Filing Fee:
The Arizona LLC filing fee is either $50 or $85, depending on how quickly you’d like your LLC approved:
- $50 filing fee = 22 business days approval time
- $85 filing fee = 9 business days approval time
These are one-time filings fees.
Note: The “LLC filing fee” (the fee to create an Arizona LLC) is the same thing as the “Articles of Organization fee”. The Articles of Organization is the document, that once approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission, creates your Arizona LLC.
Methods of LLC filing:
You can form an Arizona LLC online or by mail. The filing fees are the same, however, an online filing is quicker by 2-3 business days since you don’t have to wait on mail time.
We recommend filing your Arizona LLC Articles of Organization online. The filing is much easier and your LLC will be approved a little bit quicker than the mail filing.
This lesson is focused on the online filing (with step-by-step instructions), however, we also have general overview information for the mail filing as well.
Prior LLC University® lessons
Before filing your LLC Articles of Organization, make sure you have read the two prior lessons:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)
(check out Northwest vs LegalZoom)
Arizona LLC Articles of Organization (by Mail)
Download the Articles of Organization form:
Arizona LLC Articles of Organization (Form L010)
When forming an Arizona LLC by mail, you’ll need to include 3 additional documents along with your Articles of Organization:
Accepted Forms of Payment: Check or Money Order
Make Payable To: “Arizona Corporation Commission”
Mailing Instructions: Send your $50 filing fee (or $85 filing fee) along with the Articles of Organization, Cover Sheet, Statutory Agent Acceptance, and the Membership Attachment to:
Arizona Corporation Commission
1300 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Arizona LLC Articles of Organization (Online)
In order to form an Arizona LLC online, you must create an eCorp account:
After you register with your name and email address, the AZCC will send you an email with a temporary password. Check your email, find the temporary password, then Login to eCorp (https://ecorp.azcc.gov/AzAccount) and you’ll be redirected to a page where you can change your password.
- Once logged into eCorp, click “Online Services (https://ecorp.azcc.gov/OnlineMenu/Index)
- Hover over “Start a New Business” and click “Frequent User”
- Click “Form an LLC or PLLC”
- Select “Limited Liability Company” and then click “Next”
Note: A Professional LLC (PLLC) is necessary for licensed professionals, such as doctors, lawyers, dentists, engineers, nurses, clinical social workers, physical therapists, veterinarians, and more. You’ll need to check with the agency or board which administers your state license to find out the requirements, or you can speak to an attorney.
Don’t use your browser’s back button:
While going through the online filing, make sure not to use your browser’s back button. It will send you to the beginning and it won’t save your work. Instead, use the built-in “back” buttons (in the lower left).
1. Entity Search
Prior LLC University® lesson: Remember, make sure you read the Arizona LLC Name Search lesson before proceeding.
Have you reserved a name for this entity?
This won’t apply to most filers since an LLC name reservation is not required when forming an LLC in Arizona. If you don’t have an LLC name reservation, just click “No”.
Enter your desired Arizona LLC name including the designator (ex: “LLC”) and click “Search”. The eCorp system will tell you whether or not your name is available for use. Once you see “The Name is Available”, then click “Next” to proceed.
2. Entity Information
Entity email address:
This field is optional, so you can leave it blank if you’d like or enter your email address.
The LLC effective date is the date your Arizona LLC officially goes into existence. Think of it as the date your LLC is “born”. If you leave the effective date as-is, your LLC will go into existence on today’s date. If you prefer for your LLC to go into existence in the future, you can enter a forward-date, but it can’t be more than 90 days ahead.
Tip: If you’re forming your Arizona LLC later in the year (October, November, December) and you don’t need your LLC open right away, you can give your LLC an effective date of January 1st of the following year. This will save you the hassle of filing taxes for those few months with no business activity.
Character of Business:
• If you’d like to be specific about the purpose of your LLC, you can select from the dropdown menu and its sub-menu.
• If you’d like for your LLC to have a general purpose, you can select “Any legal purpose”.
Duration means how long your Arizona LLC will exist for. “Perpetual (forever)” means the LLC will remain open until the owner files paperwork to dissolve – shut down – the LLC (as opposed to have the LLC automatically shut down on a future date). If you prefer for your LLC to automatically shut down on a future date, you can enter that here (although this is not common).
Note: Most filers choose “Perpetual (forever)”.
Then click “Next” to proceed.
3. Statutory Agent
FYI: The term “Statutory Agent” and “Registered Agent” mean the same thing. Arizona officially uses the term “Statutory Agent”, however, “Registered Agent” is a more commonly used term in the industry.
Prior LLC University® lesson: Remember, you have 3 options for who can be your Arizona LLC Statutory Agent. Make sure you have read the Arizona LLC Statutory Agent lesson before proceeding as this will impact your address privacy and whether or not you’ll need to meet the newspaper publication requirement.
If you, a friend, or family member are going to be the Statutory Agent for your LLC:
• Select “No”, and then click the “Create Agent” button.
• Then enter your/their name, address (city and county will auto-complete), and email address; then click “Done”. Then click “Next” to proceed.
If you hired Northwest Registered Agent:
• Select “Yes”, enter “Northwest” into the search box, and click “Search”.
• You will see numerous results for Northwest Registered Agent that all look the same.
• Important: Make sure you select a result that has [email protected] listed in the email column.
• Then click “Next” to proceed.
If you hired a different Commercial Statutory Agent:
• Select “Yes”, search for their company in the results, select the correct one, and then click “Next” to proceed.
IMPORTANT – Statutory Agent Email Acceptance:
After submitting your filing online, the AZCC will send an email to your LLC’s Statutory Agent. Your Statutory Agent must accept their position by clicking a confirmation link in that email. The AZCC gives the Statutory Agent 7 days to click the confirmation link.
4. Known Place of Business
Enter your Arizona LLC’s Known Place of Business address and zip code (city and county will auto-complete) and then click “Next” to proceed.
A Known Place of Business is a street address in Arizona where your LLC is located.
This can be a home address, an office address, or the address of your Commercial Statutory Agent (if they allow it).
(Note: We have some address privacy tips in our Statutory Agent lesson. Be sure to check them out since information entered in your Articles of Organization will be public record. Furthermore, the address you list here will determine where you must meet your newspaper publication requirements.)
If your business doesn’t have a physical location, then it should be an address in Arizona where your LLC’s records and paperwork are kept. In most cases, this will be your home address.
As per AZCC rules, Known Place of Business address requirements are as follows:
- Must be located in Arizona
- Must be a street address
- Can’t be a PO Box address
- Can’t be a PMB (private mailbox) or CMRA (commercial mail receiving agency), such as The UPS Store or any mailbox rental facility
5. Principal Information
From the drop-down menu, select whether your LLC will be Member-Managed or Manager-Managed.
- A Member-Managed LLC is where all the owners have the ability to bind the Arizona LLC in contracts and agreements, as well as run the business and day-to-day operations.
- A Manager-Managed LLC is where only one, or a few designated people (called “managers”), have the ability to bind the Arizona LLC in contracts and agreements, as well as run the business and day-to-day operations. The other members cannot bind the LLC in contracts and agreements, and they can’t take part in running the business and day-to-day operations. Instead, they take a passive/investor role.
For more information, please see:
Member-managed LLC vs Manager-managed LLC.
What do most filers do? Most filers choose to have their LLC be Member-Managed.
After you select how your LLC will be managed, you will need to enter the LLC Member(s) and/or LLC Manager(s) information below.
After you enter the LLC Member or LLC Manager information, click “Add Principal” to save the record. Continue adding other Members/Managers (if applicable) and then click “Next” to proceed.
Note: For Manager-Managed LLCs, you may be confused by the “Title” drop-down menu. Please see our LLC officers titles article for clarification on which title to use for each Manager and/or Member.
6. Organizer Information
Enter the LLC Organizer’s name (address, phone, and email aren’t required), click “Add Organizer”, and then click “Next” to proceed.
An LLC Organizer is simply the person or company who is signing the Articles of Organization and submitting it to the AZCC.
Although an owner of your LLC (Member) may also be the LLC Organizer, an LLC Organizer is not automatically an owner of your LLC.
Only 1 Organizer is required to sign the filing, however, you can have multiple LLC Organizers if you’d like.
For more information, please see LLC Organizer vs LLC Member.
Note: Ownership (Members) are listed in Section 5 of your Articles of Organization as well as in your LLC’s Operating Agreement, which we’ll discuss in the next lesson.
7. Upload Document
The eCorp system will take the information you’ve entered and create the Articles of Organization. Do you want to use the eCorp Articles as your official document submitted for filing?
Most filers select “Yes” and then click “Next” to proceed (without uploading any documents).
Some reasons why you’d select “No” (and then upload a document) are:
- You’ve designed your own Articles of Organization (which is rare)
- You hired an attorney and they prefer to use their customized Articles of Organization (although if you hired an attorney, they’d most likely be taking care of your online filing)
- Your attorney recommends adding additional provisions or articles
8. Organizer Signature
If you are your LLC’s Organizer (which is the case for most of our readers), check off the box agreeing to the terms, enter your first and last name in the signature box, click “Add”, and then click “Next” to proceed.
Note: If you listed multiple Organizers in Section 6, make sure each person adds their signature on this page.
Review the information you entered in your LLC’s Articles of Organization and look for any mistakes or typos. If you need to make any changes, click any of the “EDIT” buttons on the right. If all looks good, click “Go to Payment Details” to proceed.
Choose whether you’d like to pay the $50 regular fee or the $35 expedite fee ($85 total) and then click “Add to Shopping Cart”.
- $50 filing fee = 22 business days approval time
- $85 filing fee = 9 business days approval time
Then click “Go to Payment”.
Agree to the terms by clicking “I Agree”.
Enter your billing information, your credit card information, and then click “Pay”.
Congratulations! Your Arizona LLC filing has been submitted to the AZCC for processing.
Now you just need to wait for approval.
Arizona LLC Approval
After submitting your Arizona LLC Articles of Organization online, the AZCC will approve your LLC within 22 business days, which is about a month (unless you’ve paid extra for an expedited filing; then it’ll be about 9 business days).
Once your Arizona LLC is approved you’ll receive an email notification and be able to download the following 2 documents:
- Approval Letter (which includes instructions on the publication requirements)
- Notice of Publication (fill in the blanks and then send to newspapers, if applicable)
Download your Articles of Organization (stamped and approved):
The state doesn’t send back an approved copy of your LLC’s Articles of Organization.
In order to download a copy, search your LLC name (https://ecorp.azcc.gov/EntitySearch/Index), click on your LLC in the results, scroll down to the bottom and click “Document History”. Then click on “Articles of Organization” to download a copy.
Note: We’ll discuss the newspaper publication requirements in an upcoming lesson.
Next Step: Operating Agreement
Once you file your Articles of Organization and it is approved by the AZCC, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Arizona LLC Operating Agreement.
Arizona Corporation Commission (AZCC)
If you have any questions, you can contact the Arizona Corporation Commission (AZCC) at 602-542-3026 for fastest response. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. You can also email them at [email protected] for a 24-48 hour response.
Arizona LLC Act: Section 10-122
Arizona LLC Act: Section 10-202
Arizona LLC Act: Section 10-501
Arizona LLC Act: Section 10-502
Arizona LLC Act: Section 10-504
Arizona LLC Act: Section 29-604
Arizona LLC Act: Section 29-605
Arizona LLC Act: Section 29-632
Arizona LLC Act: Section 29-851
Arizona LLC Act: Section 10-3122
Arizona State Legislature: Senate Bill 1353
Arizona Corporation Commission: Fee and payment info
Arizona Corporation Commission: Fee schedule for LLCs
Arizona Corporation Commission: Frequently asked questions
Arizona Corporation Commission: Articles of Organization instructions
Arizona Corporation Commission: 10 steps to starting a business in Arizona
Arizona Corporation Commission: New legislative summary (August 9, 2017)