Last updated June 1, 2020

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Arizona LLC Publication Requirements

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Newspaper Publication Requirements for LLCs in Arizona

The Arizona LLC publication requirement is more annoying than it is useful, but it is still Arizona law.

Almost every* LLC formed in Arizona is required to notify the public of its formation by publishing an ad in one newspaper for 3 consecutive publications (“runs”). 3 runs usually take 1-2 weeks.

The newspaper must be located in the same county as your LLC’s Statutory Agent address.

Your ad must be published within 60 days of your LLC’s approval.

*Exception: If the address of your Arizona Statutory Agent is located in Maricopa County or Pima County, you don’t have to run any ads in the newspaper. For more information, please see LLC publication requirements for Maricopa County and Pima County.

Notice of Publication Form

As a part of your Arizona LLC approval, the state will send you a form called the Notice of Publication.

You will simply fill out the Notice of Publication with your LLC information (file number, LLC name, address, and membership information) and send it to the newspaper with your payment.

Average newspaper fees will be $60 – $120, but you will have to call a couple newspapers to check their rates.

List of Approved Newspapers & Fees

The publication fees vary by newspaper based on the county where they are located.

We recommend calling 2-3 newspapers and checking their fees and payment instructions.

Note: Some newspapers don’t have a lot of staff in the “Legals” section of the paper, so you may need to leave a message and wait a day for your answer. Also, some counties may only have 1 or 2 approved newspapers.

Here is what you can say when you call:

“Hello, I’d like to check the publication costs for my new LLC and running my Notice of Publication for 3 runs.”

Most newspapers will accept your Notice of Publication by email or regular mail.

They will take payment over the phone with a credit card, or you can mail them a check. Some newspapers may take payment online.

The following newspapers have been provided by the Arizona Corporation Commission and they meet the statutory requirements for publishing LLC documents.

Click the link below for newspaper contact information in all 15 counties:
Arizona LLC Approved Newspapers

Affidavit of Publication

After your ads have run for 3 publications, the newspaper will send you back an Affidavit of Publication, certifying that the ads have successfully run.

Tip: Make a copy of this document and keep it with your business records.

Most newspapers send the Affidavit of Publication after the “3 runs” (usually in 2-4 weeks), but if yours does not, you will need to call them to request it.

Recording your Affidavit of Publication with AZCC

Recording your Affidavit of Publication with the AZCC used to be a legal requirement, but it no longer is.

You are only legally required to keep a copy of the Affidavit of Publication with your business records.

Having said that, we recommend you record the document (at no charge) with the Arizona Corporation Commision so that if the question ever arises as to whether or not you met the legal publishing requirements, your proof is on file with the state.

How to Record Affidavit of Publication with AZCC

You can record your Affidavit of Publication with the AZCC by email or by mail. Both are free.

Record by email:

Click here to automatically generate an email template.

Alternatively, you can copy and paste the following information into an email and send to filings.corp@azcc.gov:

Re: Request to Record Affidavit of Publication
File number: {your LLC file number starts with L}
LLC name: {your LLC name}

Hello,

Please place our attached Affidavit of Publication on record with the AZCC.

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone or email below.

Thank you,
Name: {your full name}
Phone: {your phone number}
Email: {your email address}

Make sure to attach your Affidavit of Publication in the email.

Record by regular mail:

Download this Request to Record Affidavit of Publication form, fill in the blanks, and then mail to:

Arizona Corporation Commission
1300 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

To Verify:

It can take 1-2 months for the Affidavit of Publication to be recorded by the AZCC. To check to see if it’s been recorded, you can search for it in the AZCC database: Arizona Corporation Commission: Search.

Search your LLC, name scroll down and click “Document History”, and you should see the Affidavit of Publication in the list.

Penalty for not publishing

Failure to comply with the Arizona publication requirements can result in the dissolution of your LLC.

Next Step: Business licenses and permits

Once you have published your ad for 3 runs, received back an Affidavit of Publication, and filed the Affidavit of Publication with the AZCC, you can then proceed to the next Lesson: Business Licenses and Permits.

Arizona Corporation Commission Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Arizona Corporation Commission (AZCC) at 602-542-3026.

Their hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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