Arizona Publication Requirements

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Arizona LLC Publication Requirements

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Newspaper Publication Requirements for LLCs in Arizona

In this lesson, we will discuss the Newspaper Publication Requirement for your Arizona LLC.

This 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”).

note: 3 runs usually take 1-2 weeks, but this depends on the newspaper.

The newspaper must be located in the same county as your LLC’s Known Place of Business (it’s physical address in Arizona).

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

*Exception to the rule: If your LLC’s Known Place of Business is located in Maricopa County or Pima County, you do not have to place ads in any newspaper. Full details are here.

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 a template, or paste the following information into an email and send to [email protected]

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 form, fill in the blanks, 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, search your LLC name here, scroll down and click “Document History, and you’ll see it in the list.

Penalty

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

Next Step

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 AZCC:

602-542-3026
[email protected] (24-48 hour response time)
http://www.azcc.gov/Divisions/Administration/Contact.asp

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14 Comments

  1. Arvel E Bird April 17, 2017

    Is it the same requirement for a non-profit corp. in AZ? Why do the instructions for the cover letter for the Articles of Incorporation say “Be sure and send the Newspaper list w/the RP”?
    Thanks

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    • Matt Horwitz April 18, 2017

      Hi Arvel, apologies, but we only cover LLCs, so I’m not 100% sure. The AZCC is quite friendly though, so if you give them a call (602-542-3026), they can help answer your question.

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  2. Logan Brooks May 4, 2017

    Morning Arvel, If I fail to post my LLC in the newspaper in the 60 day time limit, what do I do then? I totally spaced this detail and need to know what I need to do to get it posted under state guidelines. Hopefully this will not null any decision on my LLC status? If you could answer that it would be great. Thanks for your help.

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    • Matt Horwitz May 4, 2017

      Hey Logan, no, it will not null any decision on your LLC’s status. Technically, your LLC is not in “good standing” status with the state, but to remedy this and to get the LLC in good standing status, just proceed as normal and publish your newspaper ad. Hope that helps.

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  3. TJ October 30, 2017

    Hi Arvel, Since my LLC will be located in Maricopa country, will I just omit the publication requirements once I receive approval?

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    • Matt Horwitz October 30, 2017

      Hi TJ, if your Arizona LLC’s Known Place of Business is located in Maricopa County or Pima County, you do not have to publish any ads in any newspaper. The Arizona Corporation Commission takes care of the LLC’s requirement to “notify the public” by publishing a notice directly on their website. You don’t have to do anything. For more info, please see here.

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      • Julie January 20, 2018

        Matt, do you know if there’s a way to get proof of the notice? (re: The Arizona Corporation Commission takes care of the LLC’s requirement to “notify the public” by publishing a notice directly on their website) I would like to send it in to the ACC as an officially scanned “notice of publication” to be found in the files section under my LLC’s listing on the ACC website, for “proof”. But when I go to search for my notice, it appears they only let one search for notices that occurred within the last 90 days, but my LLC was approved in the beginning of 2017. RE: (https://ecorp.azcc.gov/PublicNotice/Index)

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        • Matt Horwitz January 22, 2018

          Hi Julie, this is a great question. I’m not sure as we haven’t ran into this yet. I’d have someone from our time call the state and look into this for you, but it’s after hours currently. I recommend calling the Arizona Corporation Commission during business hours and asking them. I’m curious to hear what you come up, so feel free to keep me posted. Thanks.

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          • Julie January 23, 2018

            Hi Matt,
            I spoke with the ACC and the representative stated there was no need for me to publish a notice since my LLC resides in Maricopa County so it would’ve been published on their website; however there was no way to get proof of it if since it’s past the 90 days. She said if there was ever any question as to if my LLC is “real,” I could just show the acknowledgement letter I received along with the HB2447 literature.

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            • Matt Horwitz January 23, 2018

              Hi Julie, thanks for this followup. It’s very helpful! I’m thorough like you, so I think your original idea of getting the publication proof recorded on file with the AZCC was an excellent idea… but it’s a bummer that that proof is only available for 90 days. Thanks again!

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  4. Jen Howard January 26, 2018

    Hi Matt,

    I just wanted to thank you for this information. I just started a new position at an Accounting firm, and although I have extensive experience in Administrative Assistance, I did not on LLC’s which my employer wants me to handle. She being quite busy I Googled on my own and found your site. How informative!! -Jen

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    • Matt Horwitz January 27, 2018

      Hey Jen, you’re very welcome! So glad to hear we are able to help :) Thanks for your comment!

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  5. Alexis August 18, 2018

    I’m currently waiting for my LLC for my photography business, am I able to publish a website/social media accounts while I wait for completion?

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    • Matt Horwitz August 18, 2018

      Hi Alexis, I wouldn’t worry about waiting for final LLC approval before beginning building out your website and social media profiles. Hope that helps!

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