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Arizona Registered Agent (Statutory Agent)

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Your business must appoint an Arizona registered agent to receive documents in legal matters, including notice of lawsuit. Our reliable registered agent service fulfills this requirement. You get:

  • Same-day documents from our local office in Oro Valley
  • Immediate online access to state forms with our address and, where required, our signature
  • Annual fees from $89Multi-Year Discount to $99 per state with no additional charges
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A Guide to Appointing a Registered Agent in Arizona

If you want your for- or nonprofit organization to operate legally in Arizona, you must appoint a registered agent with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). Your agent is tasked with accepting and forwarding service of process to your organization, ensuring you can meet your legal obligations.

Before walking you through the procedure for appointing a registered agent in Arizona, we’ll outline their principal responsibilities and qualifications so you can choose the most suitable option for your organization.

We’ll also show you how Harbor Compliance performs the duties of a registered agent and why partnering with us is an excellent way to avoid missing vital notices and, down the line, serious legal consequences.

Responsibilities of Arizona Registered Agents

A registered agent (known as a statutory agent in Arizona) is the recipient of legal and other official notices on behalf of your organization. They’re your main point of contact with the Arizona Corporations Commission, and you can’t form or expand your organization into the state without appointing one.

Your registered agent must maintain a physical address in Arizona, officially known as a registered office, to which all government notices will arrive. The agent needs to be available at this office during regular business hours to receive incoming correspondence.

The agent’s failure to perform their duties can result in legal consequences you shouldn’t have to deal with. For instance, if the agent fails to deliver a lawsuit notice or court summons, you might inadvertently miss a court hearing. In these cases, you risk the so-called default judgment—a ruling typically made in the plaintiff’s favor due to your absence.

The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to choose a reliable agent. You have various options, but not all of them are equally dependable.

Arizona Registered Agents—Qualifications and Requirements

According to Section 29-3115. of the Arizona Revised Statutes, a registered agent can be any of the following:

  1. An individual resident of Arizona who is at least 18 years old
  2. A domestic organization
  3. A foreign organization authorized to transact in the state

An individual agent can be anyone you deem fit to receive notices on your behalf—an employee, family member, friend, or even yourself. Still, you might want to rethink appointing an individual, as they’re less reliable than organizations that provide professional registered agent services.

Such organizations are often referred to as commercial registered agents, and their principal activity is to make sure your notices are accepted and delivered timely. As a result, there’s little to no chance of missed notices that can expose your organization to the aforementioned legal setbacks.

How To Appoint/Change a Registered Agent in Arizona

If you’re forming a new organization in Arizona, you’ll appoint an agent in your formation filings, which depend on your business structure:

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Corporation Articles of Incorporation for profit and nonprofit corporations
LLC Articles of Organization

You can submit your filings through the Arizona Corporation Commission’s eCorp platform or in paper form. Either way, the necessary documents will contain a section where you need to provide the agent’s name and address.

Your registration documents must be accompanied by the Statutory Agent Acceptance form, which serves as proof of the agent’s consent to perform this role.

The appointment process is similar if you’re expanding into Arizona from another state, except you’ll name the agent in your foreign qualification filings, which are necessary for obtaining a certificate of authority and operating in the state legally.

If you already have a registered agent but wish to appoint another one, you can submit the Statement of Change to the Arizona Corporation Commission. The same document is used to change your principal address or registered office in case your agent moves.

Note that a commercial registered agent can update the Arizona Corporation Commission if their name or address changes, so you won’t need to do it yourself. If you’re changing the agent altogether, the new agent must sign the Statutory Agent Acceptance form.

Arizona Registered Agent Service by Harbor Compliance

We at Harbor Compliance have developed a superior Registered Agent Service to ensure you never miss an official notice. We receive your correspondence at our local office in Oro Valley, after which we process and deliver it electronically, all on the same day.

You’ll get an email with a link to a secure Client Portal, where you can manage all your notices and access pre-filled state forms to speed up the filing process. In case of a lawsuit notice, we’ll also call the person associated with the account to help you react as fast as possible.

Besides serving as your registered agent, we can help you meet all of Arizona’s regulatory requirements through a range of services, most notably:

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Entity lifecycle management
Document filing and retrieval
Beneficial ownership information reporting
Business licensing support
Tax registration and management
Nonprofit formation

Individual Registered Agents in Arizona vs. Harbor Compliance

As mentioned, a third-party individual agent might not be particularly reliable. They might miss your notice due to other obligations or personal emergencies, so you need someone who can meet process servers during business hours without exceptions.

Appointing someone from your organization might seem a logical choice due to their availability, but this exposes you to the risk of receiving legal notices in front of your team or clients, which can be uncomfortable.

If you need a discreet way of receiving your notices without the risk of your agent missing them, Harbor Compliance is an excellent choice. Here’s why:

  • Our Oro Valley office is always open during business hours, and someone is always there to accept your notice.
  • You can access the Client Portal from wherever you have an internet connection, so you’re not tied to a physical address. We also offer nationwide coverage, so you can appoint us in multiple states and manage your notices in one place.
  • Harbor Compliance keeps your private data safe with various industry-standard security measures typically unavailable to individual agents.
  • Our Help Center offers comprehensive support in case you run into any issues or need expert assistance.

How To Appoint Harbor Compliance as Your Arizona Registered Agent

You can partner with us in three scenarios:

  1. Forming a new legal entity in Arizona
  2. Expanding your organization from another state
  3. Changing your current registered agent

Below, you will find the specific steps to appointing us in each of the above cases.

Registering a New Organization

If you don’t want to go through the formation process by yourself, we can help and drastically reduce the time necessary for your organization to get off the ground. Depending on your business structure, you can choose one of our three comprehensive services:

  1. Incorporation
  2. Nonprofit formation
  3. LLC formation

When you sign up, we’ll gather the necessary documentation and submit it to the Arizona Corporation Commission. This includes the registered agent paperwork, so you won’t need to file it manually.

If you only need our Registered Agent Service, you can order it separately and take the following steps to appoint us:

  1. Purchase the service.
  2. Find the address of our local office and pre-filled state forms in the Client Portal.
  3. Complete the forms and submit them to the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Expanding Your Organization

Each state has a specific set of regulations, so if you want to expand into Arizona from another jurisdiction, you might need to meet some unique requirements. Our Foreign Qualification Service package can ensure your organization checks all the necessary boxes and can operate without regulatory setbacks.

All you need to do is complete a simple wizard, and we’ll take care of everything you need to obtain an Arizona certificate of authority—including the appointment of Harbor Compliance as your registered agent.

Changing Your Agent

While ordering our Registered Agent Service, you can let us submit the filings necessary for changing your Arizona agent.

Before checking out, you’ll see the Change of Agent service option. Select it, and we’ll make the change on your behalf and become your new registered agent.

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How to Appoint Us as Your Arizona Registered Agent


Appoint us as your Arizona registered agent when you incorporate your business or form your LLC. Sign up for registered agent service and file using the state forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Foreign Qualification

Appoint us as your agent when you apply for a certificate of authority to transact business in Arizona. Sign up for Arizona registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Change Agent

Changing your registered agent to us is easy. Sign up for Arizona registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Book of Business

Harbor Compliance is a provider of nationwide registered agent service. We can help you consolidate your agent representation and achieve cost savings. Our specialists manage the process to change registered agents so that virtually no work is required on your part. We will complete the state filings to appoint us as your registered agent. Additionally, we can extend your subscription term so that you avoid double payment for any portion of your current contract. There’s no reason to wait. Simply contact us for consolidation and we’ll take care of the rest. If you have registered agent appointments spanning multiple states or entities, contact us today.

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Arizona Registered Agent FAQs

Here, you’ll see some of the most commonly asked questions about registered agents in Arizona. If you need more detailed answers, you can browse our Information Center.

A registered agent is obligatory in Arizona, so you must appoint one before your organization can operate in the state.

You can appoint yourself as a registered agent. However, you’d have to be available at the registered office five days a week during business hours.

You can search for Arizona organizations by name via eCorp to find the details on their registered agents.

You can find the pricing of our Registered Agent Service alongside other relevant information on this page.

Partner With Harbor Compliance as Your Arizona Registered Agent

If you want to free up more time to focus on impactful activities, sign up for our Registered Agent Service to outsource this critical responsibility. Your notices will be managed by experts, so you won’t need to worry about delays or unforeseen legal consequences.

To check whether your organization meets Arizona’s other requirements, get a free Harbor Compliance Score™. If you find any issues, inquire about our additional services to resolve them promptly.

Besides a rich service portfolio, we’ve introduced an advanced compliance platform that helps you meet your obligations effortlessly. Schedule a demonstration to see it in action.

If you need a registered agent in a state beyond Arizona, refer to the following table to learn about other jurisdictions’ regulations:

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