Arizona Articles of Incorporation
Arizona articles of incorporation are filed to create a corporation.
Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your business corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the corporation. Only after this approval can the corporation apply for tax IDs, obtain business licenses, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.
Incorporating provides many important benefits:
- Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
- Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
- Provides governance and adds credibility
|Agency:||Arizona Corporation Commission - Corporations Division|
Mail, in-person, or online.
$60 + optional $35 expedite fee
See state-published current processing times (usually about two months). ~7-10 business days for $35 expedite fee.
A complete application package contains:
Other Helpful Arizona Facts
As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Arizona.
- Number: One or more required.
- Qualifications: No residency or shareholder requirement, unless in bylaws or articles of incorporation.
- Quorum: Majority, unless fixed in bylaws or articles of incorporation.
- As prescribed in the bylaws or articles of incorporation.
- Required: Yes.
Arizona Annual Shareholder Meeting
- Required: Yes.
- Action by written consent: Allowed if by all shareholders entitled to vote on the action.
- Qualifications: N/A
- Stock Certificate: Optional, but shareholder must receive a writing with the same information.
- Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.