Arizona Articles of Incorporation

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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.

Benefits

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

Fast Facts

Agency:Arizona Corporation Commission - Corporations Division
Form:

Articles of Incorporation - For-profit

Instructions:

Instructions C010i: Articles of Incorporation - For-Profit

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or online.

Agency Fee:

$60 + optional $35 expedite fee

Turnaround:

See state-published current processing times (usually about two months). ~7-10 business days for $35 expedite fee.

Law:

ARS §10-202

Notes:

A complete application package contains:

  • Form CFCVLR: Cover sheet
  • Form C010: Articles of Incorporation - For-Profit
  • Form C087: Shares Authorized Attachment, if applicable
  • Form C082: Director Attachment, if applicable
  • Form M002: Statutory Agent Acceptance
  • Form C084: Incorporator Attachment, if applicable
  • Payment including optional expedite fee

Other Helpful Arizona Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Arizona.


Arizona Directors

  • 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.

Arizona Officers

  • As prescribed in the bylaws or articles of incorporation.

Arizona Bylaws

  • Required: Yes.

Arizona Annual Shareholder Meeting

  • Required: Yes.
  • Action by written consent: Allowed if by all shareholders entitled to vote on the action.

Arizona Shareholders

  • Qualifications: N/A
  • Stock Certificate: Optional, but shareholder must receive a writing with the same information.
  • Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.
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