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This guide to starting an LLC in Arizona provides step-by-step instructions on filing formation documents, obtaining tax IDs, and setting up company records.


LLCs are the most popular business structure because they are inexpensive to form, provide flexibility to the owners, and are easy to run. Forming your LLC legally establishes your business, limits your personal liability, and gains tax flexibility. The following step-by-step will help you as you undertake this process.

Fast Facts: Your Budget and Timeline

Here is an overview of the total paperwork, cost, and time it takes to form an LLC in Arizona. Be sure to read the final step in this guide - "Ongoing Filings" - to understand your ongoing costs to maintain a compliant LLC.

  • Form CFCVLR: Cover sheet
  • Form L010: Articles of Organization
  • Form L040: Manager Structure Attachment or Form L041: Member Structure Attachment
  • Form L042: Organizer attachment, if applicable
  • Form M002: Statutory Agent Acceptance
  • Publishing affidavits
  • Operating Agreement
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • Form JT-1: Arizona Joint Tax Application, if required
  • Formation: $50 + optional $35 expedite fee
  • Publisher fees: ~$200

Step-by-Step Arizona LLC Instructions

  1. Check Name Availability

    The legal name of your LLC may not conflict with any other registered name. Check availability of your desired name by conducting a name search.

    Name Search: Arizona Corporation Commission - Corporations Division
    Name search
    Name Reservation: Optional

    "A. The name of a limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization shall: 1. Contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviations "L.L.C.", "L.C.", "LLC" or "LC", in uppercase or lowercase letters.
    2. Not contain the words "association", "corporation" or "incorporated" or an abbreviation of these words.
    3. Not include the words "bank", "deposit", "credit union", "trust" or "trust company" separately or in combination to indicate or convey the idea that the limited liability company is engaged in banking, credit union or trust business unless the limited liability company is to be and becomes actively and substantially engaged in the banking, credit union or trust business or the limited liability company is a holding company holding substantial interest in companies actively and substantially engaged in the banking, credit union or trust business." 
    ARS §29-602

  2. Appoint a Registered Agent

    Identify the LLC’s Arizona registered agent. This individual or company receives notice of lawsuit and other legal service for the LLC. Your agent will need to sign Form M002 that is filed with your articles of organization.

  3. File Arizona Certificate of Formation

    File the articles of organization to create your limited liability company.

    Agency:Arizona Corporation Commission - Corporations Division
    Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
    Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
    Agency fee:

    $50 + optional $35 expedite fee


    ARS §29-601 et seq


    A complete application package contains:

    • Form CFCVLR: Cover sheet
    • Form L010: Articles of Organization
    • Form L040: Manager Structure Attachment or Form L041: Member Structure Attachment
    • Form L042: Organizer attachment, if applicable
    • Form M002: Statutory Agent Acceptance
    • Payment including optional expedite fee
  4. Publish

    Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
    Agency fee:

    Legal journal and newspaper fees vary based on the publication and length of copy; estimate ~$200 in publishers’ fees.

  5. File Proof of Publishing

    Not required

     Submitting affidavits evidencing publishing to the A.C.C. is optional.

    More information: Arizona Corporation Commission - Corporations Division
  6. Establish Company Records

    Your filed articles of organization are the first document for your limited liability company records. Your LLC will generate many other official records such as your operating agreement, meeting minutes, and your EIN.

    Office supplies intended for an LLC will help you stay organized and save time. Membership certificate templates should come with your company record book. Each owner receives a membership certificate as evidence of his or her ownership in the LLC.

  7. Create the Operating Agreement

    Draft an Operating Agreement (potentially using a template) which is the governing document for the LLC. It defines the formalities of how the LLC will run itself such as holding an annual meeting. You will review and adopt the agreement at your organizational meeting.

  8. Hold the Organizational Meeting

    The first meeting of the members of the LLC is the organizational meeting. You will need your filed articles of organization and your operating agreement in order to conduct this meeting. Keep minutes of this meeting and store them in your company record book.

  9. Get a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)

    If your LLC has more than one member or will hire employees, it must obtain an EIN. An EIN is also often required to open a bank account.

    Agency:Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
    IRS fee:



    The IRS website is only available during certain hours. Print your EIN before closing your session. For additional guidance, see IRS Pub 1635: Understanding Your EIN.

  10. Get Arizona State Tax Identification Numbers/Accounts

    Arizona does NOT offer a consolidated state tax registration application. Apply for each individual tax account that is needed.

    A Guide to Taxes for Arizona Businesses
    Submit to:
    Arizona Department of Revenue

    Arizona Joint Tax Application (Form JT-1) is used to apply for Transaction Privilege Tax, Use Tax, and Employer Withholding and Unemployment Insurance. The cost for each license/location is $12.

  11. Consider Electing S-Corp or C-Corp Taxation

    By default, your LLC receives pass-through taxation and the vast majority of LLCs keep this tax classification. Some LLCs benefit from electing S-Corp or C-Corp tax treatment:

    • S-Corp treatment can help owner-employees who earn more than ~$75,000 per year save on self-employment taxes. File Form 2553: S-Corp Election.
    • C-Corps suffer from double taxation: the corporation pays taxes on profits then members pay taxes on their distributions. If profits exceed $250,000 per owner, you provide employee benefits, or you will re-invest most of your profit in the business, you may benefit from the low tax rates on retained earnings under C-Corp treatment. File Form 8832: C-Corp Election.
  12. Obtain Business Licenses & Permits

    To run your business legally, you must obtain applicable licenses and permits. The easiest way to navigate the wide range of federal, state, and local requirements is to search by your business type and locality using the Small Business Administration Business License & Permit look-up tool.

  13. * Ongoing Filings to Maintain Your LLC

    You must file federal and state tax returns. You must also file:

    • The Arizona Corporations Commission does NOT require an annual report from LLCs.

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