Arizona Business Name Search: You can search the Arizona Secretary of State’s website for information about any Arizona corporation or business entity. It’s free and the first step in forming an LLC in Arizona.
Looking for an LLC name in Arizona?
Your name must include the abbreviation LLC/L.L.C. Your name must include the abbreviation LLC or L.L.C. at the end. It cannot use the abbreviations Corporation, Incorporated, or Corporation.
Arizona Business Name Guidelines
It must be distinctive, meaning it should be distinct from other names.
- Arizona incorporates businesses, limited partnerships and LLCs.
- Names reserved
- Fictitious names
- Trade names
- Foreign corporations, LLCs, limited partnerships, and nonprofits doing business in the state.
These differences can’t be distinguished in most cases. However, there may be variations in some cases.
- Designators like L.L.C. L.L.C.
- Words such as the, an, or the
- Single vs. plural, possessive or mixed words
Arizona Business Search
1. You can use the Arizona Corporation Commission’s search to find a business entity.
2. Select “Starts with” as your search type.
3. Enter your desired name without an LLC at the end. To see all possible similarities, you can also check the first or two words.
4. Choose All for entity type.
5. Click on Search or Name to Check Availability
It’s possible to get the name you want, or another similar name, if it doesn’t exist. You can file paperwork if you aren’t sure whether your LLC name is distinguishable. The state will inform you if it isn’t available. Arizona’s Corporation Commission says names can sometimes be distinguished when:
- The meaning of a name can be changed by using conjunctions or prepositions. For example, Into the Deep LLC can be distinguished from To the Deep LLC. Of Mice and Men LLC differs from Mice and Men LLC
- The same words may be used in different order. House Party LLC is not the same as Party House LLC
- Words can be spelled differently or creatively. Krispy Kream is not Crispy Cream.
- There are abbreviations. Computer Solution Technology does not refer to Computer Solution Tech, CS Technology or Computer Solution Tech.
- There are no single letters or symbols. For example, Dollar Cleaners may be different from $ Cleaners.
- Arizona gets a new name
- Roman numerals are used in the name. They can be distinguished from words for numbers or number words, but they are legal equivalents to words and numbers.
- Names are written in foreign languages. Rio Verde distinguishes itself from Green River
Entity Names, DBAs and Trade Names
You can use a DBA, or do business as a statement in certain circumstances without having to register it. Unregistered names cannot be used on official documents. If a trade name is already in use by another company, it’s illegal. To ensure that the name you are interested in is not already in use, conducting an Arizona business registration search is a good idea.
To use another name than your company’s, file a DBA in Arizona. Your company can register a trade name. It can be used to open bank accounts, sign contracts, or complete other tasks.
You will need to fill out the Arizona Trade Name Application in order to register for an Arizona DBA. Arizona’s Trade Name and Trademark Handbook will provide more information about the forms and paperwork required to maintain or dissolve a DBA. The requirements to register an Arizona DBA (or trade name) can vary from one county to the next. You can get assistance from the County Clerk for filing DBAs. Registration is usually required:
- The company’s name
- Its business address
- The new possible DBA name
- The general purpose or mission of the business
- When the DBA was used for the first time in Arizona
- For LLCs, corporations and LLC’s, you will need to provide proof of incorporation
- Signature of the applicant, or members or officers of the entity
- A stamped and self-addressed envelope is available for those who prefer to file electronically.
- Every five years, a renewal process
How can I register to use an Arizona Trade Name?
Registering a sole proprietorship, partnership or other type of business requires you to apply for a DBA. This is also known as “Doing Business As,” Trade name, Assumed name, Fictitious name, and Trade Name.
How do I create an LLC in Arizona?
To ensure that the LLC name is available before you start your business or form an LLC, make sure you do a business entity search. After you have identified the LLC name, read our step-by-step guide to filing the Articles of Organization.
Although not required by Arizona, an Operating Agreement is worth looking at, especially for multi-member LLCs.
Once you have formed a Limited Liability Company (LLC), make sure you register for Arizona Business Licenses. Also, get an Employer ID Number. This is the “social security number” of your business. It is free to apply through the IRS.
What are the requirements for naming an LLC in Arizona
There are a few things you need to know in order to register an LLC in Arizona.
– The name of an LLC may not include the words “association”, corporation, “incorporated”, or any words that are related to banking.
– The LLC name must be distinct from any other entity names or trade names.
How to reserve a business entity name in Arizona?
You can file a name reservation if you are not ready to file for an LLC. This is valid up to 120 days prior to filing. Fill out the Application To Reserve Limited Liability Company Name at the Arizona Corporation Commission. Reserve the name at $10
Do registered agents need to file LLCs in Arizona?
Register agents are people who are designated to receive official papers on behalf of your LLC, LLP or corporation. Individuals can be their own registered agents as long as they have a physical address (p.o. Boxes are not permitted) in the state where your business entity was formed.
A third-party registered company can be a great benefit for businesses. It adds an extra layer of privacy between them and the public. A registered agent company can receive all documents on behalf of a business and can mail them to your home privately.
Do I need to register an LLC in every state if I want to expand my Arizona business?
Arizona LLC owners do not have to file a new LLC if they want to expand beyond Arizona. If you are looking to establish a brand unique for different locations, however, it is possible to file DBAs in separate states.
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