How to Incorporate in Arizona

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To incorporate is to form a corporation. In Arizona, this requires filing articles of incorporation and them in a local newspaper. The articles of incorporation require some basic information such as the corporation's name, its statutory agent its place of business. You can include additional provisions, provided they comply with Arizona law.

Step 1

Choose a name for your corporation. The name must be distinguishable from other businesses registered in Arizona. To determine if a name is available, search the Arizona Corporation Commission website's feature called Check Name Availability.

Step 2

Choose the type of corporation you want to form. In Arizona, you can form a business corporation, tax-exempt nonprofit corporation or non-tax-exempt nonprofit corporation. In general, a business corporation is formed for the purpose of generating profit for owners and shareholders. A tax-exempt nonprofit is formed for some charitable purpose. A non-tax-exempt nonprofit corporation is also formed for some charitable purpose, except it does not receive tax exemption. You may want to form this type of corporation if the duration of your corporation is limited and you do not want to go through the hassle of filling for tax exemption.

Step 3

Navigate to the Arizona Corporation Commission website and click "Create/Make changes on Corporation or LLC."

Step 4

Click "CFCVLR" next to "Cover Sheet for Corporate Filings." Fill out and print the form. This is simply the cover form that will be attached to the main form.

Step 5

Click the appropriate articles of incorporation form under "Single Forms -- Corporations New Filings."

Step 6

Fill out and print the form. The form asks basic questions about your corporation, such as the name of the corporation and the name and address of the "incorporator" -- the person filling out the form. Note that you will need to select a "statutory agent." This can be a person or another corporation and is simply the person or entity authorized to receive legal documents, such as a summons, on behalf of the corporation. You also will have to name the initial board of Director, which oversees the corporation's operations. Often, the directors make plans and policy decisions for the corporation.

Step 7

Click "FEESCH" next to "Schedule of Fees for Corporate Filings." Write a check for the amount listed under the appropriate articles of incorporation.

Step 8

Send the cover sheet, articles of incorporation, and check to: Arizona Corporation Commission 1300 W. Washington St.1st Floor Phoenix, AZ 85007

Step 9

Publish legal notice of the incorporation in a newspaper of general circulation in the county of the business for three consecutive publications once the Arizona Corporation Commission approves the filing. You will find the details, including approved newspapers and publishing deadlines, in the approval letter.


  • Online legal document providers can help you prepare and file the articles of incorporation.


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Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.

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