Whether you’re searching for the right business name for your Arizona S Corp or Arizona C Corp, Incfile can help. We’ve got all the information you need on how to conduct an AZ Corporation Commission business search, plus business naming rules, trade names and trademarks.
General Rules for Corporation Names
These rules generally apply to all corporations, wherever they're formed.
The name you choose cannot be in use by any other business in the state. This is why it's so important to perform an Arizona business entity search before you begin your incorporation paperwork.
It’s not enough for your corporation name to be unique. It also cannot be comparable to any other business name in the state. In addition, you cannot use any of the following features in an attempt to differentiate your corporation name from that of another business:
- Suffixes, such as Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp., Co., Inc., etc.
- Definite articles, such as “A,” “An,” or “The”
- The conjunction "And," or “&"
- Numbers in place of numerals (or vice versa), e.g., "One World" is the same as "1 World"
- The singular, plural or possessive forms of words
- Abbreviations, punctuation, symbols, fonts, typefaces, etc.
All corporations must use one of the following in their names, usually at the end of the name: “Incorporated,” “Corporation,” “Limited” or their abbreviations.
Most states will not allow you to incorporate with names that:
- Are similar to the name of a federal or state agency or organization (e.g., FBI, FDA, Arizona Labor Department, Arizona Rangers, Treasury, etc.)
- Suggest affiliation with a federal or state agency or organization
- Use the term “Olympic” or any terms that are trademarks of the International Olympic Committee
- Imply a purpose that would be illegal for your business to carry out
Specific Rules for Arizona Business Names
In addition to the general rules listed above, you'll need to follow some Arizona corporation laws that apply to naming your business.
For example, per the state's statutes Title 10, Chapter 4, Article 1, § 10-401, the name of a corporation "shall contain the word " association" , " bank" , " company" , " corporation" , " limited" or " incorporated" or an abbreviation of one of these words or words or abbreviations of like import in another language."
In addition, Arizona Revised Statutes Title 10, Chapter 4, Article 1, § 10-401 contains a list of words that are prohibited from being used in business names.
Coming Up with the Ideal Business Name
The perfect business name can be difficult to choose. We have a complete guide to help you find the right business name, but essentially, you'll want to choose a name that will:
Need help coming up with business name ideas? Try our free name generator.
Arizona Corporation Name Search
Once you've thought of the name you want, perform an AZ corporation search to make sure another company isn't already using that name.
You can use the state's online portal to perform a name search.
You can also use our simple and convenient Business Name Search Tool, which will search the state's business registry for you.
Trademarks and Service Marks
You must be careful that your Arizona corporation name doesn't infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to ensure you're not infringing is to perform a trademark search through Incfile. You can even register the trademark for your corporation if it isn't already in use.
Register a DBA in Arizona
You may do business under a name different from your corporation's legal name. While many states refer to this as an assumed name, fictitious name or "doing business as" (DBA), it's a trade name in Arizona. You may decide to use a trade name for a variety of reasons.
For example, your primary corporation may be called Southwest Hospitality, Inc., and you have a chain called West Rim Tours. You could register a trade name just for that brand. You'd do that by filing a Trade Name Application with the Arizona Secretary of State, not the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf with our DBA service.
Use the Arizona entity search to help you keep your business names unique. You can perform an Arizona trade name search to find out whether any other companies are already using the assumed name you want. We can also help you with this via our DBA name service.
Note: A trade name is not the same as a trademark. Learn more about trademark vs. DBA.
Register Your Business Name with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC)
You’ve performed an ACC business search, checked availability, followed the naming rules and determined whether you need a trade name. Now you can register your corporation name in one of two ways.