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Naming Your Arizona Limited Liability Company

You need the right name for your Arizona LLC. Choosing the right name is vital because it tells your suppliers, customers and employees what your business does. Arizona has several rules and regulations about what you can call your new business. Let’s explore what they are.

General Arizona Corporation Commission Rules on Naming Your LLC

  • The name needs to be unique and not used by another LLC or business operating in Arizona
  • The name of your business must end with “limited liability company,” “limited company” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.,” “L.C.,” “LLC” or “LC”

Don't Confuse Your Arizona Business Name With Another Business Name

  • The following terms can’t be used to say your business name is different from another business name:
    • Suffixes such as Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp., Co., Inc., Ltd., LLC
    • Definite articles like “A,” “And,” “An,” “&,” “The,” etc.
    • The singular, plural or possessive forms of a word
    • Punctuation and symbols
    • Abbreviations of words
    • Different typefaces, fonts, superscript, subscript, etc.
  • It should not be possible to confuse the name of your business with the name of another Arizona business
  • For example, you can’t claim that Blue Widget Co., Blue Widget LLC, Blue Widget Incorporated, Blue-Widget-Company or Blue Widget are different from one another

Rules on Words You Can’t Use in Your Business Name

  • If the LLC name contains any of the following words, prior written approval must be obtained from the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions before registration is allowed: Bank, Banker, Banking, Banc, Banco, Banque, Credit Union, Deposit, Savings Association, Building Association, Savings and Loan Association, Building and Loan Association, Savings Bank, Thrift, Trust or Trust Company.
  • A professional limited liability company name must contain the words “professional limited liability company” or one of the following abbreviations in upper- or lower-case letters: “P.L.L.C.,” “P.L.C.,” “PLLC” or “PLC.”
  • The LLC name cannot contain the words “association,” “corporation,” “incorporated” or an abbreviation of those words.
  • Although these are the main rules about naming your business in Arizona, there are plenty more
  • You can also be an Arizona LLC with a different “doing business as (DBA)” or “trade” name. You can register your trade name with the Arizona Secretary of State and register the DBA names with your County Recorder’s office.

Arizona Information on Naming an LLC

  • You can reserve a name online. Note that you do not need to reserve a name if you are forming an LLC. By registering an LLC, the name will automatically be reserved for your business. You would normally only reserve a name if you are not planning on forming your new company anytime soon.
  • A name can be used to form any type of business entity, not just an LLC.
  • Just filing a name registration doesn’t guarantee you will be granted the name. You should wait until your LLC is formally created before using the name for anything else.

Rules About Infringing on Service Marks or Trademarks Inside or Outside Arizona

In addition to the rules above, it’s also vital to see if your Arizona LLC name might infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. For example, it might not be a good idea to call yourself “Google Search Optimization Services,” since Google is a trademark.

The easiest way to see if your proposed business name infringes is to carry out a trademark search. You can do that via the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or Incfile can help you protect your business with our new Trademark Search and Registration service. You should also bear in mind that your Arizona business entity name cannot be substantially similar to an existing trademark or service mark.

How to Search for Your Arizona Business Entity Name

Search the database of the Arizona Corporation Commission for your proposed business name to see if it's unique. You can search for:

  • Entity Name
  • Officer/Registered Agent
  • Registered Agent Name

What Should You Call Your Arizona LLC?

Finding the perfect name can be tough. You want a business name that:

  • Describes what your Arizona business does
  • Appeals to your planned audience
  • Makes your business easy to find
  • Is relatively unique
  • Doesn’t limit you to a particular location or type of product or service

Fortunately, we’ve got some good advice on seeking out the perfect business name for your Arizona LLC. Check out our guidance on naming your LLC and get inspired.

You’ve Found the Perfect Name. What Next?

Once you’ve found the right name for your business, it’s time to make it a reality. Check out our packages for starting your Arizona LLC and form your LLC today.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Arizona?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$50 14 Weeks 28 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency: No Annual Report  is due for LLCs at this time.

Important: Arizona requires that you publish a notice of filing of your Articles of Organization or alternatively, you may publish the Articles of Organization in their entirety. The publication must be in a newspaper in general circulation in the county of the known place of business in Arizona for 3 consecutive publications. The publication must be filed within 60 days of the date of organization. The LLC may be subject to administrative dissolution if it fails to publish.

Where do I publish the document? The A.C.C. does not endorse any particular newspaper, but, as a courtesy they provide a list of newspapers that have attested to the A.C.C. that they meet the statutory criteria for publishing documents. Upon publishing you will receive an Affidavit of Publication. It is not required, but you may send the Affidavit of Publication you receive from the newspaper to the A.C.C. for placement into the entity’s public record. If you do not submit the Affidavit of Publication to the A.C.C. you should retain it as part of your entity’s permanent record.

(We do not assist in the filing of the Publication Requirement)

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