The authority for incorporating in Arizona is the Arizona Corporations Commission. Unlike most States, this is a State Constitution authorized commission (Article 15). The Corporations Commission handles a variety of services, including public utilities, securities, railroads and pipelines. The Corporations Division approves for filing all articles of incorporation for Arizona businesses; all articles of organization for limited liability companies; grants authority to foreign corporations to transact business in this state; propounds interrogatories when necessary to determine a company’s lawful purpose; and revokes the corporate charters of those corporations which choose to not comply with Arizona law. Any significant changes to Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization for Limited Liability Companies in the form of amendments, mergers, consolidations, dissolutions or withdrawals also filed with the Division. All filings are public record and available for inspection.
Foreign and Domestic Corporations
A foreign corporation is a corporation registered in another State that does business in Arizona. Foreign corporations are required to register in Arizona and obtain a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Arizona.
Domestic corporations are those formed in Arizona itself. While there is no residency requirement for directors or officers of Arizona corporations, a statutory agent (who can also be a corporate officer) must have a physical address in Arizona along with regular business hours. They have to be available to take phone calls and respond to legal matters. Hiring a Statutory Agent will protect your privacy and meet the requirements of incorporation in Arizona.
Officers and documents
Corporations in Arizona must have one or more directors whose names and addresses will appear in the articles of incorporation. At least one incorporator and one officer will have to appear on the articles of incorporation (along with addresses and contact information).
Information about officers, stockholders, minutes of required meetings, and annual reports have to be maintained at the corporate offices. Other records required at the principle place of business include a copy of the articles of incorporation along with any amendments.
Forming a corporation online
Incorporation in Arizona can be handled remotely through our services. Not all filings can be done electronically, although most can. Faxing is sometimes an option.
CorpNet offers complete packages that allow you to start your corporation or LLC without missing key steps or documents. Both foreign and domestic corporations, LLCs, and non-profits can benefit from having us take on the chore. This lets you focus on managing your business instead of getting stuck in state mandated paperwork.
Incorporating online starts with some initial information and deciding which type of corporation best fits your needs. CorpNet is available to help you start a corporation in Arizona and one-year Statutory Agent Services is standard in our packages. We also include unlimited customer support.
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