Whether you’re researching the availability of a business name or checking the status of a business entity, find the information you need from the Arizona Corporation Commission’s website.
The Corporation Commissions Business Entity Database provides information for corporations and LLCs. To find names of registered sole proprietorships or general partnerships, visit the Secretary of State.
There is no fee to search the database.
What information can be looked up?
The database search can find information on:
- Business name
- Entity type
- Date of formation
- Status – Good standing means all reports and filing fees are up to date.
- Life period – Perpetual is the most common and means the entity intends to exist indefinitely.
- Statutory Agent’s information – Also called a Registered Agent in many states, this is the singular point of contact for the entity should a legal or tax notice need to be sent to the business. This is often one of the owners and if their home address is used, that address becomes public information. Many people find this concerning and use a Registered Agent service like Northwest Registered Agent or IncFile so their home address isn’t listed.
- Principal information – Names of officers or members of the entity.
- Address for the entity.
How to do an Arizona Business Name Search
- Visit the Arizona Corporation Commission’s website.
- Enter the name you would like to use in the “Entity Name” field. In this example, we will look up “Sew What” and click “Name Availability Check”.
- When we search “Sew What” a message saying “The entity name is not available” comes up. If we want to look at registered business names with “Sew What”, click on the “Search” button.
- Searching the registered names, we get a list of all the businesses with the words “Sew What”. To find more information about each of the registered business names, click on the link in the “Entity Name” column. In this example, we will look up “Sew What LLC”.
- Clicking on the link for “Sew What LLC” brings an expanded result.
While “Sew What” isn’t available other variants are such as “Sew What Quilting” or “Sew What Seamstress”. Searching for those names, brings a result that says “The Name is Available”
Once you find a name that is available, the final approval is still made by the Corporation Commission. Even so, the name will likely be available for your new business.
How do I form an LLC?
Before starting your business and forming an LLC, be sure to do the business entity search first to make sure the name is available to use. Once you know the LLC name is available, learn how to form an Arizona LLC by reading our step-by-step guide on filing the Articles of Organization.
While not required in Arizona, an Operating Agreement, which are the rules for how the LLC operates, may be a document worth considering especially for multi-member LLCs.
After forming a Limited Liability Company, be sure to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN). This is a “social security number” for the business. There is no cost to get one through the IRS.
After forming the LLC, business licenses and permits may still be necessary.