Patricia Barfield, Director, Corporations Division, of the Arizona Corporation Commission told Richard Keyt in late 2016 that more than 60% of all new Arizona LLCs are created by people using the ACC’s online e file Articles of Organization system. This digital system will gradually replace the old fashioned paper filing system. The ACC’s e-filing system is easy and quick. It is 100 times easier than filling out, printing, signing and submitting the four pdf documents needed to file the Articles of Organization the old-fashioned paper based way.
Here is a summary of how the new Arizona LLC online e-file system works:
- Complete and submit your Arizona LLC information using the online e-file system.
- Pay the $50 regular filing fee or the $85 expedited filing fee with your credit card.
- Wait 17 – 22 (regular filing) or 3 – 8 (expedited filing) business days for the ACC to approve or reject your Articles.
- Publish a notice of publication in an ACC approved newspaper in the county where the LLC has its place of business, but if the address is in Maricopa or Pima County publication is not necessary.
The end result is the Articles of Organization will be approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission and you will have a one page copy of your LLCs Articles. Compare the one page Articles of Organization with what we give people who purchase our Bronze ($397), Silver ($597) and Gold ($997) LLC packages. This Arizona file llc online free process is sometimes called Arizona corporate e file or efiling Maricopa county.
How to Create an Online Arizona LLC in 2018
This is a step by step guide that explains how to form a do-it-yourself Arizona limited liability company online in 5 – 10 minutes using the Arizona Corporation Commission’s LLC e-file system. See also the efile help text table of contents for help with efiling.
- Go to the Arizona Corporation Commission’s efile Articles of Organization
- Select the LLC’s Statutory Agent
- Enter the Statutory Agent’s Name and Address
- Enter the LLC’s Entity Type
- Enter the Name of the LLC or PLLC
- Enter the LLC’s Arizona Known Place of Business Address
- Select the LLC’s Duration
- Select the LLC Management Structure
- Select the LLC Management Structure
- Review Your Data
- Enter the Name of the of Person Submitting the Articles of Organization for the Online Signature
- Pay the Filing Fee with Your Credit Card
While on the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Corporations and LLCs web page click on the word “Create.” Next click on the words “Form an Arizona Limited Liability Company or Professional LLC.”
Under the text that says “To electronically submit and pay online to create an Arizona Limited Liability Company (LLC), click on the eFile button below.”
Click on the word eFile in the orange rectangle. This is the first step in completing the articles of organization Arizona form that when approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission causes a new Arizona LLC to be created. See a sample articles of organization llc Arizona created by e filing the LLC online and approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.
The LLC must have a statutory agent, which some states call a resident agent. To learn more about who can be the statutory agent read Statutory Agent Acceptance.
Select Yes or No to the question “Will the person signing the Articles of Organization be named as the Statutory Agent for the LLC?”
If you select Yes, click on the Next icon at the bottom right of the page. If you select No then a separate Statutory Agent Acceptance form is required. Enter all data into the form. Print the form. The statutory agent must physically sign the Statutory Agent Acceptance form. Upload the completed, signed form as a .pdf file using the Add files… button. Warning: You cannot e-file without uploading a signed form if the statutory agent is not the person who submits the LLC efile Articles of Organization.
How to Hire KEYTLaw, LLC, to be Your LLC’s Statutory Agent. To hire our firm to be your LLC’s statutory agent for $99/year simply complete our online Statutory Agent Questionnaire. When you pay our fee you will get a link to a partially completed pdf Statutory Agent Acceptance form signed by KEYTLaw that you can upload when you e-file your Arizona LLC’s Articles of Organization.
Type the name and address of the statutory agent. If the statutory agent is not the person entering the efile Articles of Organization make sure the name you enter for the statutory agent is exactly the same as set forth in the Statutory Agent Acceptance form that you uploaded.
Select whether your LLC will be an LLC or a professional LLC. The only professionals who must form an Arizona professional limited liability company are licensed real estate agents who want their broker to pay commissions to the PLLC. See Professional LLCs.
Select Yes or No. Warning: If you have a name reservation the name of the person who submits the e-filed Articles of Organization must match the name on the name reservation issued by the ACC or the ACC will reject the Articles of Organization.
Be sure to put LLC or PLLC after your desired name. Click on the Check Name icon in the green rectangle. The system will check the ACC’s name database. If it finds a conflict you will be notified the name is not available. Modify the LLC name and click on the check Name icon in the green rectangle again. Keep modifying and checking until your name is approved.
If the LLC’s known place of business is the same as the statutory agent’s address check the box to the left of the text “Same as the Statutory Agent street or physical address.” If the LLC’s address is different, enter the address in the address fields.
How to Purchase KEYTLaw, LLC’s Address Service. If you do not have an Arizona address or you have an Arizona address, but you don’t want the address to be on the ACC’s public records and website purchase our firm’s address service for $100/year by completing our online Statutory Agent Questionnaire.
The LLC must indicate how long it intends to exist – this is its duration or life period. I recommend you select the radio button to the left of the word “Perpetual” so your LLC will never terminate. The life period is presumed to be perpetual (forever) unless one of the other boxes is checked and a corresponding date or event is listed. If the LLC’s existence will be perpetual, do not check any of the other boxes.
Click on the Next icon in the bottom right of the page.
You must select to have your LLC member managed or manager managed. See LLC Management Structure. I recommend you select manager managed.
If you select member managed you must enter the name and address of all members. Owners of an Arizona LLC are called members.
Managers may or may not be members. A manager is equivalent to the President of a corporation. The LLC can have any number of managers, but it must have at least one manager.
If you select manager managed enter the name and address of each and every manager and list all members who own 20% or more of the profits or capital of the LLC. For each person, company or trust listed, check one or both boxes to indicate their status as member and/or manager. Members who own less than 20% may also be listed, but it is not required.
To add additional members or managers click on the green rectangle that contains the words “+Add Member/Manager.”
Make sure all the data you entered is correct. Make any corrections if needed by clicking on the Previous icon in the bottom right.
11. Enter the Name of the of Person Submitting the Articles of Organization for the Online Signature
When you enter your name you are agreeing to the following statement:
By typing/entering my name, I intend to affix my electronic signature acknowledging that this electronic document is submitted in compliance with Arizona law. I certify that the information on the electronic document is true, complete, and accurate as of the date the electronic filing is submitted.
The filing fee is $50, but I recommend you pay an additional $35 for expedited filing. If you don’t pay the extra $35 the Arizona Corporation Commission will review and approve or reject the Articles of Organization in approximately 17 – 22 business days. If you pay the $85 expedited filing fee the ACC will review the Articles in 3 – 8 business days. See the latest processing times.
Click on the green “Pay” icon and enter your credit card information.
13. Print the ACC’s LLC Order Confirmation
After paying you will be taken to a page that displays the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Corporations Division LLC Order Confirmation. Be sure to print this document or take a screen shot for your records.
You Are Done
Your LLC’s Articles of Organization have been submitted to the Arizona Corporation Commission for its review. The ACC will approve or reject the Articles of Organization and send the results by mail to the LLC at its known place of business.
Tasks to Perform After Submitting the Articles of Organization
A. Newspaper Publication. If your LLC’s known place of business is in Maricopa County or Pima County the LLC does not have to publish a Notice of Publication in a newspaper. If the LLC’s address in not in one of those two counties the LLC must publish a Notice of Publication in an ACC approved newspaper in the county in which the LLC’s place of business is located. The ACC will send publication information to the address of the LLC when it approves the Articles of Organization.
B. Employer ID Number. Get an Employer ID Number for the LLC from the IRS. The LLC needs its own EIN. It’s easy to get using the IRS’ online wizard.
C. Open a Bank Account. The LLC needs its own bank account. To open a bank account a member or manager of the LLC must go to a bank with ID and give the banker a copy of the approved Articles of Organization and the LLC’s employer ID number.
D. Set Up the Books. You must create a bookkeeping system for the LLC’s financial records. We recommend QuickBooks. Most accountants can set up the books for you. Our bookkeeper is CPA for Hire, P.C. We use its online QuickBooks service. Call Joy Jaske, CPA, at 480-437-9022 or email her at email@example.com.
E. Sign an Operating Agreement. Although an Operating Agreement is not required by Arizona LLC law, we recommend that all LLCs have a properly worded Operating Agreement signed by all of the members. The Operating Agreement signed by the sole member of a single member LLC shows a court that the member is treating the LLC like a business rather than a hobby. Multi-member LLCs that do not have a good Operating Agreement signed by all of the members are asking for big trouble. Without an Operating Agreement members of a multi-member LLC do not have anything in writing that says what percentage of the LLC they own.
To learn more about the importance of Operating Agreements read our articles called:
- Why All Members of an Arizona LLC Should Sign an Operating Agreement
- Arizona LLC Operating Agreement Frequently Asked Questions
- Common LLC Disasters a Good Operating Agreement Prevents
To hire Arizona LLC attorneys who have prepared 5,800+ Operating Agreements to draft a custom agreement for your LLC submit our online Operating Agreement Questionnaire. We charge $297 for a 30 page Operating Agreement for a single member LLC or an LLC owned only by a married couple. Our fee for a multi-member LLC is $697 for a 50 page agreement that includes 30 minutes of attorney time to make changes requested by the members.
Contact Richard Keyt or His Son Richard C. Keyt
If you have questions about forming an Arizona LLC call Arizona LLC attorneys Richard Keyt (480-664-7478) or his son former CPA Richard C. Keyt (480-664-7472). They don’t charge to answer questions about forming Arizona limited liability companies.