Arizona Companies Must Have a Statutory Agent (aka Resident Agent Outside Arizona)
by Richard Keyt, Arizona LLC and business attorney
Every Arizona entity and every entity that is qualified to do business in Arizona must have and maintain a statutory agent located in Arizona. In California, Nevada, Delaware and other states the equivalent of an Arizona statutory agent is called a resident agent. The purpose of an Arizona statutory agent is to give notice to the public of a person or entity authorized by the company that can be served with legal documents as the agent of the company. The statutory agent is the person or entity that can be served with a summons and complaint filed in a lawsuit.
The statutory agent must be one of the following:
- An adult individual who resides in Arizona.
- A domestic company formed under Arizona corporate law.
- A foreign company authorized to transact business in Arizona.
- A limited liability company formed under Arizona law.
- A limited liability company authorized to transact business in Arizona.
THE STATUTORY AGENT MUST HAVE AN ARIZONA STREET ADDRESS RATHER THAN A POST OFFICE BOX.
Note: The statutory agent must sign a consent to be statutory agent and file it with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Use KEYTLaw’s Statutory Agent & Known Place of Business Service
You should consider using KEYTLaw’s services as your company’s statutory agent if:
- You do not want your home address to be listed on the public records of the Arizona Corporation Commission or the Arizona Secretary of State. Make sure you use your business address on any documents you file with the ACC or the Secretary of State.
- You do not want process servers or others to show up at your home or place of business at all hours of the day and night to serve you with legal documents and possibly embarrass you in front of customers, friends or family.
- You live outside Arizona and do not have a person or company located in Arizona that can be the statutory agent for your Arizona entity.
You should consider using KEYTLaw’s office address as your company’s know place of business in Arizona if:
- You do not have a business address in Arizona that you can use.
- You do not want your home or business address to be listed on the public records of the Arizona Corporation Commission or the Arizona Secretary of State.
- You do not want process servers or others to show up at your home or place of business at all hours of the day and night to serve you with legal documents and possibly embarrass you in front of customers or family.
KEYTLaw, LLC, provides statutory agent services for $99 per year and known place of business services for $100 per year. To hire KEYTLaw, LLC, to be the statutory agent and/or use KEYTLaw’s office as the known place of business for your company, complete and submit our Statutory Agent Questionnaire and pay the appropriate fee.
How to Appoint a New Statutory Agent
A company that wants to change its existing statutory agent may do so at any time by completing a change of statutory agent form and submitting it to the Arizona Corporation Commission. Watch our video that shows how to change the statutory agent of an Arizona LLC.
Watch this video to learn how the statutory agent of an Arizona LLC can resign and cease to be the LLC’s statutory agent.
For People Who Want to Form an LLC Themselves
If you think you might want to create a do-it-yourself Arizona LLC you must read Arizona LLC attorney Richard Keyt’s article called “Step by Step Guide: How to Form Arizona LLC 2019 in (6 Easy Steps).”