Last Updated on February 5, 2022
How to do an Arizona Business Entity Search
If you are looking for the name of a business entity in Arizona, the Arizona Corporation Commission has a business entity database that allows its users to access information on the business entities in the state.
Information can be searched registration information such as business name, address, agent name, date business started, whether the business is in good standing, names and addresses of officers and much more. The types of businesses that can be looked up include:
- Domestic Corporation
- Foreign Corporation
- Limited Partnerships
- Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
- Limited Company (LC)
- Not-for-Profit Corporation
While sole proprietorships and partnerships are not required to register their business, if they want to do business under a name other than their personal name, they are required to file a Trade Name.
Also see: How to start an LLC in Arizona
Arizona Business Name Search
The database in the Arizona Corporation Commission website lets you access information about any business entity registered in the state based on the following information:
- Business name
- Filing number
- Applicant or Agent Name
- License number
Doing a business name search is the first step when forming an Arizona LLC since every registered entity must have a unique name.
Below is our simplified guideline to help you search for business entities in the state:
Step 1 – Start with the Search Page for finding registered entities in Arizona (it will look like the screenshot below).
Step 2 – You can conduct the search by Name, File Number or the name of the Owner or Agent Let’s conduct a sample search by Registered Name. Let’s type in “A Swollen Thumb Contracting Corporation” in the “Name” field (see the screenshot below for reference).
Step 3 – On the Results Page, click on the ID number to get further details on the entity.
On the Results Page, you can file the business entity’s online reports, as well as download its annual reports. This report shows the business name, entity type, domestic address, agent name & address, date of incorporation, the type of business activity, the county where the business resides, officers of the corporation, the dates the annual report was filed and a copy of the annual report. For a small filing fee, you can also order a certificate of good standing for the business entity.
In Arizona, a Statutory Agent (called a Registered Agent in most states) is required. This is a single point of contact in case the business needs to be served with legal papers or contacted by the state. The owner is usually the one who files as the entities registered agent. When they file, their home address is often used and is now a public record that can be looked up by anyone. If that is a concern, consider looking into a Statutory Agent service.
The Secretary of State’s office also offers a Uniform Commercial Code Search database
The business name registration is different from business licensing in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Revenue has more information regarding business licenses.
Information on the Arizona (AZ) SOS
An elected state executive officer of the state, the Arizona Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of the State. The current Arizona Secretary of State, Michelle Reagan, was sworn into office in January 2015 and is currently serving a four-year term.
Arizona does not have an office of the lieutenant governor, in effect making the Secretary of State first in succession to the Governor.
The Arizona Secretary of State is in charge of multiple divisions, namely:
- Arizona Advance Directive Registry
- Business Services Division
- Elections Division
- Public Services Division