1300 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2996
Customer Service: (602) 542-3026
Toll Free In-State Only: 1-(800) 345-5819
Entity name reservations may be obtained online (click on the link at the bottom of the page). Payment must be made by credit card, and we accept Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. The name reservation will be effective for 120 days, which gives you time to submit documents to form an entity with the reserved name. Name reservations obtained online will be given preference and priority over paper name reservation applications, and will be granted immediately.
FEES: The cost to obtain an online name reservation is $45.00 ($10 filing fee plus $35 expedite fee). The expedite fee is automatically charged because the name reservation is obtained immediately. If you do not wish to pay the expedite fee, you may submit a paper Application to Reserve Corporation Name or an Application to Reserve Limited Liability Company Name. Paper documents may be submitted by mail or in person. All filing fees are NONREFUNDABLE pursuant to A.R.S. §§10-122, 10-2020, 10-2079, 10-2145, 10-3122 and 29-851. Fees of any type paid to file a document cannot be applied or transferred to any other document.
Processing time and priority: Name reservations obtained online will take precedence over all name reservation documents submitted by mail, fax, or in person. In other words, if we have received your paper Application, but it has not yet been examined and processed, a person requesting the same entity name online would be granted the name. If you come in person to the counter to reserve a name, you will be encouraged to use the computer kiosk in our lobby to reserve your name. If you choose not to do this, your paper document may be processed as an expedited filing or a regular filing.
Reserved entity names must meet the statutory naming criteria. For the complete criteria, review the instructions to the Application to Reserve Corporation Name or the Application to Reserve LLC Name, and review the Arizona Corporation Commission Naming Standards. At a minimum, you must include an entity identifier such as "Inc." for corporations or "LLC" for limited liability companies. You will be required to choose corporation or LLC when reserving the name online, and the entity identifier must match the entity type, for example, if you choose corporation, the identifier must be "Inc." or another corporation identifier, and cannot be "LLC."
Reserving a name is not the same as registering a "dba" name or a trade name. The purpose of the name reservation is to give you time to submit paperwork to form your entity. A "dba" name or a trade name may give you other rights to that name. The Arizona Corporation Commission does not register "dba" or trade names, and cannot advise you on "dba" or trade names. To register a trade name, go to the Arizona Secretary of State's website. You can also register "dba" or trade names with the County Recorder's office.
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