On the Arizona Secretary of State’s website, you can search for an Arizona business registration to find information about any corporation or business registered in Arizona. It’s completely free and is the first step to forming an LLC.
Arizona: Looking for an LLC Name
Your name must contain either L.L.C. or LLC. You must add the abbreviation “LLC” or “L.L.C.” at the end. It can’t include the words Corporation, Incorporated, Corporation, and any of their abbreviations. The name must be identifiable, meaning that it must not be identical to existing.
- Arizona incorporates businesses, limited Partnerships, LLCs, nonprofits, and other entities.
- Names that are reserved
- Fictitious names
- Trade names
- Foreign corporations, LLCs (limited partnerships), and nonprofits which do business in the state.
These differences are not considered to be distinguishable in most situations, but they may be in certain cases.
- Designators like L.L.C. L.L.C.
- Words like the, the, and an
- Singular verses. Plural, or possessive Words
1. Use the Arizona Corporation Commission Business Entity Search.
2. Select “StartsWith” as the search type.
3. You can type your desired name into the Entity Name box without adding an LLC at either the end or using punctuation. Look at the first few words for a complete list of similar names.
4. Choose All as the entity type
5. Click Search or Name Availability.
If the name or similar name you’re looking for doesn’t show up, it’s still possible. If you’re unsure whether your LLC name distinguishes, you can still file your paperwork. If it’s not listed, the state will notify you. Arizona’s Corporation Commission said that names can sometimes be distinguished when:
- Prepositions and conjunctions alter the meaning of the name. Into the Deep LLC, for example, is distinct from To the Deep LLC. Of Mice and Men LLC is distinct from Mice and Men LLC
- The same words have a different order. House Party LLC does not resemble Party House LLC
- Words are spelled differently and creatively, just like Krispy Kream. Crispy Cream is not.
- Abbreviations are available. Computer Solution Technology can be confused with Computer Solution Tech and CS Technology.
- There are single letters and/or symbols. For example Dollar Cleaners might be different than $ Cleaners.
- Arizona has a new name
- Roman numerals are used to identify the name. They can be distinguished by words for numbers and numbers, but legally words are the same.
- The name includes words in a foreign tongue. Rio Verde differs from Green River
DBAs, Trade Names
You may use a DBA to do business or a statement without needing to register it. However, unregistered addresses can’t be included on official documents. If another company uses a tradename, it is illegal. Check with the Arizona Business Registration Search to verify that the name isn’t in use. For a non-company name, file an Arizona DBA. The registration of a tradename secures it for you company. It can be used for official purposes such as opening bank accounts, contract signing, and many other tasks.
The Arizona Trade Name Application is required in order to register as an Arizona DBA. Arizona’s Trade Name and Trademark Handbook provides detailed information on the forms and paperwork required for maintaining and dissolving a DBA. Arizona’s DBA or trade name registration requirements may change from one county to another. In most cases, you can contact the county clerk to file DBAs. Registration is generally required:
- Name of the company
- Its business location
- The possible new DBA-name
- The business’s overall mission or purpose
- Arizona’s original DBA date
- LLCs and corporations require proof of incorporation
- The signature of applicant or any officers or members of entity
- A fee
- A self-addressed, stamped envelope for people who prefer to file paper via the mail over electronically
- Every five year, the renewal process is required