What is a Registerd Agent?
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Your Arizona Registered Agent provides various services, including the acceptance of formal documents and correspondence from the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC).Your LLC must have a Statutory Agent in Arizona at all times.
You can appoint one when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing Arizona Statutory Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new agents.
Statutory Agent Arizona Requirements
- Every domestic and foreign corporation must, at all times, maintain a Registered Agent with a registered office within the state.
- The Registered Agent is allowed to be either a natural person or a domestic or foreign (licensed to transact business in the state) artificial legal entity (Corporation, LP, LLC or LLP).
- The Registered Office must be located at a street address within the State of Arizona — a P.O. Box alone is not acceptable.
- If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Arizona.
- If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be legally permitted to conduct business in Arizona.
- The Arizona Registered Agent must be available in person during normal business hours to sign for any correspondence.
Note that the address for your Arizona agent does not need to be the same as your Arizona LLC business address.
What an Arizona Statutory Agent Does
The main function of an Arizona Statutory Agent is to accept official documents and correspondence.
Communications from the ACC
Service of process notices (e.g., if your LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
Official Arizona government correspondence and notifications from the state and federal governments
Tax information and requests to file permits, company filings and reports
Having a Registered Agent also provides proof to the state that your business exists.
Bizee Provides Free Arizona Statutory Agent Services for the First Year
Bizee provides complete Arizona Statutory Agent services for any LLC that’s formed in the state. Even better, if you form your LLC business through Bizee, your Registered Agent service is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that.
Bizee is authorized to conduct business in Arizona and can legally act as your Statutory Agent. Here’s what our Registered Agent service provides:
- An always-available Arizona Statutory Agent who can receive correspondence, documents and legal proceedings on your LLC’s behalf
- A digital dashboard where you can access, store and retrieve any information we’ve received for your business
- Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business
- Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you
Appointing a Statutory Agent for Your LLC
When you first form your LLC, you must appoint a Registered Agent. You can change it at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Assign a Statutory Agent When You Form Your LLC
Your business must have a Registered Agent as soon as it’s formed. You can do this in one of two ways:
File Articles of Organization with the ACC
When you formally file your Articles of Organization with the ACC, you’re required to include details of your Statutory Agent.
Sign Up With Bizee and Secure a Free Statutory Agent
When you form your LLC with us, you’ll get a free year of our Registered Agent service. Then with the information that you provide, we’ll fill and file your Articles of Organization for you.
Assign a Different Statutory Agent After Formation
After you form your LLC, you have a few options to modify your Registered Agent.
Choose a Registered Agent Service and File a Form with the ACC
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, you can complete the LLC Statement of Change of Principal Address or Statutory Agent form available on the ACC website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the ACC with a fee payment of $5 so they can update your records.
Sign Up for Bizee’s Registered Agent Service and We’ll Handle the Paperwork for You
With our Registered Agent service, we’ll collect important information about your business, complete the LLC Statement of Change of Principal Address or Statutory Agent form on your behalf and send it to the ACC. Then we’ll let you know once we officially become your Statutory Agent.
Arizona Registered Agent Search
On some occasions, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents LLC in Arizona. This information is available in the state's business database.
If the Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the ACC and request the information you need.
What Happens If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent?
If you don’t assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the ACC, there are several possible ramifications, including:
- Getting served or sued and not finding out about it: If you’re unaware your LLC is being sued, you could lose to a default judgment for not responding.
- Falling out of good standing with the ACC: If you don’t respond to certain correspondence, the state may revoke your right to do business.
- Losing your status as an LLC in Arizona: A Registered Agent demonstrates to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity advantages and your LLC may be dissolved.
Acting as Your Own Registered Agent
You can be the Registered Agent for your LLC if you have an address in Arizona. We don’t recommend this approach as there are some potentially serious drawbacks:
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Arizona. If you’re forming an LLC outside the state, you'll need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
- Someone must always be on hand during business hours at the Arizona address to sign for important documents.
- The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and are searchable through the ACC's website. If you prefer your name and address aren’t published, you should choose a Registered Agent service
- Should you change your business address or move out of state, you need to update documentation with the ACC — an unnecessary step if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much simpler.
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FAQs About Arizona Statutory Agents
Do I Need to Appoint an Arizona Statutory Agent?
Yes. The ACC mandates all LLCs in the state have a Registered Agent. You'll find more details above.
When Should I Assign a Statutory Agent?
When you start your Arizona business with the ACC, you must assign a Registered Agent. You can modify your agent afterward by filing the correct form. If you form your business through Bizee, we'll fill and file all the forms on your behalf. You'll find more information above.
Can I Be My Own Statutory Agent in Arizona?
Yes, but it’s not recommended for the reasons listed above.
Does the Registered Agent for my Arizona-Based LLC Need to Have an Address in Arizona?
Yes. And if you use a company as your Registered Agent, that company must be legally able to conduct business in your state. You'll find more information above.