Is Your Foreign LLC Qualified to Do Business in AZ?

Is Your Foreign LLC Qualified to Do Business in AZ?

Business Formation, Foreign LLC, Limited Liability Company, registration to transact business
I frequently see startups who've organized as limited liability companies that operate (or at least have an office) here in Arizona but (for a various of reasons) opted to initially form in another state, such as Delaware or Nevada. Many of these LLC owners or partners don't realize that having formed in one state does not automatically mean that it can conduct business any old way in the other 49--- including Arizona.  This misconception can be a costly one. "Foreign" vs. Domestic LLCs in Arizona The Arizona Limited Liability Company Act (Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 29, Chapter 7) (the "Act") specifically requires a foreign LLC to obtain a certificate of registration "before transacting business" in Arizona (A.R.S. 29-3902(A)) [formerly §29-802(A)]).   In other words, here in Arizona anyway, every foreign (i.e., one formed…
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