ALERT! The new federal Corporate Transparency Act goes into effect January 1, 2024. This Act requires corporations, partnerships and other business entities to submit a form providing certain Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI).

This is a federal law for which the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is fully responsible for administering. (FinCEN is a division of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.)

As the CTA is a federal law, the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State has no role in administering or monitoring compliance to this law. As such, all required forms are filed with FinCEN. You do not need to file a BOI form with the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State, nor do you need to let us know that you have filed the information with FinCEN.

New business entities will be required to submit these forms within 90 days of the business entity formation. Additionally, existing entities formed before January 1, 2024, are required to submit forms by December 31, 2024.

Questions about this new federal requirement, including assistance in filling out or submitting forms can be found by contacting FinCEN or the third-party professional services providers listed below:

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
1-800-767-2825
Disclaimer

This office is a filing agency, and we cannot provide legal advice or interpret statutes. Please refer to Arizona Revised Statutes or consult an attorney if you have questions regarding laws that apply to your specific filing.

Partnerships

Effective immediately an email address will be required for all partnership applications. A new online partnership program will be launched in 2022 and collecting an email address now will assist with the transition into the new program. Failure to provide an email address will result in your application being returned to you. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

The Arizona Secretary of State files limited partnerships for the state of Arizona. Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) Title 29 governs the filing and recording of limited partnerships. All limited partnerships, per A.R.S. 29-301(7), two or more persons under the laws of this state and having one or more general partners and one or more limited partners. If you desire to conduct business as any limited partnership, you must file with our office to receive that designation.

Limited partnerships consist of three types: limited partnership (“LP”), limited liability partnerships (“LLP”), and limited liability limited partnerships (“LLLP”). Also, where the partnership is domiciled is important, because our forms differentiate between domestic and foreign limited partnerships. A domestic limited partnership refers to a partnership domiciled within Arizona, and a foreign limited partnership is domiciled outside of Arizona but intends to also do business in Arizona.

See Form Directory

Filing Fee: Fees depend on the type of filing you submit. Specific fees can be found in the form directory. You may expedite your application if you include an additional $25 fee. Checks and money orders can be made out to, “Arizona Secretary of State.” Please do not send cash by mail.

Filing Length: Valid until amended or cancelled

Processing Time: 2-3 weeks. Expedited applications are processed within 3-5 business days from when we receive your application.

Certificate of Existence: Processing fee for Certificate of Existence is $5.00 dollars. Please complete a public records request and mail in with correct processing fee. Regular processing time is 5-10 days, if expediting please add an additional $25.00 expedite fee and processing time will be with in 5 days.

PLEASE NOTE: All return labels (Fedex, UPS, DHL, etc.) must include customer's mailing address as both sender and recipient.

  • If you would like a receipt of processing, mail the original plus one copy along with a prepaid return envelope. You will not be sent a conformed copy if a prepaid return envelope is not provided.
  • You may submit a photocopy of a signed original partnership form.
  • A "certificate of existence" may be requested with a Public Records Request Form. Cost is $5.00.
  • Our search website does not provide electronic scanned images of what has been previously processed. To get paper copies of what has been recorded for a partnership, submit a Public Record Request Form. Our office will contact you with a price (10 cents per page filing fee, and for certified copies please include an additional $5). Payment must be received prior to processing your request.
  • If you have any questions, please call us at 602-542-6187 or 1-800-458-5842 or email us.

Filing By Mail

Secretary of State
Attn: Partnerships
1700 W. Washington Street, Fl. 7
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2808

In-Person Filing - Phoenix Office

State Capitol Executive Tower
1700 W. Washington Street
Suite 220

In-Person Filing - Tucson Office

Arizona State Complex Building
400 West Congress
First Floor, Suite 141

Contact Business Services

Office of the Secretary of State
Business Services Division
1700 W Washington St Fl 7
Phoenix AZ 85007-2808

602-542-6187
1-800-458-5842