I am an out-of-state company with a new Arizona employee

If your business is organized under the laws of another state or country* and you want to transact business in Arizona and/or have one or more employees in Arizona, you may need to register as a foreign entity with either the Arizona Secretary of State or the Arizona Corporation Commission, depending on your business structure. 

 

License and registration requirements are not the same for every business. Note: Not all businesses need a license and some may need more than one. Arizona's new universal licensing recognition law makes it easier for people who are already licensed in another state to get an occupational license at the same level in Arizona. Click here to learn more.

 

Select from the list below to create a checklist pertinent to your business needs that will direct you to most of the business forms you may need and information for contacting licensing agencies. For additional information regarding Transaction Privilege Tax, Business, and Regulatory licensing, see the Business Licensing page.

 

PLEASE NOTE: While creating your checklist, if you do not find your particular business occupation/activity, there may be several items that will direct you to most of the information you need. For example, if you plan to open a bowling alley, activities you might select include: selling a product, selling food/beverage, amusement, rental, etc.

 

*If you are not a citizen of the United States, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has information on Working in the United States. 
 

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Business Structure
My business is organized under the laws of another state or country
I will be a Sole Proprietorship
I will be a General Partnership
I will be a Limited Partnership
I will be a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or Professional LLC
I will be a Corporation, Professional Corporation or S Corporation
I will be a Nonprofit Corporation
I will be a Benefit Corporation
I am not sure which business structure I will be
Business Name, Trademark and Service Mark
I plan to operate my business under a trade/DBA (Doing Business As) name
I plan to file an Arizona Trademark or Service Mark
I plan to file a Federal Trademark or Service Mark
My business will be based and/or operate in the following cities/towns
Apache Junction
Avondale
Benson
Bisbee
Buckeye
Bullhead City
Camp Verde
Carefree
Casa Grande
Cave Creek
Chandler
Chino Valley
Clarkdale
Clifton
Colorado City
Coolidge
Cottonwood
Dewey-Humboldt
Douglas
Duncan
Eagar
El Mirage
Eloy
Flagstaff
Florence
Fountain Hills
Fredonia
Gila Bend
Gilbert
Glendale
Globe
Goodyear
Guadalupe
Hayden
Holbrook
Huachuca City
Jerome
Kearny
Kingman
Lake Havasu City
Litchfield Park
Mammoth
Marana
Maricopa
Mesa
Miami
Nogales
Oro Valley
Page
Paradise Valley
Parker
Patagonia
Payson
Peoria
Phoenix
Pima
Pinetop-Lakeside
Prescott
Prescott Valley
Quartzsite
Queen Creek
Safford
Sahuarita
San Luis
Scottsdale
Sedona
Show Low
Sierra Vista
Snowflake
Somerton
South Tucson
Springerville
St Johns
Star Valley
(Sun City/ Sun City West)
Superior
Surprise
Taylor
Tempe
Thatcher
Tolleson
Tombstone
Tucson
Tusayan
Wellton
Wickenburg
Willcox
Williams
Winkelman
Winslow
Youngtown
Yuma
My business will be based in an unincorporated region of the county
My business will be based in an unincorporated region of the county
My business activity(ies) will include engaging in activities subject to transaction privilege (sales)/use tax
Advertising - delivery or dissemination of advertising information by direct mail, radio, billboards, television, or any other means
Amusements - charging admission or user fees for exhibition, amusement, entertainment or activities (includes tours)
Construction/Construction-Related Activity - modifying real property
Feed at Wholesale - sellers of animal feed, even if selling to someone who intends to resell the feed
Job Printing, Engraving, Embossing, or Copying
Mining/Nonmetal
Online Lodging Marketplace
Operating pipelines for transporting oil or natural or artificial gas from one point to another in Arizona
Private (Rail) Car - operating, furnishing or leasing railroad cars to be used for transporting persons or freight within Arizona
Promoter of Special Events
Publishing - newspapers, magazines, or other publications in Arizona
Renting, Leasing, Licensing for Use of Real Property (includes commercial buildings, apartments, homes or other residential units)
Renting, Leasing, Licensing for Use of Tangible Personal Property (includes rental of equipment, automobiles, tools, furniture, coin-operated laundromats/car washes, etc.)
Selling a Product (includes service/repair businesses that provide parts/materials)
Selling Food and Food-Related Products/Beverages
Telecommunications (includes telephone, FAX, monitoring of security or alarm systems, computer interface, telegraph, etc.)
Timbering & Other Extraction
Transient Lodging (includes apartments, bed & breakfast, hotel/motel, tourist home, campground, space for mobile home, etc.)
Transporting for Hire - transporting persons, freight, or property
Use Tax - use, store or consume tangible personal property upon which tax has not been collected; Out-of-state retailers or utility businesses that sell to Arizona customers
Utilities – producing and/or furnishing to consumers, natural or artificial gas and water (includes providing various electric services to retail customers)
My business activity will involve
Animal Food (Feed) Products (includes pet food)
Apparel and Labeling (including textile, wool, fur, apparel and leather matters)
Arizona Grown (includes Arizona Food, Fiber and Beverages)
Auction House/ Auctioneer
Barcode
Business Opportunity
Buying an Existing Business
Cats, Dogs, and other Animals
Children's Products
Clothing and Textiles
Commercial Weighing (Scale), Measuring, Metering or Counting Device
Consumer Products
Cosmetics
Cosmetology/Hairstyling/Nail Technology/Aesthetics
Document Authentication and Apostille (travelling overseas, or sending documents for use in a foreign country)
Exporting
Farm/Nursery/Nursery Products (includes Arizona native plants)
Filming
Firearms/Ammunition
Firewood Sales
Food and Food-Related Products/Beverages (includes Baked and Confectionery Goods, and Dietary Supplements)
Hemp/Cannabidiol (CBD)-Containing Products
Homeowners' Association (HOA)
Importing
Indian Arts and Crafts
Internet/Online/Mail Order Sales or Services
Invention, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (includes patents)
Jewelry (includes precious or semiprecious stones, cultured pearls, watches, clocks, and goods, wares and merchandise commonly classified as jewelry)
Liquor Sales/Microbrewery Products/Farm Wineries/Cider Products
Livestock, Poultry, Fish, Meat, Milk, Eggs
Lobbying
Made in USA Claims
Manufactured Homes, Factory-Built Buildings (FBBS), Mobile Homes
Manufacturing/Manufacturing-Related Activity (includes simple to advanced)
Motor Fuels, Fuel Tax and Reporting, Fueling Devices, and/or Motor Fuel Dispensers
Motor Vehicles
Music - Incorporating Copyrighted Music in Place of Business
Organic Products
Pay-Per-Call Services (includes 900-number)
Peddler/Vendor/Door-To-Door Sales/Hanging Flyers
Pesticides/Pest Control (includes herbicides, etc.)
Precious Items
Recycling (includes green business practices)
Renewable Energy
Scrap Metals/Junk Metals
Special Events, Craft Shows & Trade Shows
Telephone Solicitation (includes any voice communication to a telephone number in Arizona from a live operator, announcing device or other means of offering merchandise for sale or rent)
Tires (includes sales of tires on new vehicles)
Tobacco Product (includes vapor product, tobacco or shisha instruments or paraphernalia)
Waste Products (includes biohazardous medical wastes)
Wildlife (includes Fish)
Medical/Healthcare-related business activity
Acupuncture
Adult Day Health Care Facility
Ambulance (Air/Ground)
Athletic Trainer
Chiropractor/Chiropractic Services
Cosmetic Laser/Laser Hair Removal/Laser Tattoo Removal
Counselor/Therapist/Psychologist/Psychotherapy Services/Social Worker/Behavior Analyst
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Instructor
Drugs/medical devices for humans or pets (includes over-the-counter, generic, prescription medications and devices and non-prescription medications, and compressed medical gases)
Health Club/Gym/Yoga Studio/Fitness Center
Laboratory
Long Term Care Facility (Nursing Home)
Massage/Massage Therapy Related Business (includes bodywork)
Medical Facilities
Medical Marijuana
Medical Transcriptionist
Midwifery
Non-Medical Home Care
Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy Assistant
Optical
Pharmacies/Pharmacists/Pharmaceuticals
Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant/Physical Therapy Entity
Podiatrist
Residential Healthcare Facility (includes Assisted Living Center/Home and Behavioral Health Residential Facility, Adult Foster Care Home, Behavioral Health Respite Home, and Behavioral Health Therapeutic Home)
Speech & Hearing Professionals (includes Audiology or Dispensing Audiology, Hearing Aid Dispensing, Speech-Language Pathology)
X-Ray Facility/Unit
X-Ray Service Provider/Installer
Additional Business Occupations and Activities
Accountant/Accounting Firm/CPA/Bookkeeper
Alarm-Related Business/Alarm Agent
Animal Crematory
Architect/Firm/Branch
Athlete Agent
Attorney/Lawyer/Practice Law
Background Checks/Pre-Employment Screening
Banking/Finance-Related Business
Barber/Barber-Related Business
Barter Exchange
Bingo/Gambling/Gaming
Body Art/Body Art Establishment (includes tattoos, permanent makeup, piercings, branding and scarifications)
Boxing/Martial Arts-Related Businesses
Business Broker
Business/Life/Professional Coach
Business/Management Consultant
Career Counseling/Resume Writing
Carpet Cleaning
Child Care/Child Care Facility (includes Child Care Group Home, Center and Public School)
Cleaning Service/Janitorial Maintenance
Collection Agency (includes some billing services)
Computer-Related Business
Court Reporter
Credit Repair/Credit Services
Customs Broker/Customs Brokerage
Dance Instructor/Studio
Disc Jockey/DJ Services
Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Dressmaker/ Embroiderer/ Professional Alterations /Sewing Professional/Tailor
Dry Cleaner/Laundry Service
Employment/Placement/Modeling/Talent Agency
Engineer/Firm/Branch Office
Enrolled Agent/Tax Return Preparer
Equine Dentist
Escort Service
Event Planner
Fiduciary/Guardian/Conservator/Personal Representative
Financial Planner / Estate Planner / Investment Adviser / Investment Adviser Representative / Securities Dealer / Securities Salesman / Stockbroker
Florist/Flower Shop
Franchise
Games of Chance
Gardener/Lawn Care
Geologist/Firm/Branch
Graphic Design and Related Activities
Handyman
Home Inspector/Firm/Branch
Insurance-Related Business
Interior Design
Land Surveyor/Firm/Branch
Landscape Architect/Firm/Branch
Landscaping/Lawn Maintenance
Legal Assistant/Legal Document Preparer/Paralegal
Legal Transcriptionist
Locksmith
Marriage solemnization/Officiating at marriage ceremony
Moving Company
Multi-Level Marketing/Sales (Mary Kay)
MVD Authorized Third Party Provider (ATP)
Notary/Notary-Related Activity
Pawn Shops/Pawnbrokers
Payroll Service
Pet Grooming
Photography/Video Production
Pool Cleaning
Private Investigator/Private Investigation Agency
Private Process Server
Private School
Professional Employer Organization (PEO)
Professional Organizer
Racing - Greyhound/Horse
Real Estate-Related Business
Security Guard/Security Guard Agency
Service-Based Activity
Solar-Related Business
Tanning Salon/Booth/Products
Taxidermist
Telemarketing
Tour/Guide Services
Towing and Recovery
Travel Agency/Agent
Vending Machines
Veterinarian/Veterinary Technicians/Veterinary Premises
Vocational/Trade Schools/Degree Granting Programs
Window Cleaning Service
Window Tinting
Having Employees and Job Training Programs
Having Full-time or Part-time Employees
Independent Contractors
Required Workplace Posters
Arizona Job Training Program
Apprenticeship Program

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