Licensing requirements should be checked at the City, County and State levels of government. Trade Names are filed with the Arizona Secretary of State. A Certificate or Affidavit of Trade Name can then be recorded with the County Recorder’s office.

Local Licensing, Trade Names and DBA’s

Licensing requirements for corporations and limited liability companies in Arizona vary according to the businesses pursuit. In addition to complying with any licensing requirements of any state regulatory agency, County and City codes where the company will have a business presence should be reviewed. Local governments are well trained in informing an entrepreneur what licensing requirements exist in their jurisdiction.

In addition to local licensing requirements, it is common for a business to register a trade name (also referred to as a “dba”) with the Secretary of State. An Affidavit of Trade Name can also be recorded at the County level. While the registration of trade names, a dba, or trademark is not legally required in Arizona, it is an accepted business practice. Arizona law 44-1460 allows any person, sole proprietor, partnership or corporation to register a trade name.

Applications for trade names (also referred to as a “DBA” are filed with the Secretary of State. Trade name forms and Trademark forms are downloadable from the Secretary of State Online Trade Name and Trademark Program page. When the Secretary of States office has approved the application, the Certificate of Trade Name can be recorded with the Recorders office in the county of the business principal location. Recording the certificate is optional, but is seen by some as a way of preserving the rights to the company name.

Filing a DBA (trade name) is not limited to sole proprietors. An LLC or Corporation needs to register a DBA, when it will does business under an assumed name. For example, if XYZ LLC will do business as “ABC Arizona”, then XYZ LLC must file an Application of Trade Name with the Arizona Secretary of State. This provides notice that XYZ LLC does business as ABC Arizona.

This page will be of assistance in contacting Arizona county and city governments for licensing and recordation of trade name affidavits. Each Arizona county with its corresponding county seat is listed in the table appearing immediately below. By navigating to the county website, you will be able to locate the recorder’s office to record a trade name and check county licensure requirements.

For information about business regulation and licensing requirements at the state level, please see Licensing Board and Regulatory Agencies in Arizona.

City Business License Pages
Avondale
Camp Verde
Chandler
Flagstaff
Florence
Gilbert
Glendale
Goodyear
Kingman
Mesa
Phoenix
Scottsdale
Sedona
Surprise
Tempe
Yuma

Websites for other cities in Arizona are listed below. While you may not find business licensing specifically discussed at some, you will find telephone numbers and addresses for further inquiry.

City Websites
Apache Junction
Avondale
Bisbee
Buckeye
Bullhead City
Camp Verde
Carefree
Cave Creek
Chandler
Chino Valley
Clarkdale
Coolidge
Cottonwood
Eagar
El Mirage
Eloy
Flagstaff
Fountain Hills
Gilbert
Glendale
Goodyear
Holbrook
Lake Havasu City
Litchfield Park
Marana
Maricopa
Mesa
Nogales
Oro Valley
Page
Paradise Valley
Parker
Payson
Phoenix
Pinetop-Lakeside
Prescott
Prescott Valley
Quartzsite
Queen Creek
Scottsdale
Sedona
Show Low
Sierra Vista
Snowflake
Springerville
St Johns
Surprise
Tempe
Thatcher
Tolleson
Tombstone
Willcox
Williams
Winslow
Wickenburg
Yuma
Arizona Counties and County Seats
County
Apache
Cochise
Coconino
Gila
Graham
Seat
St. Johns
Bisbee
Flagstaff
Globe
Safford
County
Greenlee
La Paz
Maricopa
Mohave
Navajo
Seat
Clifton Parker
Phoenix Kingman
Holbrook
County
Pima
Pinal
Santa Cruz
Yavapai
Yuma
Seat
Tucson
Florence
Nogales
Prescott
Yuma
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