Arizona State Resource Center
Arizona Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General serves as the chief legal officer of the State. The Attorney General is mandated by our constitution and elected to a four-year term by the people of Arizona. The Attorney General’s Office represents and provides legal advice to most State agencies; enforces consumer protection and civil rights laws; and prosecutes criminals charged with complex financial crimes and certain conspiracies involving illegal drugs.
The governor heads the executive branch. He/she is elected to a four-year term. The governor may serve any number of terms, though no more than two in a row.
- Secretary of State
The office of the Secretary of State is primarily a filing office that records and files documents from Arizona agencies, businesses and public officers.
- State of Arizona
Arizona is a southwestern U.S. state. It is one of the Four Corners states. It borders New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California, touches Colorado, and has a international border with the states of Sonora and Baja California in Mexico. In addition to the Grand Canyon, many other national forests, parks, monuments, and Indian reservations are located in the state. Its capital is Phoenix.
- State Treasurer
The State Treasurer is a constitutional officer who is elected statewide. The Treasurer serves as the state's chief financial officer charged with the prudent custody and management of state monies. The primary responsibilities of the office include the receipt, safekeeping, investment and disbursement of monies belonging to the state, as well as the safekeeping of investment securities and performance bonds held in trust on behalf of state agencies.
Arizona Legislative Branch
- Arizona Legislature
The Arizona State Legislature is a bicameral body with 30 members in the Senate and 60 members in the House of Representatives. Each district is served by one Senator and two House members.
- Arizona Ombudsman-Citizens' Aide
The Arizona Ombudsman-Citizens' Aide is an independent agency of the Arizona Legislature that was established to make government more responsive to Arizona citizens. It is the office that Arizona citizens can turn to when they feel they have been treated unfairly by a state administrator, agency, department, board or commission. The services of the Ombudsman are free and confidential.
- Auditor General
The Office of the Auditor General serves as an independent source of impartial information concerning state and local governmental entities and provides specific recommendations to improve the operations of those entities. To fulfill its statutory duties, the Office must ascertain whether public entities are making wise use of their resources—public money, personnel, property, equipment, and space; determine whether public entities are complying with applicable laws, regulations, and governmental accounting and financial and reporting standards; define standards and establish procedures for accounting and budgeting, as the Legislature requires; and provide technical assistance to state and local governmental entities.
Arizona Court Rules and Forms
- Bankruptcy Rules, General Orders & Forms (Arizona)
Forms and Publications
- State Court Rules
This website contains recent rulings from the Supreme Court relating to rules, a list of recent amendments to the rules, a list of pending rule change petitions, and a page on which pending rule change petitions may be viewed and new rule petitions and comments may be electronically filed. Also included are general guidelines for filing new rule change petitions and comments.
- State Judicial Forms
The AZTurboCourt.gov website includes links to the Arizona Judicial Branch’s online services, known as eServices. AZTurboCourt.gov eFiling services provide Limited Jurisdiction Small Claims, Civil, and Eviction Action application support for Cochise, Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties.
- U.S. District Court Civil & Criminal Jury Information (Arizona)
Provides links to information for jurors in pdf format and general info via District of Arizona website.
- U.S. District Court Forms (Arizona)
The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona hears cases in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Yuma and Prescott. Forms for filing in this court are provided in pdf format.
- U.S. District Court General Orders (Arizona)
General Orders for the Arizona District Court. Includes downloadable index in pdf format.
- U.S. District Court Rules (Arizona)
Local Rules of Practice for the District of Arizona.
Arizona Judicial Branch
- Arizona Judicial Department
The Arizona Judicial Branch consists of the Arizona Supreme Court, Division One and Division Two of the Court of Appeals, the Superior Court, the Justice Courts and the City/Municipal Courts.
- Court of Appeals - Division One
Division One serves as one of Arizona's two intermediate appellate courts. It is based in Phoenix. It consists of three judges and considers appeals emanating from eight of Arizona's fifteen counties: Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Navajo, Maricopa, Mohave and Yuma. Division One decides appeals in three-judge panels, which rotate in composition every four months.
- Court of Appeals - Division Two
Division Two serves as one of Arizona's two intermediate appellate courts. It is based in Tucson.
Arizona Executive Branch
- Arizona Geological Survey
The Arizona Geological Survey serves as a primary source of geologic information in this state to enhance public understanding of the state's geologic character, geologic hazards and limitations and mineral resources.
- Arizona Highways Online
Arizona Highways magazine’s award-winning photography and travel journalism and its steadfast commitment to discovering the state’s treasures have brought the beauty and splendor of Arizona to visitors and natives alike for more than 80 years. It is published by the Arizona Department of Transportation's publishing division.
- Arizona Lottery
The Arizona Lottery was approved by a statewide public initiative in November 1980, becoming the first state west of the Mississippi to have a legal, state-administered lottery. Although the initial approval margin was slim, subsequent referendums have shown high public support. In November 2002, 73 percent of Arizonans voted to extend the Lottery for an additional 10 years. Their mission statement is: “To support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing revenue in a responsible manner.”
- Arizona National Guard
The Arizona National Guard is an organization of volunteers dedicated to protecting and defending the interests of our community, state, and our nation. Our motto is “Always Ready…Always There.”
- Arizona Workforce Connection
The Governor's Council on Workforce Policy (Council) has developed this website to provide easy access to the workforce development system in Arizona. Whether you are interested in learning about the Council or about the variety of resources available to both job seekers and businesses/employers, you've come to the right place. If you are looking to post a job or look for available jobs please use Arizona's Virtural One-Stop service. Also available on this site is a listing of workforce events held statewide.
AZTaxes.gov is the Arizona Department of Revenue's online resource for businesses to file and pay Transaction Priviledge Taxes (TPT) and Witholding Tax online and pay Corporate Income Tax. Individuals can make Individual Income Tax payments and check the status of their refund.
- Department of Administration
The Department of Administrations's mission statement is to provide effective and efficient support services to enable government agencies, state employees and the public to achieve their goals.
- Department of Administration: State Procurement Office
SPO serves as the central procurement authority for the State of Arizona and is responsible for a variety of procurement services including regulatory services, policy-making, management, direct contracting and purchasing services, ancillary and support services as well as related technical assistance.
- Department of Agriculture
The Arizona Department of Agriculture regulates and supports Arizona agriculture in a manner that encourages farming, ranching, and agribusiness while protecting consumers and natural resources. It consists of three divisions: Animal Services Division, Environmental Services Division and the Plant Services Division. The Department also includes a State Agricultural Laboratory; a Citrus, Fruit and Vegetable Standardization and Fresh Produce Grade Inspection Program; and an Agricultural Consultation and Training program.
- Department of Commerce
Through leadership and collaborative partnerships, our mission is to create vibrant communities and a globally competitive Arizona economy. The Department accomplishes this with Innovation and Global Business Development, Community Development and Finance, The Energy Office, and Strategic Investment and Research.
- Department of Corrections
The Department of Corrections' mission statement is to serve and protect the people of Arizona by imprisoning those offenders legally committed to the Arizona Department of Corrections and by providing community based supervision for those conditionally released.
- Department of Economic Security
DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in the state of Arizona will be safe and economically secure. DES works to promote enhanced safety and well-being for Arizonans by focusing on three primary goals:strengthening individuals and families; increasing self-sufficiency; and developing the capacity of communities.
- Department of Education
Arizona Department of Education (ADE) provides a wide variety of programs ranging from drop out prevention to gifted education to tutoring to improve students' performance in school. ADE's health and nutrition program also offers healthy meals for low-income and other students in schools, preschools, day care centers, and homes. In addition, its school safety and prevention program unit offers programs in areas such as chemical abuse, driver's education, and parenting.
- Department of Environmental Quality
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's mission is to protect and enhance public health, welfare and the environment in Arizona. Established by the Arizona Legislature in 1986 in response to growing concerns about groundwater quality, ADEQ today administers a variety of programs to improve the health and welfare of our citizens and ensure the quality of Arizona's air, land and water resources meets healthful, regulatory standards.
- Department of Financial Institutions
The Department is statutorily charged with the licensing, supervision and regulation of state chartered financial institutions and enterprises. The responsibility is twofold: ensuring the safety and soundness of state chartered financial entities, as well as compliance with applicable state and federal laws. The Department also reviews complaints that are filed by consumers against licensed entities when violations of state law or rules have been alleged, directing appropriate remedial action if the violations are substantiated.
- Department of Gaming
The Arizona Department of Gaming is the State agency that partners with Arizona’s Indian Tribes to oversee Indian casinos in the State. The mission of the Department is to protect the public, ensure compliance with the Gaming Compact, and regulate the gaming industry.
- Department of Health Services
Arizona Department of Health Services. Leadership for a Healthy Arizona.
- Department of Insurance
The Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI) offers services for consumers and insurers including complaint files, premium and rate comparison charts, informational materials, forms, regulatory bulletins, and examination information. The department also investigates insurance fraud and produces several publications to help the public identify and avoid fraud. Their mission is to faithfully execute the state insurance laws in a manner that protects insurance consumers and encourages economic development.
- Department of Juvenile Corrections
The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) is responsible for juveniles adjudicated delinquent and committed to its jurisdiction by the county juvenile courts. It is accountable to the citizens of Arizona for the promotion of public safety through the management of the state's secure juvenile facilities and the development and provision of a continuum of services to juvenile offenders, including rehabilitation, treatment and education.
- Department of Library, Archives and Public Records
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records serves the information needs of Arizona citizens. Through its divisions, the Agency provides access to unique historical and contemporary resources: Archives of historical records in Arizona; Library extension assistance to public libraries; Library for the visually and physically disabled; Museums on state government history and people of the state; Public records management program; and Research and law library, (Includes Federal Regional Depository).
- Department of Liquor Licenses and Control
The Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC) is responsible for reviewing state liquor applications and issuing more than 250 new and 600 renewal licenses every month. In Arizona, 17 different license types provide for the legal production, sale and/or service of liquor at locations which include airplanes, trains, watercraft, restaurants, liquor stores and other retailers, hotels, bars, distillers, distributors, and special events. The department is organized in three divisions: the administration division, the licensing division and the investigations division.
- Department of Mines and Mineral Resources
The State of Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources is a non-regulatory State agency that aids in the promotion and development of Arizona's mineral resources. This is accomplished through technical research, field investigations, disseminating information through publications and personal contacts, and by maintaining the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum.
- Department of Public Safety
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a multi-faceted state police organization. It remains a state-level law enforcement agency working in close partnership with other agencies to protect the public and the Arizona highways. The Department's primary responsibilities rest in the areas of traffic, narcotics, organized crime/racketeering, liquor and specific regulatory functions.
- Department of Real Estate
The Department regulates real estate, cemetery and membership camping brokers and salespersons. It approves and monitors pre-licensing instruction and testing and continuing education courses. It maintains oversight of approved schools to ensure the quality content of their courses, the competence of their instructors, and the quality and timeliness of the materials being taught. The DRE also oversees the activities of licensees, investigates complaints against licensees and land developers, and participates in administrative hearings pertaining to their conduct.
- Department of Revenue
The mission of the Arizona Department of Revenue is to administer tax laws fairly and efficiently for the people of Arizona. It is our vision that we set the standard for tax services. The department is organized into nine divisions, each managed by an assistant director. Divisions include: Administrative Services, Audit, Collections, External Services and Special Projects, Information Technology, Process Administration, Property Tax, Taxpayer Services, and Tax Policy and Research.
- Department of Transportation
The Arizona Transportation (ADOT) is responsible for planning, building and operating a complex highway system in addition to building and maintaining bridges and the Grand Canyon Airport. A major component of the organization is the Motor Vehicle Division which provides title, registration and driver license services to the general public throughout the state of Arizona.
- Department of Veterans' Services
Enriching and honoring Arizona's veterans and their families through education, advocacy and service.
- Department of Water Resources
In 1980, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) was created to secure long-term dependable water supplies for Arizona's communities. The Department: administers and enforces Arizona’s groundwater code, and surface water rights laws (except those related to water quality); negotiates with external political entities to protect Arizona's Colorado River water supply; oversees the use of surface and groundwater resources under state jurisdiction, and represents Arizona in discussions of water rights with the federal government.
- Department of Weights and Measures
The Department protects consumers and retailers from unfair business practices. It ensures that commercial devices (scales, taxi, vapor recovery, liquid petroleum gas, etc.) used for the sale of commodities by weight, measure or count are licensed and accurate; prevents unfair dealing by weight, measure or count; ensures proper labeling of products sold by weight, measure or count; ensures that prices are posted and items scan correctly. The Department also provides regulatory and licensing services.
- Division of Emergency Management
The Arizona Division of Emergency Management coordinates emergency services and the efforts of governmental agencies to reduce the impact of disaster on persons and property.
- Game and Fish Department
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) Mission: To conserve, enhance, and restore Arizona's diverse wildlife resources and habitats through aggressive protection and management programs, and to provide wildlife resources and safe watercraft and off-highway vehicle recreation for the enjoyment, appreciation, and use by present and future generations.
- Government Information Technology Agency
The Arizona Government Information Technology Agency (GITA) was created in 1996 to serve as the strategic planning and coordination agency for information technology for the State of Arizona. Today, GITA serves as the official state Agency for: IT Coordination & Planning; IT Project Review & Monitoring; E-Government; Statewide Information Security & Privacy Office; Public Safety Communications; and Strategic Initiatives Unit
- Governor's Regulatory Review Council
Composed of seven members, the Council is chaired by the Director of the Department of Administration or designee, who serves ex-officio. For most agencies, the Council is the final step in the rulemaking process. The Council reviews most rules to ensure that they are necessary and to avoid duplication and adverse impact on the public. The Council assesses whether a rule is clear, concise, and understandable, legal, consistent with legislative intent and within the agency's statutory authority, and whether the benefits of a rule outweigh the cost. If a rule does not meet these criteria, the Council returns it to the agency for further consideration.
- Human Resources Division
Human Resources Information Solution (HRIS) is an integrated enterprise system that processes human resources, payroll, and benefits transactions. Every state agency, with the exception of the universities, relies on HRIS to accurately pay state employees and manage health insurance coverage. HRIS is also used by state agencies to track an employee's position, salary, leave usage, performance evaluation ratings and much more. It is the source of information relied on for analysis at the State's workforce including FTE utilization reports, compensation levels, and budget projections.
- Land Department
Land Department's Mission Statement is to manage State Trust lands and resources to enhance value and optimize economic return for the Trust beneficiaries, consistent with sound stewardship, conservation, and business management principles supporting socioeconomic goals for citizens here today and generations to come. To manage and provide support for resource conservation programs for the well-being of the public and the State's natural environment.
- Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting
To facilitate the effective and efficient allocation of resources in accordance with fiscally sound principles that will enable the Governor and state government to provide quality services to the citizens of Arizona.
- Office of Tourism: Arizona Guide
This is the official Arizona travel and vacation guide from the Arizona Office of Tourism. Find in-depth A-Z visitor information and videos about visiting the state of Arizona, including comprehensive directories of Arizona hotels, dining and shopping, as well as things to do and places to visit throughout the Grand Canyon State.
- State Compensation Fund
SCF Arizona is the leading provider of Arizona workers’ compensation insurance. As a leading advocate of workplace safety, SCF is proactive in keeping Arizona’s workers' compensation rates among the lowest in the nation. SCF covers only businesses operating in Arizona and has offices in Flagstaff, Lake Havasu City, Phoenix, Prescott, Show Low, Tucson and Yuma.
Arizona Boards and Commissions
- Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
The Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AzBBHE) will protect the public by 1) regulating licensed behavioral health professionals effectively, efficiently, professionally, and courteously, 2) collaborating with community partners to improve the level of behavioral health services provided in Arizona, and 3) providing increased outreach efforts to improve public awareness of and access to Board services.
- Arizona Board of Technical Registration
The Board of Technical Registration was established in 1921. It is a self-supporting board deriving its revenues from fee charges for application, examination, license renewal and other miscellaneous services rendered. The purpose of this Agency is to protect the public by setting appropriate registration qualifications and enforcing state statutes for the following professions and occupations: Architects, Assayers, Certified Remediation Specialists, Clandestine Drug Laboratory Site Remediation On-Site Workers and On-Site Supervisors, Engineers, Geologists, Home Inspectors, Landscape Architects, and Surveyors.
- Arizona Commission on the Arts
Founded in 1965, ACA is an official state agency that connects the arts with communities across the state and is supported by the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. ACA supports artists, art organizations, museums, libraries, schools and other community organizations through grants, technical assistance and meetings, including the annual Southwest Arts Conference.
- Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) was statutorily created in 1982 to carry out various coordinating, monitoring and reporting functions regarding the administration and management of criminal justice programs in Arizona. The ACJC serves as a resource and service organization for Arizona’s criminal justice community on a myriad of issues ranging from drugs, gangs and victim assistance to record improvement programs. The Commission also works to facilitate information and data exchange among state-wide criminal justice agencies.
- Arizona Medical Board
The Board's mission is to protect public health and safety. It is committed to serving the public through the honest, fair, and judicious licensing and regulation of allopathic physicians (MDs). The Board is comprised of 11 members – eight physicians and four public members, including a licensed registered nurse.
- Arizona State Board of Accountancy
The Board of Accountancy provides assurance to the public that the CPA profession in Arizona operates at the highest level of professional competence through verification of education and experience credentials; monitoring the requirements for continuing education; and investigation of consumer complaints. It also serves CPA professionals and applicants by providing complete information and prompt processing of CPA examinations, certification and registration.
- Arizona State Board of Nursing
The State Board of Nursing assures that standards of practice are met and that persons engaged in the practice of nursing are competent. It approves individuals for licensure, registration and certification, approves educational programs for nurses and nursing assistants, investigates complaints concerning licensee's compliance with the law, and determines and administers disciplinary actions in the event of proven violations of the Nurse Practice Act.
- Board of Regents
The Arizona Board of Regents seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy and initiatives founded upon evidence-based research. Synergies from a unified higher education system will provide access and the highest quality education to Arizona's citizens.
- Citizens Clean Elections Commission
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission enforces provisions of the Citizens Clean Elections Act. In addition to administering the provisions of Article 2, the Commission promulgates rules and enforces A.R.S. §§ 16-940 through 16-961. The website includes rules and policies, financial data, debate information, a list of participating candidates, and frequently asked questions.
- Corporation Commission
Article 15 of the Arizona Constitution establishes the Arizona Corporation Commission. In most states, the Commission is known as the Public Services Commission or the Public Utility Commission. Arizona's Commission has responsibilities that go beyond traditional public utilities regulation. These additional roles include facilitating the incorporation of businesses and organizations, securities regulation and railroad/pipeline safety.
- Industrial Commission of Arizona
The Industrial Commission of Arizona is the agency that administers and enforces state laws relating to the protection of life, health, safety and welfare of Arizona's employees. This includes laws relating to workers' compensation, occupational safety and health, payment of wages, and child labor.
- Naturopathic Physicians Board of Medical Examiners
The primary duty of the Board is to protect the public through the regulation of the practice of naturopathic medicine.
- Office of Pest Management
The mission of the Arizona Office of Pest Management is to advocate and promote, through education, training and enforcement, the safe application of pest control technologies which will result in the maximization of the health and safety of the residents of Arizona, and protection of their property and the environment.
- Peace Officer Standards and Training Board
The Board was originally created to address the need for uniform peace officer selection, recruitment, retention and training standards, and to provide curriculum and standards for all certified law enforcement training facilities. The Board was also vested with the responsibility of administering the Peace Officer Training Fund. In 1984, the legislature charged the Board with the added responsibilities of approving a state correctional officer training curriculum and establishing minimum standards for state correctional officers. The mission of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board is to foster public trust and confidence by establishing and maintaining standards of integrity, competence, and professionalism for Arizona peace officers and correctional officers.
- Postsecondary Education Commission
The mission of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) is to expand access and increase successes in postsecondary education for Arizonans. Our goals are: increase available student financial assistance; identify and implement strategies to help students and families plan, enter and succeed in postsecondary education; and provide a forum for all sectors of postsecondary education to work together on addressing and solving issues of mutual interest.
- Registrar of Contractors
The Arizona State Registrar of Contractors was established as a regulatory agency in 1931 by the Arizona State Legislature. The agency's mission is to promote quality construction by Arizona contractors through a licensing and regulatory system designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. It provides contractor licensing, quality control and oversight. The Registrar also helps resolve issues and provide compensation to consumers
- State Board of Equalization
The State Board of Equalization (SBOE) is an independent agency charged with hearing and deciding appeals of property valuations and classifications set by Maricopa and Pima County Assessors and the Department of Revenue. Board membership consists of seventeen members, seven of whom are appointed by the Governor. Ten additional members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors from Maricopa and Pima Counties. Contract Hearing Officers supplement the Board's hearings workload.
- State Parks Board
The board holds meetings throughout the year, guiding staff in accomplishing the agency's mission: “Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners.”