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The State Library of Arizona provides this website for informational purposes only and it is not intended as legal advice. This website is provided as a service, but may not be comprehensive. Since laws change over time, the sources offered may not represent the current state of the law. For more in-depth assistance, please consult legal counsel regarding your specific situation.


Abandoned cars
Abandonment, definition
Adverse Possesion
Affordable Care Act
Age Discrimination
Aged Persons
Age for School Admission
AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Air Bags
Americans with Disabilities Act
Animal Control
Animal Cruelty
Arizona Blue Book
Bill Tracking
Birth Records
Business Resources
Children and Families
City Codes
Consumer Credit Security Freeze
Consumer Issues
Consumer Price Index
Cooling Off Period
County Codes
County Recorder
Crime and Criminal Justice


Abandoned Cars

Abandoned cars as defined by Arizona State Law.  ARS § 28-4801

The fee for an abandoned vehicle in Arizona as listed on the Motor Vehicle Department’s website.  Azdot.gov/mvd/

Abandonment, Definition

Child abandonment as defined by Arizona State Law. ARS § 8-201


Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade, 1973.  410 U.S. 113
Arizona State Laws regarding abortion.  ARS § 13-3603, Partial-birth abortions ARS § 13-3603.01, Sex and or race selection ARS § 13-3603.02

Arizona Department of Health Services: Woman’s Right to Know  http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/owch/informed-consent/right-to-know/index.htm


Child abuse as defined by Arizona state law: ARS § 8-201
Abuse of Incapacitated Adults as defined by Arizona State Law: ARS § 46-451
see also: Financial exploitation. ARS § 46-456

The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) is a program designed to offer survivors of domestic violence, sexual offenses, and stalking a way to prevent their abuser from locating them through public records. It is a part of an overall safety plan.

For more information visit the Arizona Secretary of State website: http://www.azsos.gov/Info/acp/general_faq.pdf


Arizona State Law regarding Adoption: A.R.S. § 8-101

For information on Birth Certificates for adopted children please visit The Department of Health Services Vital Records website: https://azdhs.gov/licensing/vital-records/index.php



An adult is any person reaching 18 yeas of age as defined by Arizona State Law: ARS § 1-215

Adverse Possession

Adverse Possession as defined by Arizona State Law. ARS § 12-521

Affordable Care Act

Starting Oct. 1, 2013, buy insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Helpful information: healthcare.gov and coveraz.org.
What is the Health Insurance Marketplace? Learn more.
Read the guide on what you can do to prepare.

Age Discrimination

Age Discrimination as defined by Arizona State Law. ARS § 41-1463

Aged Person, Definition

An Older Arizonan is any person who is at least 60 years of age as defined by Arizona State Law. ARS § 46-191

Age for School Admission

The required age of admission to Arizona schools is between 6 and 21 years as defined by Arizona State Law. ARS § 15-821

AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

Notification to donors regarding blood test results as called for under Arizona State Law. ARS § 32-1483
Regarding discrimination against victims of AIDS Arizona Attorney General’s Opinion no. 87-159

Information on the Arizona Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) from the Department of Health Services webiste: http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/hvstdhpc/adap.htm

Air Bags

The requirement for Air Bags in automobiles is recorded in the United States Code, 49 USC § 30127
Making Air Bags inoperative is prohibited under United States Code, 49 USC § 310122
Exemptions for children and some adults are given in the Code of Federal Regulations, § 49 CFR 595


Legal drinking age means anyone 21 years or older as defined by Arizona State Law: § ARS 4-101  For more information on the Legal Age in Arizona visit the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control website: http://www.azliquor.gov/assets/documents/legal_age_to.pdf

Laws covering the consumption of Alcohol can be found in Arizona State Law, ARS § 4-205.03
Allowing anyone under the age of 19 to handle alcohol is prohibited as defined by Arizona State Law, ARS § 4-244
DUI, blood alcohol level in Arizona is stated in Arizona State Law under, ARS § 28-1382

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act is covered in United States Code Title 42 Chapter 126 sections §§ 12101 – 112213

The discrimination of anyone with disabilities is prohibited by Arizona State Law ARS § 41-1492.02

Accessibility Guidelines

Code of Federal Regulations 28 CFR 36
Assistive devices are covered in Arizona State Law under Article 11 ARS § 44-1351
Accessibility guidelines as covered in the Arizona Administrative Code R10-3-404


Title 11 Article 6 of Arizona State Law covers Animal Control.  ARS §§ 11-1001 et seq.

Animal Cruelty

Prohibitions against Animal Cruelty are covered in Arizona State Law ARS § 13-2910.
Prohibitions against animal fighting are covered in Unidted States Code 7 USC § 2156.


An Apostille is a notarized certificate of authenticity. These can be issued by the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and are regulated under Arizona State Law ARS § 41-326.

Arizona Blue Book

A.R.S.41-131 http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?
The Arizona Blue Book is available from the Secretary of State’s Office.


The Property Assessor for each county tracks ownership changes, has maps of property lines and detailed descriptions of property in their respected counties. Click in the link below for the county in which you are interested.

Attorney Certification and Licensing

The Arizona Judicial Branch provides regulation and licensing for lawyers and judges for more information visit http://www.azcourts.gov/LicensingRegulation.aspx.

Attorney Discipline

To file a complaint against an attorney contact the State Bar of Arizona http://www.azbar.org/.
Concerns about your Attorney http://www.azbar.org/LawyerConcerns.

Attorney’s Rules of Professional Conduct

The State Bar of Arizona provides a resource on the rules and conduct expected of all attorneys practicing in Arizona http://www.azbar.org/ethics/rulesofprofessionalconduct.


Bill Tracking

The process of following a Bill from introduction until the governor signs it into law is called Bill Tracking. The Arizona Legislature provides a website with all of the bills introduced in the current session. http://azleg.gov/Bills.asp These bills are designated HB (for bills introduced in the House of Representatives) and SB (for bills introduced in the Senate) followed by a number in order of it’s recording into the system. For information how an idea goes from Bill to Law please look at: From Idea To Bill To Law : The Legislative Process in Arizona.

Birth Records

Arizona Dept. of Health Services – Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Records is a database of birth  and death certificate images that date are older than 75 years (birth) and fifty years (death) from the current year.  http://genealogy.az.gov/

For more current birth records you will need to visit the ADHS Office of Vital Records. Thier website contains information on how to request a certified copy of birth and or death records. http://azdhs.gov/vital-records/


The U.S. Labor Department shows which states’ laws require breaks for private sector employees (called “minimum paid rest periods”) in this table (as of January 1, 2013).

See also Meals

Budget of Arizona

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee’s website contains the most up to date information on the current Arizona State Budget. http://www.azleg.gov/jlbc.htm

For information on the process of creating the state budget you can view this PDF file. http://www.azleg.gov/jlbc/budgetprocess.pdf

Business Resources

The Arizona Commerce Authority’s  free, online tools provide information on business licensing and statewide resources to help you start, operate, and grow your own business in Arizona.

The Checklist Program includes information on selected business activities as well as links to download license applications. It also includes telephone numbers and addresses of licensing agencies.

The Arizona Entrepreneur’s Edge has chapters on business planning, business assistance and counseling, financial options and funding sources, structuring your business, labor guidelines and workforce assistance, marketing and selling your product, and networking in the community.

Visit your local library’s webpage to see business-related programs at your community library. Many library websites have web pages devoted to small businesses as well as separate collections of resources for small business owners.

The Arizona Commerce Authority posts various small business-related events, highlighting business educational opportunities, programs, and  workshops to help develop and grow your business. http://www.azcommerce.com/news-events/events

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)’s three chapters also provide free counseling and other helpful information:

Greater Phoenix SCORE
2828 N. Central Avenue #800
Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 745-7250

Northern Arizona SCORE
1228 Willow Creek RoadSuite 2
Prescott, AZ 86301 (928) 778-7438

Southern Arizona SCORE
1400 W Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85745 (520) 505-3636

Other small business help is available from Arizona’s network of Small Business Development Centers.

Many of these organizations and resources also allow you to sign up for a weekly newsletter to keep you informed of useful news, programs and events.

See also: Starting a Business and Business (resource links).


City Codes and Regulations

see Municipal Codes


Arizona State Climate Office http://azclimate.asu.edu/
Historical Climate Data http://azclimate.asu.edu/hisclimate.php
National Weather Services Offices http://azclimate.asu.edu/nws.php

Consumer Credit Security Freeze

As defined in Arizona State Law A.R.S. 44-1698 consumers may request in writing or by form that credit reporting agencies not share their credit history with third parties without the consent of the consumer.

The Arizona Attorney General’s website has information on this law available on their website. https://www.azag.gov/identity-theft/security-freeze 

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

The Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.

To see an average of the CPI from 1913 to present visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.  http://www.bls.gov/cpi/tables.htm

Cooling Off Period


“If you buy something at a store and later change your mind, you may not be able to return the merchandise. But if you buy an item in your home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business, you may have the option. The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) Cooling-Off Rule gives you three days to cancel purchases of $25 or more. Under the Cooling-Off Rule, your right to cancel for a full refund extends until midnight of the third business day after the sale. The Cooling-Off Rule applies to sales at the buyer’s home, workplace or dormitory, or at facilities rented by the seller on a temporary or short-term basis, such as hotel or motel rooms, convention centers, fairgrounds and restaurants. The Cooling-Off Rule applies even when you invite the salesperson to make a presentation in your home.”


What is a “copyright”?

“A Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished.” (from the US Patent and Trademark Office intellectual property definitions webpage)

The Library of Congress’ Copyright Office explains copyright basics, how to search for copyright registration of a work, and related issues.

You can see a general chart on what types of works are in the public domain.  Some works cannot be copyrighted; with others, the term has expired.

The State Library of Arizona has books on copyright and other types of intellectual property in the Law Collection.

State residents can view further online copyright-related publications via the Legal Information Reference Center.

County Codes, Ordinances and Regulations

see Municipal Codes

County Recorder

The County Recorder keeps public records of actions and transactions as required by local, regional, state or federal law. Click in the link below for the county in which you are interested.

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