If you have further questions regarding business filings or fees, need additional filing forms, or want to contact your state's business division, here is the agency's contact information.
Colorado Secretary of State
1700 Broadway, Suite #200
Denver, CO 80290
(303) 894-2200, Press 2
FAX: (303) 869-4864
If you have further questions regarding business taxes, need additional tax forms, or want to communicate with your state's tax division, here is the agency's contact information.
Colorado Department of Revenue
1375 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80261
(303) 238-7378 (call Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Colorado State Statutes
To research the State Statutes for Colorado Corporations, LLCs and Partnerships, click here.
Certain types of businesses in the state are required to obtain a license and pay a fee. The following is partial list:
- Family Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Real Estate
Please check with the state to make sure your business is complying with the license requirements for your particular profession. See the State Regulated Businesses list (complete with contact phone numbers) located at the bottom of this state page.
Initial Filing Requirements
Below is an overview of Colorado's fees and initial requirements for corporations and limited liability companies.
Filing time is the estimate of total turnaround time from the date it is submitted from SmallBiZ.com to the date it is received back from the state.
1 to 2 days (plus mailing time using US Priority Mail)
2 to 3 days (plus mailing time using first class US Mail)
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Choosing a Name
- The name must contain the word "Corporation," "Company," "Incorporated," "Limited," or an abbreviation thereof.
- Limited Liability Companies must contain the word "limited liability company," "LLC," or "L.L.C."
- The name must not imply it is organized for any purpose not stated in its chapter or articles of incorporation.
- The name must not be the same as or deceptively similar to the name of any domestic or foreign corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, and other business entities formed in Colorado.
None required for Colorado domestic or foreign corporations or limited liability companies.
Periodic Reports (formerly Annual Reports): HB 10-1403 changed the terminology used to describe the Annual Report to "Periodic Report." This report is a simple document to be filed only with the Secretary of State. It should not be confused with an entity's financial records, tax returns, or any other business reporting. Periodic Reports are filed online with a $10 processing fee. E-filed reports are "real time," so any delays and extra expense caused by mailing and/or processing can be avoided. To read more about Periodic Reports, click here.
- Directors: One or more, no residence requirements, must be at least 18 years old, initial directors not required to be listed on Articles of Incorporation.
- Officers: Not required to be listed on articles.
- Stock: Number of shares or par value does NOT alter filing fees or annual fees.
- Must have at least one member.
The following are required to be kept in your records at your principal office:
- Articles of incorporation and all amendments
- Current bylaws
- Minutes of shareholders' meetings
- Records of shareholders' actions taken without a meeting
- Copy of most recent corporate report
- Written communications to shareholders within the past three years
- List of names and business addresses of current directors and officers
- All financial statements for the preceding three years
- The state of Colorado does not have any requirements for limited liability companies to maintain anything similar to corporate records.