August 23, 2016

Colorado Secretary of State

The Colorado Secretary of State handles the formation and organization of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) in Colorado.

Information on forming a Colorado LLC can be found at the Colorado Secretary of State homepage.

Who Can be Part of a Colorado LLC?

A limited liability company consists of one or more members which may be individuals, partnerships, limited partnerships, trusts, estates, associations, corporations, other limited liability companies or other business entities.

What do I have to do to form a limited liability company? What are the advantages?

A domestic limited liability company must complete and file Articles of Organization with the Colorado Secretary of State.

Members of a Colorado LLC are afforded limited liability and have pass-through taxes similar to a partnership.

Does Colorado recognize single member limited liability companies?

The Colorado Secretary of State will approve single-member LLCs.

How long does the Secretary of State Office take to process my LLC formation documents?

It typically takes approximately 20 days for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office to process LLC Articles of Organization and other LLC formation documents.

Colorado LLC Name Requirements

State the name of the limited liability company. The name of a limited liability company must contain the term or abbreviation “limited liability company”, “ltd. liability company”, “limited liability co.”, “ltd. liability co.”, “limited”, “llc”, “l.l.c.”, or “ltd.”

Inclusion of any of these terms: “bank” or “trust” or any derivative thereof, “credit union”, “savings and loan”, “insurance”, “casualty”, “mutual”, or “surety” may be prohibited or restricted by Colorado law, and may be regulated by other state agencies (for example, use of the term “bank” requires Division of Banking approval).

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office cannot file a document which contains a name that falsely implies governmental affiliation.

Registered Agent

A registered agent must be an individual age 18 years or older whose primary residence or usual place of business is in Colorado, a domestic entity having a regular place of business in Colorado or a foreign entity authorized to transact business or conduct activities in Colorado that has a usual place of business in Colorado. If the entity has a usual place of business in Colorado, it may serve as its own registered agent.

Click here to find out what a Registered Agent service is and whether you need one.

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