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Forming an LLC in Colorado

The specific process for forming an LLC is outlined in each state's business statutes. However, all states require the filing of certain forms - often called "articles of organization" - with a state government agency. In Colorado, for example, an LLC is formed by filing the Articles of Organization with the Colorado Secretary of State. These articles must include:

  • The LLC's name and principal address;
  • The name and address of the registered agent;
  • The name and mailing address of each person forming the LLC;
  • Whether the management of the LLC is vested in the members or one or more managers; and
  • Confirmation of at least one member.

The person who delivers the Articles of Organization must be 18 or older, but doesn't have to be a member of the LLC. The registered agent for the LLC can be a full-time Colorado resident, a domestic business with its principal offices in Colorado, or a foreign business that has a usual place of business in the state.

For your convenience, FindLaw offers helpful forms for filing your Colorado LLC with the state.

Forming a Colorado LLC: An Overview

While the process of forming an LLC is similar throughout the states, it's always important to actually look up the procedures in the state where you've chosen to form your LLC. The following table provides an overview of the steps required to form an LLC in Colorado, as well as links to relevant statutes and government agencies.

Statute(s) Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 7, Article 80, Section 7-80-101, et seq. (Limited Liability Companies)
Step-by-Step Process of Forming an LLC

Forming an LLC in Colorado requires taking the following steps:

  1. Choose name that's available and complies with entity name requirements as per Section 7-90-601.
  2. File the Articles of Organization with the Colorado Secretary of State and pay the required filing fee.
  3. Appoint a registered agent who will accept legal papers on behalf of the LLC.
  4. Comply with applicable Colorado business tax requirements.
State Agency in Charge of LLC Formation

The Colorado Secretary of State is the government entity in charge of business organizations in the state.

Related Statute(s)

Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 7, Corporations and Associations

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Forming an LLC in Colorado: Related Resources

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Have Questions About Forming an LLC in Colorado? Talk to an Attorney

While this article provides a clear guide to starting your Colorado LLC, it doesn't replace the expertise of a legal professional. This is especially true if you still have questions about LLC formation in your state. If you want help starting your LLC in Colorado, it's best to consult with a skilled business organizations attorney in your area.

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