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The Colorado Secretary of State requires every CO LLC to have a Registered Agent. Once you have assigned a Colorado Registered Agent, they can receive official correspondence and documents on behalf of your CO business. Registered Agents can be individuals or other specialized Registered Agent service businesses.
Your LLC must have a Colorado Registered Agent at all times. You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing CO Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent service.
Here’s some important information from the Colorado Secretary of State on CO Registered Agent services.
“The registered agent is the individual or business responsible for accepting service of process for an entity and isn’t necessarily an owner or director. The registered agent is responsible for forwarding service of process to the entity. “
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing a Colorado Registered Agent service for your business. They are:
If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Colorado
If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in Colorado
The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Colorado, not a P.O. Box
The CO Registered Agent must be available in person during normal business hours to sign for any correspondence
Note that the CO Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your Colorado LLC business address.
What can you expect from your Colorado Registered Agent? Their main function is to accept official documents and correspondence from the CO Secretary of State. This includes:
Correspondence from the Colorado Secretary of State
Service of process notices (e.g., if your CO LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
Official Colorado state and federal government correspondence and notifications
Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports
Incfile provides a complete Colorado Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s incorporated in CO. Even better, if you choose to incorporate your Colorado business through Incfile, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that.
Incfile is authorized to conduct business in Colorado and can legally act as your Registered Agent.
Here’s what you need to know about Incfile’s CO Registered Agent service:
The Registered Agent will always be available to accept documents and letters on your behalf
We automatically notify you whenever we receive correspondence for your business from the Colorado Secretary of State or anyone else
We scan your correspondence and upload it to a dashboard, so you can review it when convenient
We forward all correspondence to an address you choose
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Colorado LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Your business needs to have a Colorado Registered Agent Service as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.
You will need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Articles of Organization. This is the form that you file with the CO Secretary of State to formally create your business.
When you incorporate through us, we complete and file your Articles of Organization based on the information you’ve provided. Additionally, we give you a free Colorado Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your CO Registered Agent in the form that we file.
You can also change your CO Registered Agent service after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Colorado Registered Agent, you can complete a Statement of Change. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the secretary of state so they can update your records.
When you choose to use our CO Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete the form on your behalf and send it to the Colorado Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Colorado LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Colorado Secretary of State, which will often provide details of a specific business’ Registered Agent.
If the CO Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Colorado Secretary of State requesting the information.
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Colorado Secretary of State? There are several possible ramifications, including:
Getting served or sued and not finding out about it: If your LLC is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgment in your absence.
Falling out of good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State: If you don’t respond to certain correspondence (like the request for your Annual Report), certain states may revoke your right to do business.
Losing your status as a Colorado LLC: A CO Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Colorado LLC may be dissolved.
If you have an address in Colorado, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:
The CO Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Colorado. If you’re forming an LLC outside CO, you will need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Colorado address to sign for important documents.
The CO Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Colorado Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address aren’t published, you might choose a Registered Agent service.
If you change your Colorado business address or move out of state, you would need to file additional documentation with the CO Secretary of State for the new address if you act as your own Registered Agent. This would not be the case if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much simpler.
Yes. All CO LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Colorado Secretary of State.
You can either do it when you incorporate your Colorado business through paperwork filed with the CO Secretary of State or afterward by filing the correct form. If you form your business through Incfile, we will file all necessary forms on your behalf.
Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above. If you still want to be your own Registered Agent, you just need to fill in the correct forms and pay a fee to the Colorado Secretary of State.
Yes. Additionally, if they are a business providing Registered Agent services, they must be legally able to conduct business in your state.
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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.
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