The Business Division of the Colorado Secretary of State handles corporate filings in Colorado. The Business Division also keeps corporate filings, handles trademarks, trade names, and issues certificates of good standing. The types of business structures available are – corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability limited partnership, and limited partnership associations. Other types, such as a sole proprietorship, do not require filings with the Secretary of State, except for registering a trade name.
Foreign and Domestic Corporations
A foreign entity is a corporation formed under a statute or common law in a jurisdiction other than Colorado, for example, another state or country. Foreign entities are recognized under the law of Colorado after the foreign entity files a Statement of Foreign Entity Authority. If a foreign entity’s true name (its name in its home jurisdiction) is not available in Colorado, the foreign entity will be required to select an assumed entity name for use in Colorado. The assumed name will be the entity name used to transact business in Colorado. Foreign entities are required to have a registered agent in Colorado.
Domestic corporations are those formed under the laws of Colorado itself, under or subject to the Colorado Business Corporation Act (“CBCA”), articles 101 to 117 of title 7, C.R.S.
Officers and documents
Corporations in Colorado must have one or more incorporators whose names and addresses will appear in the articles of incorporation. Directors do not have to appear in the initial filing. All must be at least 18 years old and a natural person – that is, a corporation cannot act as an incorporator for another corporation.
Although corporations can be formed for any lawful purpose, the purpose does not have to be stated in the articles of incorporation. The articles of incorporation do have to list the stock shares authorized for issue (number and class). Every corporation is required to maintain a primary office. This can be the same as the registered agent’s address.
Forming a corporation online
Incorporation in Colorado can be handled remotely through our services. We act as the liaison between you and the Colorado Secretary of State. At CorpNet you can find complete packages that allow you to start your corporation or LLC without missing key steps or documents.
Incorporating online is as easy as providing some initial information and deciding which type of corporation best fits your needs. CorpNet is available to help you start a corporation in Colorado and one-year Registered Agent Services is standard in our packages. We also include unlimited customer support.