There are three ways to incorporate your business in Colorado:

  1. Hire a lawyer to do the job for you (the most expensive option)
  2. Walk in to the State Department office and do it by yourself
  3. Use a professional incorporation company, like Active Filings.

CO Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Colorado Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Colorado, you can file Articles of Incorporation online (it will take the SOS 1 day to process your filing). If you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business, we are authorized to file online with the state, and we’ll form your LLC or corporation in 1 business day.

To complete your Colorado Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name The name must contain the word “corporation,” “company,” “incorporated” or “limited,” or an abbreviation of one of these words. The name must not imply that it is organized for any purpose not stated in this chapter or the articles. 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.
Company Purpose List the reason for forming the corporation or the business/activity which the corporation will engage in.
Authorized Shares List the number of shares of corporate stock you are currently authorizing. Technically, this is when you “create” your stock (more can always be authorized later), and that stock will be issued to your shareholders at your first shareholder meeting.
Registered Agent Information In Colorado, a registered agent (also known as a resident agent) is an individual or business that serves as your company’s official point of contact for lawsuits and legal notices. As part of Active Filings’ incorporation service, we include a year of registered agent service when you hire us to incorporate your business in Colorado.
Names and Addresses of the Incorporators The incorporator is the person or company authorized to form the corporation. For example, if you hired us, we would list ourselves as the incorporator. The incorporator does not have any stake in or claim to the corporation being formed.

Director Information

Minimum Number One or more
Residence Requirements No provision
Age Requirements Natural person, 18 years old
Articles of Incorporation Directors are not required to be listed

Officer Information

Articles of Incorporation Officers are not required to be listed

Stock Information

An increase in shares or par value does not effect initial fees.

Yearly Requirements

  • Annual Statements
  • Domestic corporations must pay $25 every two years. A report must be filed with the Secretary of State no later than the second month following the mailing of the report form by the Secretary of State.
  • New corporations must file first corporate report in second year succeeding the calendar year in which it was incorporated.

Income Tax Rate

5% of the net income from sources within Colorado.

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When you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business in Colorado, you’ll receive everything you need to track and maintain your company, this includes:

  • Free expedited service
  • One year of registered agent service
  • An online account where you can add additional services, track orders, maintenance requirements and digital notifications.

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