LegalZoom 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Learn more about
our guarantee

 
LegalZoom in The News
Home | Business & Tax | Incorporation | Colorado Incorporation


Form a Colorado Corporation



Let Legalzoom walk you through the incorporating process. With our help, creating a corporation is clear, simple, and can be done online in three easy steps. Protect your personal assets, save on your tax bill, and get the fringe benefits of a legally established business entity. Thousands of businesses have used Legalzoom to incorporate. So go ahead: go with experience. Take the next step and incorporate online today.



When incorporating in Colorado with LegalZoom, we not only file your articles of incorporation with the Colorado Secretary of State, but we also prepare customized bylaws and director resolutions. We can also obtain your Federal Tax ID Number (EIN) and provide other customized services for your Colorado corporation.

Colorado Incorporation Information

Incorporating in Colorado

Corporate Name:

The name that you choose for your Colorado corporation must be distinguishable from any other registered Colorado business entity and any reserved names or trademarks on record, subject to certain exceptions under state law.

LegalZoom allows you to choose up to 3 names, in order of preference. We will conduct a name check before filing to see which names are available.

In addition, the name must contain one of (or an abbreviation of) the following endings:
  • "Incorporated"
  • "Corporation"
  • "Limited"
  • "Company"
Colorado state law restricts the use of certain words and phrases in business names. When you form your Colorado corporation with LegalZoom, your business name choices are reviewed for compliance with applicable state laws.

Formation Requirements:

When you incorporate in Colorado, the corporation's existence begins after the articles of incorporation are filed with the Colorado Secretary of State. Colorado law requires that certain information be included in your articles of incorporation. The following is a summary of those requirements:

Incorporators:
  • Minimum Number of Incorporators: One or more persons.
  • Eligibility Requirements: A natural person must be at least eighteen years old.
  • Duties: Delivering articles to the secretary of state for filing. Those incorporating in Colorado may adopt initial bylaws if not already done so by the board of directors.
Corporate Purpose:

Colorado allows a corporation to be formed for any lawful business activity The purpose does not need to be listed in the Articles.

Director Information:
  • Minimum Number of Directors: One or more
  • Eligibility Requirements: A director must be a natural person at least eighteen years old. The bylaws may prescribe other qualifications.
  • Directors do not need to be listed in the articles.
Stock Information:
  • The articles must list the number and classes of shares that the corporation is authorized to issue.
  • If cumulative voting is not desired during the election of directors, that must be stated in the Articles.
Optional Provisions:

Colorado permits optional provisions to be integrated into the articles of incorporation for corporations incorporating in Colorado who wish to formalize additional criteria, including:
  • Names and addresses of initial directors
  • Corporate Purpose
  • Regulations on the powers of the corporation, board of directors or shareholders
  • Shareholder liability for corporate debts under certain circumstances
  • Other provisions.
Bylaws:

Generally, Colorado corporate bylaws are written to govern the corporation's business and affairs so long as the bylaws do not conflict with the articles of incorporation. A corporation maintains its bylaws at its principal executive office and is not required to file them with the state. LegalZoom will provide customized bylaws for your Colorado incorporation based on the operation requirements that you specify.

Director Information:

The board of directors of a corporation may adopt, amend or repeal bylaws subject to any restrictions in the articles.

Officer Information:

Officers may be listed in the bylaws or elected by the board in compliance with the bylaws. Additionally, at least one officer is responsible for preparing and maintaining minutes of director and shareholder meetings and for authenticating records. Any officer may hold more than one office in the corporation.

Registered Agent:

LegalZoom can also provide your business with registered agent services. Every Colorado corporation must have a registered agent in Colorado -- the person or office designated to receive official state correspondence and notice if the corporation is "served" with a lawsuit.
  • Eligibility Requirements - The registered agent must either be (1) a natural person at least eighteen years old whose primary residence or usual place of business is in the state or (2) an entity whose usual place of business is in this state.
Principal Office Address:

Colorado requires that every corporation maintain a principal office, which may be the primary residence or usual place of business of its registered agent in Colorado

Professional Corporations:

Under Colorado law, a professional corporation is formed in order to render services within a single, state-licensed profession. Professional corporations may not engage in any other business, and must comply with particular conventions in its choice of corporate name.

Annual Report:

A report must be filed with the Colorado Secretary of State by the end of the second calendar month following delivery of the corporation's original articles, and every year thereafter in the applicable filing period. This report must include the corporation's name, jurisdiction of incorporation and any information listed in its articles that has since changed.

Dissolution:

A Colorado corporation may voluntarily elect to wind up and dissolve. A corporation must file a Certificate of Dissolution when it wishes to dissolve. LegalZoom can prepare your Certificate of Dissolution and submit it to the appropriate state agency to assist you in dissolving your corporation.

Income Tax Rate:

For information on the Colorado state income tax rate, visit: http://www.revenue.state.co.us/main/home.asp

S Corporations:

S corporation status is recognized in Colorado

Filing Fees:

Currently, the fee for filing articles of incorporation in Colorado is $50 if submitted electronically. Paper filings are $125. LegalZoom files all Colorado incorporation documents electronically with the state of Colorado.