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Last updated July 13, 2021

Colorado LLC
Certificate of Good Standing

How to form an LLC in Colorado
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Colorado.

Detailed Lessons:

5. EIN Number
6. Periodic Report
7. Taxes
8. Good Standing ← you are here


Colorado LLC costs:
LLC filing fee: $50 (one-time)
LLC periodic report: $10 (every year)

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Colorado LLC - Certificate of Good Standing

Video Transcript:

The following information is provided for educational purposes only and in no way constitutes legal, tax, or financial advice. For legal, tax, or financial advice specific to your business needs, we encourage you to consult with a licensed attorney and/or CPA in your state. The following information is copyright protected. No part of this lesson may be redistributed, copied, modified or adapted without prior written consent of the author. A Certificate of Good Standing is a document issued by the State confirming that a business has met all of its ongoing requirements and does not owe any money to the State. It is not a requirement to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing after you form your LLC, but it is beneficial to have one on file. A Certificate of Good Standing may be requested by your bank when you’re opening a business account, a title company if you’re LLC is purchasing real estate, or by any 3rd party needs to confirm your LLC is in good standing. You can download your Certificate of Good Standing from the State’s website for free. We want to show you how to obtain your Certificate of Good Standing. The link below this video will take you to the State’s website. Here we are on the State’s website under the “Record Identification or ID Search. Very simple. Under this 1st box here to the right of “Business Name”, you going to enter the name of your LLC, and you can just include the 1st part (you don’t need to include the designator “LLC” or “L.L.C.”). I want to go ahead and paste in a sample company here that’s on record in Colorado. Okay, I’ve entered “tomahawk development” into the Search Box. Just so you know, capitalization does not matter (it can be upper case, lower case, or any variation). Once you have your name in there, go ahead and click “Search”. You’ll then see your name appear in the list. We can see here’s “Tomahawk Development”, and it shows the data formation. On the far left, we’re going to click on the ID Number representing this entity. Below the summary information, down here in the 2nd link, it says “Get a Certificate of Good Standing”, you’re going to click that. It’s very simple process. Let this page load; sometimes it can take a couple seconds and you’ll see right there they issue the Certificate right on the spot, and this is in PDF format. Now, in order to save this on your computer so you can save it digitally (and we also recommend you print it out and maybe save a copy or 2 with your records), you need to hover your mouse over the lower right-hand corner, and then a number of icons will appear. You want to click on the “Disk” icon, and that’s gonna load up the “Save” window. I’m going to save this on my desktop. Now you can see it says “CERT_GS_D”. I’d recommend that you change their name to something that you’re going to remember and is more recognizable. I’m going to go ahead and paste in a format that I think is helpful. Here we go. It’s quite long. Let me scroll over to the beginning here. So I put hyphens or dashes in between the words to make it really easy to read. So it’s “Cert-of-Good-Standing-Tomahawk-Development-LLC”, and then I’m going to click “Save”, and that document is now saved on my desktop. From there, I’m going to go ahead and print out 2 copies, and save those with my records. Once you’ve saved a copy of your Certificate of Good Standing, you’re all set. And that completes this Lesson.

Obtain Your Certificate of Good Standing


Who Needs Your Certificate of Good Standing

A Certificate of Good Standing may be requested by:

• your bank when you are opening a business account
• a title company if your LLC is purchasing real estate
• any 3rd party that needs to confirm your LLC is in good standing

Colorado Secretary of State Contact Info

Colorado Secretary of State
Business Organizations
Phone: 303-894-2200 (Mon. -Fri., 8am – 5pm Mountain Time)
Email: business@sos.state.co.us (they reply fast)

Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Matt Horwitz has been the leading expert on LLC education for the past decade. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC that other companies weren't offering. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in business from Drexel University with a concentration in business law. He performs extensive research and analysis to convert state laws into simple instructions anyone can follow to form their LLC - all for free! Read more about Matt Horwitz and LLC University.

10 comments on “Colorado Certificate of Good Standing”

Disclaimer: Nothing on this page shall be interpreted as legal or tax advice. Rules and regulations vary by location. They also change over time and are specific to your situation. Furthermore, this comment section is provided so people can share their thoughts and experience. Please consult a licensed professional if you have legal or tax questions.

  1. I want to thank you for putting this together. Starting a business is scary and you took a lot of the scary out of it form me. I am amazed that you give free advise. Not only free but great advise.
    Thank you so much.

    • Hey Bonnie, you’re very welcome! I’m so happy we could help take the “scare” out of starting an LLC :) Best wishes with your business!

  2. Hey Matt~
    Thank you SO much for the walk through of this process! It was really helpful, especially as I’m learning so much in so many areas as I launch… appreciate the clear, helpful guidance and support.

    Best to you!

    • Hi Lynn, you’re very welcome! Glad to hear it was so helpful :)

  3. I just set up and registered a new LLC and presto I got a “official looking” form from CO.service wanting money ($74.50) for a cert in Good Standing which can be obtained for FREE from you this is obviously very decpetive and using the public access registration forms to prey on people for needless things!!

    • I know, I hate this stuff with a passion. It’s such crap! Make sure to look at any official looking correspondence carefully. Usually on the back it’ll say something like “this is not a bill” and “we are not a government agency”. Letters like this can simply be thrown away. I hear you though. They prey on the misinformed and are very misleading. What a lame business model.

    • I totally got one of these in the mail too and I am so glad I researched it before I just paid up! Amazing how they can get away with this.

      • Hey Amy, I’m so glad you didn’t pay. I know, it’s astonishing and unfortunate. The states do work to shut these operations down. But more and more pop up.

  4. Matt, I want to express my sincerest gratitude for your comprehensive, logical, and invaluable resource. I’m in the process of starting my business in CO while still living in VA. Establishing an LLC was one of my dreaded “to do” list items. I allocated a week of library research time and braced for the suck. I stumbled (Google certainly helped) across your website – what a blessing! In two days I established my LLC, obtained an EIN from the IRS, wrote my Operating Agreement and secured a Certificate of Good Standing. I can’t thank you enough for providing this free service, it help demystify so many elements of the LLC process and saved me a week of headache and worry. Thank You!

    • Enrique! Wow, thank you so much for sharing all that. Really… YOU are why we build what we build and aim to help as many people as possible. It’s so much more rewarding when we hear from kind people like yourself. I’m so happy you were able to do everything yourself, save money, and now feel empowered and confident to grow your new business. We wish you all the best! :)

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