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In this lesson, we will walk you through filing your Articles of Organization with the Colorado Secretary of State. This is the document that officially forms your Colorado LLC.

Colorado LLC Secretary of State Business Organizations
(Colorado Secretary of State, Business Organizations Building)

Please watch the video instructions below:

Colorado LLC - Formation Documents

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File Your CO Articles of Organization

Colorado Secretary of State: File a Form

Downloads

Download a free LLC Additional Members form:
Additional Members (PDF)

(The ‘Additional Members’ form is only needed if your LLC has 2 or more members)

LLC Filing Fee

The Colorado LLC filing fee is $50.

This is a one-time filing fee.

Note: The “LLC filing fee” (the fee to create a Colorado LLC) is the same thing as the “Articles of Organization fee”. The Articles of Organization is the document, that once approved by the Secretary of State’s office, creates your Colorado LLC.

Accepted Forms of Payment

The one-time filing fee must be paid with a debit or credit card.

The state only accepts VISA, Mastercard, or American Express.

Expected Approval Time

Once you submit your CO Articles of Organization along with the filing fee, your LLC will be instantly approved.

Note: Filing times may take longer due to the current global situation and government delays. For the most up-to-date LLC processing times, check How long does it take to get an LLC in Colorado.

You will then be able to print and/or save a copy of your approved Articles of Organization from the Summary Page.

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)

Next Step

Once your LLC is approved you can proceed to the next Lesson: Operating Agreement.

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.

42 comments on “Colorado Filing Forms”

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  1. Great information and made my life easier when it comes to creating an LLC. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  2. Am i able to change the address at a later date? Say if i do not have an actual address for my store yet but am using my home address for now for all of the setup.

    • Hi Cody, yes, you can easily change/update your address(es) with the Colorado Secretary of State at any time. Hope that helps.

      • How do i go about changing that? can i also change the name if i want?

        • Hi Cody, to make changes to your addresses, please see the “Changes” table on the Colorado Secretary of State’s Business Forms List. If you want to change your LLC name, you’ll need to file an Articles of Amendment. If you change your LLC name, you’ll also need to update the IRS, the Department of Revenue, your bank, credit cards, and any other place were you’re using your old LLC name. Hope that helps.

    • Hey Dave, you’ll need to check with the Commercial Registered Agent you hired. Some will allow you to use their address as your LLC’s Principal Office Address, others will charge you extra for it, and others don’t allow it at all. However, if you hired Northwest Registered Agent ($125 per year), then yes, you can use their address as your LLC’s Principal Office Address. In fact, since many people enjoy the privacy of keeping their address off of public records, Northwest will let you use their address throughout your entire Colorado LLC filing. Hope that helps :)

      • Perfect. Thanks, Matt! I cannot begin to tell you how helpful your website and Youtube videos are!

        • Hey Dave, thanks so much!! You’re very welcome. Happy we could help :)

  3. Thank you for this I went to open a business checking account and this is the one thing I was missing.

  4. Hi Matt,

    I am setting up an LLC in Colorado with a partner that is not a Colorado resident. Under the additional members forming the LLC attachment option, is this going to be a problem when I submit their name/address as a founder since they aren’t a Colorado resident?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Matt, nope, there won’t be any issues. Members don’t have to be residents of the state, so out of state addresses are perfectly okay for the Member’s information. The only resident requirement is if the Registered Agent is a person, then that person must be a resident of Colorado. Hope that helps!

  5. Hi Matt,
    Thank you for all the detailed and valuable info.
    When following the steps in your video I get a msg saying “There must be at least one member of the LLC” and it won´t let me to go to the next step. I followed all your instructions exactly but in my case I´m the only member of the LLC. What did I do wrong? I chose the LLC to be it´s own agent so I didn´t fill any info on the first and last name box but instead filled out the entity box, could that be the reason why I´m getting that message?( since the name box has a red asterisk which means it should be filled out)
    Thank you for your help!

      • Glad to hear Gia :) Let us know if you have any other questions.

  6. Hi Matt,
    Thank you for such an informative website.
    I registered an LLC and listed myself as the only person forming the limited liability company. How do I add another person to it? Which form do I have to fill for this amendment?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Raj, you’re welcome! Adding an LLC Member involves multiple steps and is not something we cover at this time. You’ll need to file a Certificate of Amendment with the Secretary of State, amend your Operating Agreement, and change your tax classification with the IRS from Sole Proprietorship to Partnership. Hope that helps.

  7. Filed my Articles of Agreement today. When I look at the summary page and my print out it shows todays date as effective date. Does this mean it was approved or do I need to wait for further emails or documents from the state?

    Great video’s by the way. It really helped us get this done without paying the lawyer $750. Thanks!

    • Hi Cynthia, you’re very welcome! Wow, that is quite some savings ;) Colorado LLCs are instantly approved, so you don’t need to wait for any further emails or documents. Hope that helps.

  8. Hi Matt,

    I added my spouse as a member in my Colorado LLC today in error. Can I remove her through a correction or do I need to do an amendment?

    Thanks for the great videos!

    • Hi Rod, I’m not 100% sure whether you’d file a Correction or an Amendment on this. I recommend calling the Secretary of State to double-check. Thanks.

  9. Wow! This is awesome, thanks so much! You really took the fear out of the start up!

    • Hey Iris! You’re very welcome. We’re so happy to hear that :-)

  10. Hi Matt, Your videos have been really helpful. I am trying to form an LLC for real estate in Colorado. Now in this case, does the “Pricipal address” have to reflect the address of the property? Or can it be different?

    • Hi SG, we apologize, but our notification system missed your comment. The Principal Address doesn’t need to be same as the property address, although it can be. Hope that helps.

  11. Hello Matt,
    I just filed to form an LLC through Northwest Registered Agent. Northwest filled out the Articles of Organization and listed themselves as the person forming the LLC. Northwest then sent me the completed Articles of Organization and a document called Initial Resolutions. The Initial Resolutions document has a line that states “Resolved, the named Members of the Limited Liability Company are hereby named as Members and own an interest in the Limited Liability Company” and then my name is listed. I am concerned that I am not listed on the Articles of Organization as the person forming the LLC. I am also concerned that the Initial Resolutions document uses the language “own an interest” instead of something that directly says I am the sole, 100% owner of the LLC. It feels like the registered agent is trying to sneak in as a member/owner of the LLC. Is this situation normal? Should I be concerned?

    • Hi Alan, there is no need for concern. This is normal when hiring a company to form your LLC. You do not need to be listed in the Colorado Articles of Organization in order to own a Colorado LLC. In fact, you can’t. The Colorado Articles of Organization doesn’t ask for Members. The ownership details are spelled out in your Colorado LLC Operating Agreement.

      The person or company forming the LLC is know as the LLC Organizer (see LLC Organizer vs LLC Member). An Organizer doesn’t own the LLC (although an Organizer may also be an LLC Member).

      The Initial Resolutions they sent you (aka a Statement of LLC Organizer) is a document that shows them stepping down and that they have fulfilled their role. Again, you have nothing to worry about here. I know it’s confusing at first, but your LLC was filed correctly. Hope that helps :)

  12. I have formed an LLC for my rental property for asset protection. At what point is my rental property address associated with my LLC? LegalZoom told me to use my primary home address for all addresses (I’m also my own Registered Agent). Just curious to know when the LLC actually links to my rental property or if it even needs to on any paperwork.

    • Hi Meghan, the LLC needs to be the owner of the property. If you own the property currently, you’ll want to speak to a real estate attorney and/or title company regarding the transfer of the property from your name to the LLC. After the LLC owns the property, the utilities will need to moved into the name of your LLC as well as the LLC holding the insurance policy. Do you have a mortgage in place?

      • Thanks, Matt. I’ll need to do those things you listed then. Yes, I currently have a mortgage on the property.

        • You’re welcome Meghan. You’ll want to look into whether or not the mortgage has a “due on sale” clause. Most do. It means the lender can call the mortgage due in full if you sell the property. However, if you continue making payments from the LLC, most lenders don’t care. Having said that, it’s not a recommended course of action without further inquiry. You can speak with your lender (they may not mind the transfer to the LLC) and/or you can speak with a real estate attorney about filing a quitclaim deed (transferring ownership from yourself to your LLC) and the pros and cons of ignoring the due on sale clause.

  13. I did the stuff to get my LLC and once I got to the payment screen I paid it and the system glitched! I know it was something after that page I’m supposed to receive can someone help! And my bank shows the payment went through! I also search the name I used and it’s still saying available

    • Hi Shiheam, it most likely went through. The Colorado Secretary of State: Business Database Search will not update with today’s filing until this coming week (Monday or Tuesday). Please do a search for your name on Monday or Tuesday. When you click that link this coming week, it’ll say “Business paper documents processed through:” and show a date at the top. Once you can search your name, do so, then click on the name in the search results. Then click “Filing history and documents”. You’ll then be able to download your LLC approval (the Articles of Organization document). Hope that helps. Feel free to reply back here to let us know how you made out.

  14. Okay so that’s why I’m not seeing my LLC name once I search it ? Because of the day I did it which was the other day December Thursday 31st. All I did was complete the payment screen and it glitched I’m just hoping tomorrow or Tuesday when I check I get a better update on it THANKS!

    • Yes, exactly. The online search was only up to date as of 12/31. I have a feeling it’ll be there Monday or Tuesday after the database is updated. Keep me posted :)

  15. I registered my LLC with the state and listed myself as the sole member. How do I remove myself and make my husband the sole member?

    • Hi Debbie, Members are actually not listed in the Colorado LLC Articles of Organization. You are likely talking about signing as the LLC Organizer.

      Changing ownership in the LLC is a bit complex. It may be easier to dissolve this LLC and have your husband form his own Colorado LLC.

      To transfer ownership, you’d first sign an Assignment of LLC Membership Interest (we don’t provide this form at this time). This form will transfer your 100% ownership interest. Then the Colorado LLC Operating Agreement should be amended. You may also need to update the Colorado Department of Revenue. You’ll need to visit the bank to add him and remove yourself. Then he should change the EIN Responsible Party for the LLC with the IRS. Hope that helps.

  16. Hi, I am in the middle of filling out the Article of Organization. Can you please tell me if at the part of the person forming the limited liability company I will add my name, as address can I still use Northwest’s address or do I need to use mine? And also, what name and address should I use at the true name and mailing address of the individual causing the document to be delivered for filing? Thank you!

    • Hi Bianca, if you hired Northwest, they will let you to use their address anywhere in the Articles of Organization. Northwest’s name should only be in the Registered Agent section. All other places would have your name.

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