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Colorado LLC - Registered Agent

Who can be the Registered Agent for your Colorado LLC?

Before filing your Articles of Organization with the Colorado Secretary of State (discussed in the next lesson), you need to choose a Registered Agent for your Colorado LLC.

A Colorado Registered Agent is a person or company who agrees to accept legal mail (known as “service of process”) on behalf of your Colorado LLC in case your business gets sued.

The Colorado Secretary of State will also use your Registered Agent’s address as your LLC’s point of contact for official notices sent to your business.

As per section 7-90-701 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, your LLC’s Registered Agent must have a physical street address located in the state of Colorado. A Colorado Registered Agent address can’t be a PO Box address.

Your Colorado Registered Agent should generally be available during normal business hours (9am – 5pm) in case Service of Process arrives. Service of Process for an LLC includes the delivery of legal documents such as complaints, summons, and subpoenas.

Your LLC’s Registered Agent is a key component to how the court and legal systems work. By requiring all Colorado LLCs to have (and continuously maintain) a Registered Agent on file with the state, the delivery of legal mail and court documents can be tracked and accounted for within the state.

This is similar to how ‘certified mail return receipt’ works, but in the legal world, this is how process servers – (people delivering legal documents) – create a record that something was delivered.

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Can I be my own Registered Agent in Colorado?

Yes, you can be your Colorado LLC’s Registered Agent, as long as you have a street address located in the state.

However, you actually have 4 options when forming an LLC in Colorado:

  • Option 1: You can be your LLC’s Registered Agent in Colorado (are there risks?)
  • Option 2: Your LLC can be its own Registered Agent.
  • Option 3: A friend or family member can be your LLC’s Registered Agent.
  • Option 4: You can hire a Colorado Registered Agent Company, also known as a Commercial Registered Agent.

Registered Agent Information is Public Record in Colorado

While you do have the option for yourself (or your LLC) to be the Registered Agent (or use a friend or family member), you may not want to have your address listed on public records.

The information you enter in your Articles of Organization becomes public record with the Secretary of State.

Not only is this information searchable by the public, but it may also appear in google searches. There is a solution though (see below) if you’d like to keep your address off public records.

What’s the best Registered Agent option to choose?

Option #1 or Option #2 (You or your LLC):

If you have a street address located in Colorado, are available during business hours, and don’t mind your address being on public records, then you or your LLC can be the Registered Agent.

Option #3 (Friend or Family):

If you don’t have a street address located in Colorado, but you have a friend or family member who does, they can be your LLC’s Registered Agent. They’ll need to be available during business hours and they shouldn’t mind having their address being listed on public records.

Option #4 (Registered Agent Service):

If you don’t have a street address in Colorado (or you’d rather not use it for this purpose), you can hire a Registered Agent Company in Colorado.

Colorado Registered Agent Service

Note: The terms “Registered Agent Company” and “Commercial Registered Agent” mean the same thing. We will use them interchangeably.

A Colorado Registered Agent Company specializes in receiving Service of Process (legal mail) on behalf of your LLC.

Most Registered Agent Services in Colorado cost between $100 and $300 per year.

The Registered Agent Company we recommend in Colorado is Northwest Registered Agent ($125 per year).

Why we recommend Northwest Registered Agent

Northwest Registered Agent is our personal recommendation (and the service we use) because they’ve been in business for over 20 years, have great customer service, and they let you use their address in your entire LLC filing in order to keep your address off public records.

How to keep your address off public records:

Many filers in Colorado start businesses from their home. For this reason, it’s important to know that all addresses that are on your Articles of Organization get listed on public records and may appear in google searches.

If you want to keep your address off of public records, you can hire a Registered Agent that will allow you to use their address as your LLC’s address. The only company that allows this is Northwest Registered Agent. They provide Registered Agent services for $125 per year and they’ll let you use their address throughout your entire LLC Filing.

Any mail that is sent to your LLC will be scanned by them and uploaded into your online account.

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Risks of being your own Registered Agent in Colorado

As mentioned above, you can be your own Registered Agent in Colorado.

Besides the address privacy we mentioned, are there any risks to being your own Registered Agent?

In short, there are risks. They are not extremely likely to occur, but if they do, you could lose your liability protection and the Colorado Secretary of State has the power to administratively shut down your Colorado LLC if you’re not in compliance with state laws.

This can happen if you don’t “continuously maintain” (always have) a Registered Agent on file, or if the Secretary of State is unsuccessful in reaching your LLC’s Registered Agent.

Additionally, if a process server (a person who serves court documents and notices of lawsuits) is unsuccessful in reaching your Colorado Registered Agent (or is unsuccessful in serving your LLC through the Secretary of State), a court case can proceed in your absence and you might not even know about it. Worse, the court could enter a default judgment against your LLC if you aren’t there to defend yourself.

A few reasons a process server might not be able to reach your Colorado LLC’s Registered Agent:

  • you, your friend, or family member are not there during business hours
  • you/they are on vacation or out of town
  • you/they moved and you forgot to file a Change of Registered Agent with the state

Next Step: Articles of Organization

After you’ve decided who will serve as your Colorado LLC’s Registered Agent, you can then proceed to the next Lesson: Colorado LLC Articles of Organization.

If you plan on hiring a Colorado Registered Agent Service (a Commercial Registered Agent), please do so before going to the next step. You’ll need their address for your Articles of Organization.

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17 comments on “Colorado Registered Agent”

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  1. Can an LLC be in the name of the estate of a deceased person? Can we use the EIN and bank account already created for the estate?

    Thank you

    • Hi Cynthia, we don’t cover estates, so I’m not sure. You’ll need to speak with an attorney for further clarification. Thank you for your understanding.

  2. Can a business such as Mailboxes Etc. serve as the registered agent address? Unlike a PO box, they do provide a physical address (street address plus unit/box number) and can accept both mail and packages on your behalf.

    • Hi Steve, most states’ statutes are silent on the use of mailbox rentals, however, it’s generally agreed upon that it’s acceptable in Colorado. The state has a provision that if the Registered Agent can’t be served at the Registered Agent’s address, the LLC can be served via it’s principal office address. Hope that helps.

  3. Can I change my registered agent after I have designated one? For example, could I use a family member for a few months while I don’t want my business to be public knowledge, and then change it to my own name and address?

    • Hi Katherine, great question. Yes, you can. And yes, you can do as mentioned in your example. Your Colorado LLC’s Registered Agent isn’t “set in stone”. It can be changed at any time. In order to do so, you can file a “Statement of Change Changing the Registered Agent Information“. The filing is done online at the Colorado Secretary of State’s website. Here are the steps:

      1. Go to Colorado Secretary of State: Business Database Search
      2. Search your LLC name and click on its ID Number.
      3. Click “File a form”.
      4. Click “Statement of Change”.
      5. Click “Statement of Change Changing the Registered Agent Information”.

      Hope that helps!

  4. I’m applying for LLC with a family member’s Colorado address, I live in Florida. The form is asking me to upload documents, when i check no documents to upload it doesn’t allow me to move on… it says add documents.
    What documents must i upload? Is there an authorization for since it’s a family member?

    • Hi Paula, no, you are not required to upload a form if you have a nothing to upload. However, I bet what happened was on the first page you checked off “yes” when it asked “Do you need to attach additional information?”. Maybe that caused the issue. After you try again, let us know how it goes. Hope that helps.

  5. I live in Colorado and if I use NORTHWEST as my registered agent, they don’t have a Colorado address. I thought the registered agent has to have an physical address in Colorado. ALSO, THANK YOU for making this process so easy to understand. (Except for my question above, obviously. HA.)

    • Hi Carla, you’re very welcome! Northwest Registered Agent does have a Colorado address. They have locations in every state. Were you by chance confused since you saw that their headquarters office was in Washington?

  6. Hi,
    If I change the Registered Agent address after I set up the LLC, can it be an address in another state?

    • Hi JC, no. The address of the Colorado Registered Agent must be in Colorado.

  7. If I have a registered agent in Colorado can my primary office address be out of state? I am temporarily living out of state, and most of my business is now online, but I plan to return to colorado and want to keep my business registered there.

    • Hi Kristi, yes, your Principal Office Address can be located in any state. In fact, it can be located in any country. Hope that helps.

  8. I’m wanting to designate a Commercial Registered Agent for the purpose of keeping my address private. I’m wondering, however, about the business address that the Secretary of State requests in the Article of Organization. If I list my home address as the business address, will that information appear on a web search anyway?

    • Hi Mary, anything listed in the Colorado LLC Articles of Organization goes on public record with the Colorado Secretary of State. And therefore, any website could republish it and then it could end up in a web search. We recommend hiring Northwest Registered Agent. They can be your Colorado LLC’s Registered Agent and they’ll also let you use their address as the Principal Office address, address for the person forming the LLC, and address for the person causing the document to be delivered. You can hire Northwest to be the Registered Agent or you can hire them to form your LLC and be the Registered Agent. I hope that helps.

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