Cost to Form an LLC in Colorado

The cost to start a Colorado limited liability company (LLC) is $50. This fee is paid to the Colorado Secretary of State when filing the LLC’s Articles of Organization.

Use our free Form an LLC in Colorado guide to do it yourself.

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How Much Does an LLC Cost in Colorado?

Colorado Online LLC Filing Fee: $50

The main cost of forming an LLC is the $50 fee to file your LLC's Articles of Organization online with the Colorado Secretary of State.

Colorado Periodic Report Fee: $10

Colorado requires LLCs to file an annual report with the Secretary of State.

The Colorado periodic report is due within a five-month period starting two months before and two months after the date in which the LLC was formed. Colorado charges a $50 penalty for failure to file on time.

Registered Agent Fee

In Colorado you can be your own registered agent, but using a registered agent service helps keep your company in compliance and reminds you of important filing deadlines and avoid late fees.

Registered agent fees start at $39 for the first year. We recommend using:

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Read our guide to learn more about Colorado Registered Agents. You can also read our full guide on the best registered agent services.

Cost to Form a Foreign LLC in Colorado

If you already have an LLC that is registered in another state and you’d like to expand your business into Colorado, you’ll need to register your LLC as a foreign LLC in Colorado.

The cost for registering a Colorado foreign LLC is $100. You can register a foreign LLC in Colorado by filing a Statement of Foreign Entity Authority.

Business Permits and Licenses

Depending on your industry and geographical location, your business might need federal, state, and local permits/licenses to legally operate in Colorado. This is true whether your form an LLC or any other type of business structure.

Learn more about state and local licensing with our guide to getting a Colorado business license.

Other LLC Filing Costs

There are optional fees associated with LLC formation:

LLC Name Reservation:
Reserve your name for up to 120 days prior to LLC formation by filing the LLC Name Reservation Form and paying the $25 filing fee.

Foreign LLC Name Reservation:
Reserve your name for up to 12 months prior to LLC formation by filing the LLC Foreign Name Reservation Form and paying the $40 filing fee.

Doing Business As (DBA) Name:
File a statement of trade name and pay the $20 filing fee to create a name other than your legal LLC business name.

How to Register a Colorado LLC Yourself

Forming an LLC yourself is easy; just follow the five steps below.

Recommended: If you already have a business that is running as a sole proprietorship, visit our How to Change from a Sole Proprietorship to LLC page.

Five Basic Steps to Start an LLC in Colorado

Step 1: Name Your Colorado LLC
Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent
Step 3: File the Articles of Organization
Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement
Step 5: Get an EIN

Step 1: Name Your Colorado LLC

When you name your Colorado LLC, you’ll need to choose a name that:

  1. Is available for use in the state of Colorado
  2. Meets Colorado naming requirements
  3. Is available as a web domain

Recommended: Visit our Start an LLC in Colorado guide for detailed naming rules and instructions for registering a business name in Colorado.

Not sure what to name your business? Check out our How to Name a Business guide and free LLC Name Generator.

We recommend that you check online to see if your business name is available as a web domain. Even if you don't plan to create a business website today, you may want to buy the URL in order to prevent others from acquiring it.

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Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent

All LLCs in Colorado must appoint a registered agent. A registered agent primarily acts as your LLC’s main point of contact with the state. But most importantly, they are responsible for accepting service of process in the event your business is sued.

Your Colorado registered agent must:

  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Have a physical address in Colorado
  • Be available during normal business hours to accept service of process

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Step 3: File the Articles of Organization

The Colorado Articles of Organization is a document that is filed with the Colorado Secretary of State to form an LLC. The fee for filing the Articles of Organization is $50.

For detailed instructions for completing the Articles of Organization, visit our How to File the Colorado Articles of Organization guide.

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State Filing Cost: $50

Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement

An operating agreement isn't required for Colorado LLCs, but it's a good practice to have one.

What is an operating agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of an LLC.

Why are operating agreements important? A comprehensive operating agreement ensures that all business owners are on the same page and reduces the risk of future conflict.

For more information on operating agreements, read our Colorado LLC operating agreement guide.

Step 5: Get an EIN

What is an EIN? An EIN or Employer Identification Number is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue System (IRS) to identify a business for tax reporting purposes. An EIN is essentially a Social Security number (SSN) for your company.

Why do I need an EIN? An EIN number is required for the following:

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Free EIN: You can get an EIN from the IRS website (free of charge) after forming your business.

Colorado LLC Cost FAQ

Do you have to pay for a Colorado LLC every year?

Yes, Colorado LLCs must pay a $10 periodic report fee each year.

Is an LLC really necessary?

An LLC provides limited liability protection. This means an LLC protects your personal assets in the event of a business loss, such as a lawsuit or unpaid debt.

We recommend any small business that carries even the smallest amount of risk or liability to form an LLC. Learn more in our Should I Start an LLC guide.

What is the cheapest way to get an LLC?

You can save money on getting an LLC by completing the formation process yourself, making your own operating agreement, being your own registered agent, and getting your own EIN.

Check out our How to Save Money Forming Your LLC guide to learn more.

Can I pay myself a salary from my LLC?

You can pay yourself a salary from your LLC, but it would be called a draw or distribution if your LLC is taxed in the default way by the IRS.

Visit our How to Pay Yourself from an LLC guide to learn more.

Is an S corp better than an LLC?

An S corporation (S corp) is an IRS tax status, not a type of business entity. An LLC can be taxed in the default way or as an S corp. For some businesses, being taxed as an S corp can make lots of sense.

Check out our LLC vs. S corp guide to find out if S corp status is right for your business.

What’s better: sole proprietorship or LLC?

A sole proprietorship is only good for businesses that carry very low risk of liability because sole proprietorships don’t offer any liability protection.

Learn more in our sole proprietorship vs. LLC guide.

More Colorado Small Business Resources

Article Sources

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies:
https://dpo.colorado.gov/


IRS - Employer ID Numbers:

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/employer-id-numbers


Colorado Secretary of State:

https://www.sos.state.co.us/


SBA - Apply for Licenses and Permits:

https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/launch-your-business/apply-licenses-and-permits


Chamber of Commerce - Colorado Chamber of Commerce List:

https://www.officialusa.com/stateguides/chambers/colorado.html