Registering A Foreign LLC in Colorado



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Registering Colorado LLC

If you started a business outside Colorado, but are interested in doing business here, then you should apply to register your business in Colorado. It's not a difficult process but a few steps must be followed. Thankfully, we've listed them here for you.

Are you a Foreign LLC?

Foreign LLCs are all those businesses and companies that were formed in any state other than Colorado. Don't be misled, they are not companies which have been formed in other countries!

Doing Business in Colorado

If your business is considered to be "doing business" in Colorado, it means it should be registered in Colorado as a foreign entity.

Colorado Law states that your business must maintain a physical address in the state of Colorado. Our Colorado registered agent service satisfies this requirement.


To register your LLC in the state of Colorado, you have to fill a Foreign Limited Liability Company Application for Registration. The secretary of state for Colorado is the entity that approves these documents, and you can easily acquire them in the website for the state here.

The form is similar to forming a Colorado LLC in the information you provide, but there are meaningful differences. You will need some of documents you previously used to form the LLC in the state you originated it in. The documents and requirements you will need are the following:

  • The name of the Limited Liability as it was when you incorporated it in its original state
  • If you want to change the business name, provide the name under which your LLC will operate with, as well as the original name
  • The state where the LLC was originally settled
  • The original state where the LLC was incorporated in
  • The date when your Limited Liability company was started
  • You might also need to specify the location where your business operates
  • Your main offices address
  • The address and the name of the registration for the state of Colorado
  • The name of all the persons that are related to the LLC in it legal area
  • The signature for the person responsible for your LLC

You might also need to show that your registered agent is available to accept and receive and official documents.

Other cases might need you to present a Certificate of Existence or a Certificate of Good Standing, which is issued by an agency in the state where your LLC was originally incorporated in. While you have to present an original document, you can also present it through electronic means. The document must be recent.

It might take a month or for this process from beginning to end. A copy of the form you registered will be sent to you to confirm that the process is complete, or we will notify you if you opt to have us handle it.

What happens if you don't register?

There are fines you could face, as well as not enjoying the benefits of a limited liability company. If the court rules you did not register to do business in Colorado then you will not enjoy any protections in case of a lawsuit. This is in addition to fines you may face for operating without permission. These penalties add up every year, so be sure to register your foreign LLC in the state of Colorado! Click here to learn more about corporations.

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