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Your business must appoint a Colorado registered agent to receive documents in legal matters, including notice of lawsuit. Our reliable registered agent service fulfills this requirement. You get:

  • Same-day documents from our local office in Boulder
  • Immediate online access to state forms with our address and, where required, our signature
  • Annual fees from $89Multi-Year Discount to $99 per state with no additional charges
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Registered Agent in Colorado—All You Need To Know

Before your organization can operate in Colorado, you must appoint a registered agent with the secretary of state. The agent accepts service of process and other legal or state documents on your behalf, ensuring you can meet your obligations timely and avoid disruptions to your operations.

If you need help finding a registered agent in Colorado, this guide will teach you what you have to know. You’ll learn who can serve as your agent and how to appoint one whether you’re registering a new organization in Colorado or expanding into the state.

We’ll also introduce Harbor Compliance and show you how our Registered Agent Service helps you avoid legal and regulatory setbacks.

Duties of Colorado Registered Agents

A registered agent acts as your main point of contact with the Colorado secretary of state. They receive legal and government correspondence addressed to your organization and forward it to you. If they do so efficiently, you should have enough time to take the necessary action.

To ensure your notice isn’t missed, the agent has to be available during regular business hours at the registered office—a physical location in Colorado that may or may not be the same as your organization’s principal address. Either way, it cannot be a P.O. box or mail forwarding service because legal process is always delivered in person.

If your agent isn’t found at the registered office—or they fail to deliver legal notices timely—you may not be aware that your organization is involved in litigation. You might miss the court date due to their oversight, in which case the judge will resort to default judgment and rule in the plaintiff’s favor. Even if someone files a frivolous lawsuit against you, they’ll most likely win due to your absence.

Preventing such escalations is the main duty of a registered agent, so make sure to find the one who can fulfill it responsibly.

Colorado Registered Agent Requirements

According to Section 7-90-701 of the Colorado Statutes, a registered agent can be any of the following:

  1. An individual who is at least 18 years old and has a place of business or primary residence in Colorado
  2. Another domestic organization
  3. A foreign organization authorized to do business in the state
  4. Your own organization (as long as you maintain a business address in the state)

While you have several options if you choose an individual agent (a friend, family member, employee, etc.), none of them is particularly appealing due to the need for constant availability. An agent might be absent for many reasons, such as other engagements or emergencies, exposing you to the risk of missed notices.

By contrast, partnering with another organization (also known as a commercial registered agent) is a much safer choice. They have a team and the systems necessary to ensure your notices are received and forwarded efficiently.

How To Appoint/Change a Colorado Registered Agent

If you’re forming a new organization, you must appoint a registered agent in your registration filings since they won’t be accepted without one. The formation documents vary according to your business structure, as shown in the following table:

Business Structure Formation Documents
Corporation Articles of Incorporation for profit organizations
Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation for nonprofit organizations and nonprofit corporations
LLC Articles of Organization

If you’re expanding to Colorado from another jurisdiction, you need to name a registered agent in your foreign qualification filings. Doing so is among the key requirements for obtaining your certificate of authority.

Organizations already operating in Colorado can change their existing agent by filing the Statement of Change Regarding Resignation or Other Termination of Registered Agent. The form must be filed online and isn’t available in paper form, but you can look at this sample to get an idea of what it should contain.

Note that a separate statement is used to change the details of your current registered agent. If you partner with a commercial agent, they can update the secretary of state on such changes without your involvement, saving you time and energy.

Colorado Registered Agent Service by Harbor Compliance

If you need a risk-free solution for your registered agent needs, Harbor Compliance can help. Our Registered Agent Service provides you with everything you need to stay on top of legal and government notices, most notably:

  • A local office in Boulder
  • Same-day electronic delivery of time-sensitive notices
  • A phone call in case of a lawsuit to ensure the relevant notices were received
  • A secure Client Portal for accessing your notices and pre-filled state forms

The service is available to all filing entities, regardless of their structure and size. Better yet, it’s only one of the many ways we can help you meet all the necessary requirements and operate in Colorado without regulatory setbacks. Our rich service portfolio includes numerous solutions, such as:

Individual Registered Agents in Colorado vs. Harbor Compliance

As mentioned, appointing an individual agent (particularly a third-party one) increases the risk of missed notices. You might want to avoid this issue by enlisting someone from your organization, but this means you might be served in front of your team or clients. The same is true if you appoint your organization as its own registered agent.

You can also appoint yourself, but this would mean you need to be available at the registered office at all times during business hours, and your information would enter the public record. You also can’t appoint yourself in several jurisdictions at once, so this isn’t an option for multistate organizations.

You don’t need to worry about any of the above with Harbor Compliance—here are some of the main reasons why appointing us is a wise move:

  • Privacy—Our information is given to the secretary of state when you appoint us, so your details won’t become publicly accessible.
  • Nationwide coverage—We have local offices in all U.S. states and territories, so you can appoint us in as many jurisdictions as you wish.
  • Discretion—Your notices are delivered discreetly to the Client Portal, so there’s no risk of discomfort caused by receiving them in person at your place of work.
  • Security—We use industry-standard security practices to keep your data safe (strong encryption, cloud monitoring, confidentiality agreements, etc.)
  • Availability—Our Boulder office is open at any time during business hours, and someone is always there to receive your correspondence.

How To Appoint Harbor Compliance as Your Colorado Registered Agent

You can leverage our Registered Agent Service in three scenarios:

  1. Registering a new organization
  2. Expanding into Colorado
  3. Changing your existing agent

Below, you’ll see the specific steps to partnering with us in each situation.

Registering a New Legal Entity

If you’re forming a new legal entity, you can let us take over the process through three services:

  1. Incorporation
  2. Nonprofit formation
  3. LLC formation

Choose the service corresponding to your business structure, and we’ll complete the registration on your behalf—including the appointment of Harbor Compliance as your registered agent.

If you prefer to register independently, you can sign up for our Registered Agent Service as a standalone solution and appoint us by taking these steps:

  1. Order the service.
  2. Find the address of our Boulder office and pre-filled registration forms in the Client Portal.
  3. Complete and submit your filings to the Colorado secretary of state.

Expanding Your Organization

If you need a Colorado certificate of authority, we’re here to help you obtain it effortlessly. Our Foreign Qualification Service package helps you check all the necessary boxes and can expand your operations without delays.

Complete the signup wizard, and we’ll take it from there. Besides submitting all the relevant filings and appointing ourselves as your registered agent, we’ll serve as your agent at no additional cost for a year.

Changing Your Agent

You can leverage our Registered Agent Service even if you already have an agent as we can complete the change on your behalf once you order it.

Before checking out, you’ll see the Add Change of Agent Service option. Select it and complete the purchase, and we’ll notify the secretary of state of the change without any effort needed on your part.

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How to Appoint Us as Your Colorado Registered Agent


Appoint us as your Colorado registered agent when you incorporate your business or form your LLC. Sign up for registered agent service and file using the state forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Foreign Qualification

Appoint us as your agent when you apply for a certificate of authority to transact business in Colorado. Sign up for Colorado registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Change Agent

Changing your registered agent to us is easy. Sign up for Colorado registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Book of Business

Harbor Compliance is a provider of nationwide registered agent service. We can help you consolidate your agent representation and achieve cost savings. Our specialists manage the process to change registered agents so that virtually no work is required on your part. We will complete the state filings to appoint us as your registered agent. Additionally, we can extend your subscription term so that you avoid double payment for any portion of your current contract. There’s no reason to wait. Simply contact us for consolidation and we’ll take care of the rest. If you have registered agent appointments spanning multiple states or entities, contact us today.

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Colorado Registered Agent FAQs

In this section, you’ll see some of the most frequently asked questions about Colorado registered agents. If you need additional information, visit our Information Center.

Colorado requires all filing entities (corporations, LLCs, etc.) to appoint a registered agent before they can operate in the state.

A registered agent can be an individual residing in Colorado or a legal entity (including yours if you have a business address in the state).

You can appoint yourself as a registered agent, but you’d need to be available at the registered office at all times during business hours.

You can perform a business search on the secretary of state’s website, and the result will show an organization’s registered agent.

Partner With Harbor Compliance as Your Colorado Registered Agent

A registered agent plays an important part in your organization’s seamless operations. Order our Registered Agent Service, and you can rest assured all correspondence will be processed and delivered timely.

If you need help meeting Colorado’s other requirements, you can also do the following:

To learn more about our Registered Agent Service in other jurisdictions, refer to the following table:

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