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Register a Foreign Corporation in Colorado

To register a foreign corporation in Colorado, you must file a Colorado Statement of Foreign Entity Authority with the Colorado Secretary of State, Business Division. You can submit this document by mail or in person. The Statement of Foreign Entity Authority costs $100 to file. The following guide on registering a foreign corporation in Colorado answers the most common questions about how to file the Colorado Statement of Foreign Entity Authority, but you can also sign up for our Colorado Foreign LLC service and let Northwest handle the details for you.

Statement of Foreign Entity Authority

Register your Foreign Colorado corporation by filing a Statement of Foreign Entity Authority.

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What does it cost to register a foreign corporation in Colorado?

$100 for normal processing.

How long does it take for the state to process the Colorado certificate of authority?

Normal Processing: 1 day online.

How will I get verification of qualification back from Colorado?

Nothing will be returned to you unless your filing is rejected. You will be able to verify your filing within two weeks on their website.

What forms do I file with Colorado to qualify my out of state corporation?

You will need to provide the statement of foreign entity authority form as well as a cover letter with the contact person’s name, address and phone number for any questions.

What do I need from my home state?


Will I need an Colorado registered agent for my corporation?

Yes, when you hire Northwest as your CO registered agent, it’s a flat rate yearly price of $125 a year, you’ll have an online account that tracks your report due dates, which States you’re registered in, when your yearly service with us is up, and any documents we receive locally for you are uploaded into your account immediately for complete viewing. If or when you get served with a lawsuit, we can email up to 4 people and your attorney at the same time for real time complete viewing of a lawsuit. You’ll receive annual report reminders. It’s the same price every year, and there are no weird fees or cancellation fees.

You’ll also see all the pre-populated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page, in your online account, and they are emailed to you immediately upon signing up for 1 year of registered agent service.

Does the Colorado registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the Colorado Certificate of Authority?

By mail or in person.

What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?

Colorado Secretary of State
Business Division
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290
Phone: (303)894-2200 Ext.2

Do the signatures on the Colorado corporation application need to be original?


Who has to sign the foreign corporation filing?

Any person who can confirm the accuracy of the information regarding your CO corporation registration provided on the form.

Are there any weird things about registering in Colorado?

You provide the same fee and use the same form for all entity types.

County filing or publication is not necessary, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.

Are there ongoing Colorado annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?

CO annual reports are due on the anniversary month that you filed. You will want to be sure to file before the last day of that month.

What are your fees?

You’ll need to have an Colorado registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in Colorado. It’s a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agents. Here’s a little more about our registered agent service.

We charge a $100 one-time filing service fee if you would like us to obtain the certificates needed from your home state, and register your company in any state you choose. We have offices in every state and can act as your registered agent and make your filings for you in any state. If you would like to register with multiple states at once, we can usually drop our filing service fee down.

Additional Resources:

CO Tax
How to Withdraw a Foreign Corporation in Colorado
Foreign Corporation Registration

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