Business FAQs

Attachments & additional information
Beginning a business
Business survey information
Certificate of Good Standing
Delayed effective date
Dissolution and reinstatement
Electronic filing
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Filing documents and finding information
Foreign (outside of Colorado) business entities
Missing, illegible, or incorrectly indexed records
Noncompliance and delinquency
Periodic reports
Personal identifying information
Professional service companies
Public benefit corporations
Ratification of defective corporate action
Registered agent
Secure business filing
Tax information
Trade names


Registered agent and principal office information

Q1. What is a registered agent? Can anyone be a registered agent?

A1.  Most entities on record with the Secretary of State must maintain a registered agent. The registered agent is the individual or business responsible for accepting service of process for an entity and isn’t necessarily an owner or director. The registered agent is responsible for forwarding service of process to the entity.

The registered agent can be either an individual or an entity.

An entity appointed to serve as a registered agent:

  • Must have a usual place of business in Colorado, and
  • Foreign (outside of Colorado) entities must also have authority to transact business in Colorado.

An individual appointed to serve as a registered agent:

  • Must be over the age of 18, and
  • Must have his or her primary residence in Colorado (i.e., they must live in Colorado).


  • The registered agent must consent (agree) to be the registered agent,
  • An entity may serve as its own agent,
  • The Secretary of State cannot be appointed as a registered agent, and
  • You may appoint only one individual or business entity to act as a registered agent for your entity.

For more information, see sections 7-90-102 (55), (56) and (56.5), C.R.S. and section 7-90- 701, C.R.S.


Q2. How do I update the name of the registered agent, the address of a registered agent, or the principal office address?

A2.  You can update the address or registered agent information while filing your annual periodic report.

Otherwise, you could file a Statement of Change if the agent’s information has changed, or you can file a Statement of Correction if the information was incorrect and needs to be corrected. These filings are available at any time.

You can also update the registered agent information while filing a Statement Curing Delinquency if the entity is in Delinquent status.


Q3. How do we file officer/owner changes with the Secretary of State?

A3.  Entities are not required to file officers’, owners’, or directors’ names and addresses with the Secretary of State's office. This information should be managed through your internal records. If you would like this information to be part of your Secretary of State’s record, you may add it as an attachment when filing a document.


Q4. Do I still need a registered agent if my entity is in Delinquent or Withdrawn status?

A4.  Domestic entities must retain a registered agent. A foreign entity may elect to keep a registered agent when withdrawing their entity. If electing not to have a registered agent, then correspondence will be delivered to the principal office address on file.