Designators

Do I have to include a term or abbreviation in my business name? What is a "designator"?

A "designator" is a term or abbreviation that is included in your entity or business name. Most business entities are required to include a designator in their name.

The designator can be capitalized any way that you want.

For more information about the designator requirements for different types of entities, see 7-90-601, C.R.S. 



List of designators

Cooperative
Can, but doesn't have to, include one of the following:

  • cooperative
  • association
  • incorporated
  • company
  • limited
  • coop
  • ass'n
  • assn
  • assoc.
  • inc.
  • co.
  • ltd.

Corporation

  • corporation
  • incorporated
  • company
  • limited
  • corp.
  • inc.
  • co.
  • ltd.

Limited cooperative association

  • limited cooperative association
  • limited cooperative
  • L.C.A.
  • LCA
  • Limited can be abbreviated as "Ltd."
  • Cooperative can be abbreviated as "Co-op" or "Coop"
  • Association can be abbreviated as "Assoc." or "Assn."

Limited liability company

  • limited liability company
  • ltd. liability company
  • limited liability co.
  • ltd. liability co.
  • limited
  • l.l.c.
  • llc
  • ltd.

Limited liability partnership

  • limited liability partnership
  • registered limited liability partnership
  • limited
  • llp
  • l.l.p.
  • rllp
  • r.l.l.p.
  • ltd.

Limited liability limited partnership

  • limited partnership
  • limited
  • company
  • limited liability limited partnership
  • registered limited liability limited partnership
  • l.p.
  • lp
  • co.
  • l.l.l.p.
  • lllp
  • LTD.
  • r.l.l.l.p.
  • rlllp

Limited partnership

  • limited partnership
  • limited
  • company
  • l.p.
  • lp
  • ltd.
  • co.

Nonprofit corporation
Can, but doesn't have to, include one of the following:

  • corporation
  • incorporated
  • company
  • limited
  • corp.
  • inc.
  • co.
  • ltd.

Professional companies
May be permitted by C.R.C.P. 265 or title 12, C.R.S. Only certain types of professions are legally permitted to use these designators. For more information, view our FAQ.

Professional corporation

  • Professional corporation
  • P.c.
  • pc

Professional company (LLC)

  • Professional company
  • P.l.l.c.
  • Pllc

Professional company (LLP)

  • Professional company
  • P.l.l.p.
  • pllp

Public benefit corporations
In addition to any other designators, may include one of the following terms or abbreviations:

  • public benefit corporation
  • Pub. Ben. Corp.
  • P.B.C.
  • PBC

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