Last Updated on March 8, 2023
Colorado SOS Search Overview
The Colorado Business Corporation registry is a database where you can find details for business organizations or companies that are registered with the Colorado Secretary of State.
The registry has information available for the following types of business entities (for both the domestic and foreign entities) :
- Limited Partnerships
- Limited Liability Companies
- Limited Liability Partnerships
Sole proprietorships and general partnerships are a small business entity that is not registered with the Secretary of State.
See: How to form an LLC in Colorado
How to do a Colorado Business Entity Name Search
To look for the availability of a registered entity in the business entity database of the Colorado SOS, you need to have at least one of the following information handy.
- Business name, trademark, or Trade Name
- ID number or Colorado SOS Number
Note that this search won’t be able to find business license information. To find whether a business has a Colorado business license, you can search this state database.
Guidelines for searching the Colorado Corporation Registry
Searching the database of the Colorado SOS for the availability of companies and corporations can be a gruesome task. Here we have made efforts to make the process simpler.
To check the availability and get into the details of business corporations based in Colorado, follow the following steps:
Step 1 – Begin your search by going to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Website. Click on the Search Business Database under the Search and file section of Business Services. The page looks something like this:
Now, type in the business name. You can leave the other field empty. But it is suggested to fill in every field for a better search result. The screenshot shows the same. Here we have keyed in Key Lime Air in the field of Business Name field for a sample.
Step 2 – Click on the Search button, and the result page, as in the screenshot below, will follow. Here are the results for Key Lime Air.
Step 3 – Click on the ID number to get further details regarding the company or business entity.
Step 4 – The results shown in the screenshot below is for ID number 19961154395. (ID number or Document number is a unique identification number given to the corporations during filing.)
With the click on the ID number, all details like the Entity Name, Status (Good Status or not with the Secretary of State), formation date, Entity number, principal office Address, mailing address, registered agent etc. will appear.
Additionally, the original Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization for Limited Liability Companies are available to download. The Periodic Report and Certificate of Good Standing are available as well to download.
Advanced Search :
You can also opt for a more sorted search result by using the advanced search tool. Click on the Advance Search button and fill in the required details and click on search.
In Colorado, a Registered Agent is a legal requirement to be named for a registered entity. This is a single point of contact in case the business needs to be served with legal papers or contacted by the state. One of the business owners often files as the entity’s registered agent. When they file, their home address is often used (PO Boxes aren’t allowed), and their name and address is now a public record that can be looked up by anyone. If that is a concern, consider looking into a Registered Agent service.
The business name registration is different from business licensing in Colorado. The State of Colorado has more information regarding business licenses.
Also see: How to do a UCC search in Colorado
Information on SOS Colorado (CO)
The Secretary of State of Colorado is one of the five elected constitutional offices of the State Government. The office is headed by Jena Griswold.
The Colorado Secretary of State is the head of the Colorado Department of State, which is the principal department of the state government of Colorado.
The Colorado SOS is the person in charge of the following divisions in the state:
- Business Division
- Licensing Division
- Elections Division
- Administration Division
- Information Technology Divisions