Starting a Business

We can help you access the tools you need to start your business. Use this checklist to make sure you are complying with laws and regulations the department administers.

Register your business for an Unemployment Account

Employers are required to pay premiums through a quarterly premium-report and wage-report process. You may be required to pay unemployment insurance premiums if you meet specific requirements. To receive an unemployment account number, you may register your business online through Colorado Business Express or submit the registration form.

Register Online if:

  • You are paying wages to at least one employee in Colorado.
  • Your first payroll date is in the prior calendar year or the current calendar year.
  • You have not previously registered for an unemployment identification number.
  • You are not involved in a change of ownership.
  • Your business is not classified as one of the following:
  • Agricultural
  • Household or domestic
  • Nonprofit organization as described in the federal IRC 501 (c)(3)
  • Other nonprofit organization
  • Reimbursable or government

For all other situations use the Business Registration Form.

Premium Payments

New employers begin at a standard rate for paying premiums depending on the type of business activity. Between 2004-2012, the standard rate consisted of three components: a base rate, a solvency surcharge and a surtax. More>

Required Unemployment Reports

You must submit premium and wage reports every quarter. Most employers can file both premium and wage reports through MyUI Employer. You may also be required to provide responses to requests for information like the Request for Verification of Weekly Earnings or employee separation information. Providing responses timely helps keep improper payments to a minimum and helps you avoid costs. More>

Register for MyUI Employer

Manage your unemployment insurance premium account information using MyUI Employer. Employers who pay unemployment insurance premiums and their designees, for example employees, accounting, or legal staff can utilize this tool to manage their accounts.

Ensure Proper Worker Classification

Ensure you are classifying your workers correctly. Employee/worker misclassification occurs when an employer mistakenly classifies a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee. More>

Online Job Separations

When an employee is separated from employment and files a claim to collect unemployment benefits, any employer listed on the claim are notified via letter and are required to submit job-separation documentation. This documentation allows us to make decisions about allowing or denying unemployment benefits to be paid to the previous employee. Our new email notification and response tool allows employers to respond quickly, which gives us information sooner and helps us make more accurate decisions. More>

Verify Workers' Compensation Coverage

Employers are required to obtain and maintain workers’ compensation insurance for one or more employees (with few exceptions). Verify if you or another employer has insurance coverage in Colorado. More>

Employment Verification

After hiring an employee, employers must make a written affirmation within 20 days that they have reviewed and made copies of identity documents required by the Federal Form I-9. More>

Verify Wage & Hour Law Compliance

Verify your compliance with minimum wage, overtime, and pay laws and regulations. More>


Most government agencies provide their own posters online without cost. Use the "Colorado Employer Poster Advisor" for a general list of both state and federal posters. More>

Contact Us

Colorado Division of Unemployment Insurance | 303-318-9100 | Contact Us