How to Request a Colorado SUTA Number

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment issues SUTA numbers to employers.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment issues SUTA numbers to employers. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The state unemployment tax act, often referred to as SUTA, requires any business owner with employees to cover those workers with unemployment compensation insurance. In the event an employee is laid off or his position ends by no fault of his own, he can apply for unemployment compensation. In Colorado, the Department of Labor and Employment oversees the Unemployment Insurance Program. This agency is the contact for registering a business, obtaining an unemployment insurance account and receiving a SUTA number. The process can be completed with ease with the convenience of online registration.

Contact the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Go to the Colorado Unemployment Insurance Program home page and access the new employer registration site. Click the "Online registration" link to connect to the CR 0100 online applicability interview.

Determine eligibility. Complete the CR 0100 online applicability interview. Answer "Yes" or "No" to questions including whether you have ever been issued an unemployment insurance tax number, if business ownership has changed, business classification, if the business is a franchise, and if there are multiple locations. You will also be asked if the business has at least one employee.

Provide business profile. Once applicability has been determined, you will be directed to the next phase of the form. Be prepared to answer questions about sales and withholding taxes, your business location, the names of all owners, partners, and officers, and the date of the first payroll period. Describe the type of business activity your company performs.

Complete and submit. Once your data has been entered, an online review will occur and you will be asked to complete any missing information. After all fields have been completed, you can submit the application. Once approved, you will be assigned your SUTA number, also referred to by Colorado Department of Labor officials as your UI account number.

Tips & Warnings

  • You must have completed at least one payroll cycle before requesting your UI account number.
  • Once your UI account number has been assigned, you will receive instructions on the percentage to deposit for premiums and will be required to submit quarterly payroll reports. This can be reported online.
  • To contact a representative with the Colorado Unemployment Insurance program, email If you are in the Denver metropolitan area, call 303-318-9100. For those outside Denver, call 1-800-480-8299.

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