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Colorado Public RecordsColorado has a long history and many records that date back several hundred years. There are also many current records available for genealogy researchers. However, Colorado does restrict access to vital records due to a rise in identity theft. Authorized individuals may request copies of Colorado birth records, death, marriage and divorce records from the Department of Public Health and Environment. Colorado marriage records can be viewed locally through most County Clerk and Recorder offices and are not restricted. Colorado public records also include access to Colorado court records, which can be searched online for a fee through the Colorado Judicial Branch website or requested from the court that handled the case. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation provides online access to criminal records on anyone for a fee. Access to historic Colorado public records can be obtained through the State Archives. Available to the public are Colorado military records, obituaries, and cemetery and vital records.

  • Colorado birth records, death, marriage and divorce records may be requested by authorized individuals from the Department of Public Health and Environment. Orders for these Colorado public records are accepted in person, by mail, fax or online through VitalChek.
  • Most County Clerk and Recorder offices offer unrestricted access to marriage records, depending on the county, with some online availability.
  • Colorado court records can be viewed in person at the court that handled the case or researched online through the Colorado Judicial Branch website for a fee.
  • Colorado criminal records searches can be performed on a third party online through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for a fee.
  • View historic Colorado cemetery records, obituaries, military and vital records at the Colorado State Archives. You can search their records collection online, and some are digitized.
  • About Colorado Public Records

    Although Colorado is an open records state, a recent rise in identity theft has created additional restrictions on vital records like marriage and divorce records. The state vital records office, under the Department of Public Health and Environment, restricts access to Colorado vital records to the person of record, an immediate family member, and genealogists with notarized permission from the family and legal representatives. However, these Colorado public records can also be requested locally and in certain counties with fewer restrictions.

    Although Colorado death records and birth records are still restricted, even if requested from your local health department, the County Clerk and Recorder’s office that holds the local marriage records likely does not restrict access. For example, the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder offers an online database that includes marriage records that are open to the public. Colorado divorce records are usually available at the District Court that handled the case.

    Searching Colorado Public Records Online

    The Colorado Judicial Branch oversees the state court system and is a good resource to learn about which courts handle the various types of cases.  In general, local District Courts handle civil, criminal, domestic and small claims cases, and these Colorado court records are available to the public unless sealed by a judge. Searching Colorado public records online can be done through the Colorado Judicial Branch website. There are two online services that access court records: CoCourts and BIS (background information services), although both charge a fee to conduct a search.

    Online public records in Colorado do include access to current docket information for each court, which is available online for free. You can perform a search by name, type of court and county. Then, simply request copies of these Colorado court records from the specific court or view them in person. Usually, there is no charge to view in person unless copies are requested. Other Colorado online public records include access to criminal records through the state Bureau of Investigation.

    Search Public Records in Colorado

    The Colorado State Archives offers an amazing collection of state records that are readily available to the public. Although a Digital Archive is offered online, most of the records of major interest to those performing family history will only be available in person. Search public records in Colorado State Archives, and you will find historic vital records, military and cemetery records, as well as Colorado obituaries. Many of these record collections are part of an online index that can be searched for free prior to a visit. If a visit to the Archives in Denver isn’t feasible, the staff accepts research requests online, by telephone or fax for a fee.



     
    State of Colorado Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    4,456,939

     
    Under 18:
    1,679,192

     
    Over 65:
    492,685

     
    Employed:
    3,268,175

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    103,717.53

     
    Acres of Farms:
    31,336,093

     
    Births:
    68,944

     
    Deaths:
    29,627

     
    Infant Deaths:
    397

     
     
    Murder:
    157

     
    Forcible Rape:
    2,098

     
    Robbery:
    3,365

     
    Assault:
    11,326

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    16,946

     
    Burglary:
    28,256

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    98,950

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    13,519

     
    Total Property Crime:
    140,725

     
    Colorado Public Records Locations
    Attorney General's Office
    Department of Law
    1525 Sherman St,5th Floor
    Denver, CO 80203
    Phone:
    303-866-4500

    Fax:
    303-866-5691










    Department of Public Health & Environment
    Vital Records Section HSVR-A1
    4300 Cherry Creek Dr S
    Denver, CO 80246-1530
    Fax:
    800-423-1108










     
    Secretary of State
    Business Division
    1700 Broadway, Suite 200
    Denver, CO 80290
    Fax:
    303-869-4864










    Bureau of Investigation, State Repository
    Identification Unit
    690 Kipling St, Suite 3000
    Denver, CO 80215
    Phone:
    303-239-4208

    Fax:
    303-239-5858










     
    Department of Public Health & Environment
    Vital Records Section HSVR-A1
    4300 Cherry Creek Dr S
    Denver, CO 80246-1530
    Fax:
    800-423-1108










    Department of Public Health & Environment
    Vital Records Section
    4300 Cherry Creek Dr S
    Denver, CO 80246-1530
    Fax:
    800-423-1108










     
    Division of Motor Vehicles
    Driver Control
    Denver, CO 80261-0016
    Phone:
    303-205-5613

    Fax:
    303-205-5990










    GED Testing Program
    201 E Colfax Ave Rm 100
    Denver, CO 80203
    Phone:
    303-866-6613

    Fax:
    303-866-6947










     
    Governor's Office
    136 State Capitol Bldg
    Denver, CO 80203-1792
    Phone:
    303-866-2471

    Fax:
    303-866-2003










    Colorado Department of Corrections
    Offender Records
    2862 South Circle Dr. #418
    Colorado Springs, CO 80906-4195
    Fax:
    719-226-4899










     
    Legislative Council Library
    State Capitol
    200 E Colfax Ave, Rm 029
    Denver, CO 80203
     
    303-866-3055

    Fax:
    303-866-2218










    Department of Public Health & Environment
    Vital Records Section
    4300 Cherry Creek Dr S
    Denver, CO 80246-1530
    Fax:
    800-423-1108










     
    Colorado Bureau of Investigation
    SOR Unit
    690 Kipling St, Suite 3000
    Denver, CO 80215
    Phone:
    303-239-4222

    Fax:
    303-239-4661










    Colorado Information Technology Services
    Archives & Public Records
    1313 Sherman St, Room 1B-20
    Denver, CO 80203
    Fax:
    303-866-2257










     
    State Court Administrator
    1301 Pennsylvania St, Suite 300
    Denver, CO 80203-2416
    Phone:
    303-861-1111

     
    800-888-0001

    Fax:
    303-837-2340










    Secretary of State
    UCC Division
    1700 Broadway, Suite 200
    Denver, CO 80290
    Phone:
    303-894-2200 Ext. 2

    Fax:
    303-869-4864










     
    Division of Motor Vehicles
    Title and Registration Section
    Denver, CO 80261-0016
    Fax:
    303-205-5765










    Department of State
    Elections Department
    1700 Broadway #270
    Denver, CO 80290
    Phone:
    303-894-2200 Ext. 6307

    Fax:
    303-869-4861










     
    Division of Workers' Compensation
    Customer Service
    633 17th Street 400
    Denver, CO 80202-3660
    Phone:
    303-318-8700

    Fax:
    303-318-8710