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Aurora Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Aurora Public Records?

According to the Colorado Open Records Act, Aurora public records consist of any data created, held, stored, and reproduced by county or state agencies and departments. Aurora public records may be in a handwritten or typewritten format and include audio recordings, videotapes, emails, SMS, maps, pictures, and statistical tables. However, these public records do not include restricted or sealed records under the Colorado Open Records Act. Records are sealed or redacted if it contains the following:

  • Personal identification information (social security number, signature, or photograph)
  • Tax information.
  • Driving records.
  • Proprietary information concerning software and source codes
  • Trade secrets
  • Information on materials and resources handled by a crime victim compensation board
  • Medical records.
  • The identity of a donor to an institution or other related foundations

Crime Statistics

The Aurora Police Department (APD) is responsible for generating arrest records and statistical reports for all reported crimes committed within the city. The APD also generates annual crime statistics, which are forwarded and included in the FBI's Unified Crime Report (UCR). According to the FBI's UCR for 2019, Aurora City saw a total number of 13,383 reported crimes. This figure consists of 2,716 violent crimes and 11,122 property crimes. The reported violent crimes include 17 murders and non-negligent manslaughter, 387 rapes, 631 robberies, and 1,681 aggravated assaults. The reported property crimes included,723 burglaries, 7,189 larceny-thefts, 2,210 motor vehicle thefts, and 53 arsons. In contrast with the 2016 Crime Statistics, reported crimes increased by 9 percent. In total, violent crimes increased by 63 percent (murder and non-negligent manslaughter (-29%), rape (9%), robberies (41%), aggravated assaults (100%). Property crimes increased by 5 percent (burglaries (2%), larceny-thefts (-5%), motor vehicle thefts (75%), and arson (-17%).

Are Aurora Criminal Records Public?

Not all Aurora criminal records are classified as public records. A record bearer may petition the court to seal his/her criminal records via a civil action suit with the Aurora District Court. In addition to this, the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI), which acts as the custodian agency for criminal records, can also determine the accessibility of criminal records to the public. For instance, the Colorado Bureau of Investigations allows interested persons to search for only adult criminal records via an Internet-based criminal records check. However, juvenile criminal records are sealed and exempted from public view. Only law enforcement agencies are allowed to have unrestricted access to the CBI's criminal records database.

How to Obtain Aurora Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Aurora Police Department (APD) is the local repository responsible for the collation and dispensation of all Aurora arrest records and police reports via the Aurora Police Records Unit. To obtain arrest records via an open request, requesters must download the CCRJA Open Records Request and provide information about:

  • The requester's personal information (name, company name, address, telephone, email, signature, and date of the request
  • The specifics of the incident - the case report number, location of incident, date and time of the incident, and type of incident
  • Any additional records being requested

Send the completed form via email to APD-ORR@AuroraGov.Org. Record subjects can also request a copy of their arrest records by filling out the Request a Police Report online form and submitting the completed report in - person or via mail to the:

Aurora Police Department
Attn: Records Section
15001 East Alameda Parkway,
Aurora, CO 80012

Furthermore, record subjects can send the police request form via email: APDPublicRecordsRequest@AuroraGov.Org. Alternatively, the CBI provides access to Aurora arrest records and police reports via the Computerized Criminal History Database (CCH). The CCH only contains details of arrest records based upon fingerprints provided by local law enforcement agencies. To access the CCH database, requesters may register an account on the platform or search for arrest records as an individual. More so, requesters must provide the following information when utilizing the database: the record subject's first and last name, date of birth, CBI-provided IDT number, and the social security number.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Aurora

Interested persons may request sex offender information in Aurora via the Sexual Offender Tracking and Registration online database (SOTAR). The online database regularly updates the list of all convicted sex offenders within the Aurora metropolitan area. Moreover, the SOTAR database features an online map interface that helps requesters to pinpoint sex offenders living in their vicinity. Requesters may conduct an address proximity search to gauge the sex offenders’ location or a general search for sex offenders in the city of Aurora. To conduct address proximity search, input the street, city, zip code, and radius (miles). For a general search, input the offender's first, middle, and last name, subdivision, gender, city, county, and ZIP code.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigations is also a repository for sex offender information. However, the CBI doesn't contain the list of all convicted sex offenders in the state. This CBI excludes information on sex offenders charged with misdemeanor sex offenses and juveniles convicted of sex crimes. Via the CBI's online database, requesters can obtain information on sexually violent predators, multiple sex offenders, sex offenders who failed to register, and felony sex offenders.

How to Find Aurora Inmate Records

The Arapahoe Sheriff's Department maintains an online record of all current inmates in the city of Aurora. To obtain inmate information, visit the online platform and fill out the inmate’s first, middle, and last name. In case the requesters cannot locate the correct inmate, contact the information center at (720) 874-3500 for more information.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Aurora Jail?

Families and friends of inmates at any Aurora Correctional facility should visit the facility where the inmate is incarcerated. Aurora correctional facilities provide remote visitation and on-site visitation services to visitors. Visitors can schedule 30-minutes online visits from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. via the approved third-party visitation vendor. Visitors must register and get pre-approved on the vendor’s website, and schedule appointments at least two days before the requested visit. Each remote visit via the Securus App costs $8.99. Alternatively, visitors can utilize the on-site video kiosks to communicate with inmates for free.

The visitation schedule is as follows;

  • Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The visitation schedule is subject to change or cancellation if it undermines the schedule, security, and safety of the correctional facilities. All visitors must check-in at least 10 minutes before the scheduled appointment. Adult visitors must provide a government-issued identification when visiting the correctional facilities. Visitors can only visit once a day. Furthermore, visitors must dress appropriately during visitations.

Court Records

As part of the Colorado 17th and 18th Judicial District, Aurora City provides access to court records via the courthouses in Arapahoe County, Adams County, and Douglas County. The publicly-accessible court records include traffic records, civil records, administrative records, probate records, criminal records, and domestic relations records.

Location of Courts in Aurora

Aurora Municipal Court
14999 East Alameda Parkway,
Aurora, CO 80012
Phone: (303) 739-6444

Are Aurora Court Records Public?

Per the Colorado Open Records Act, not all of the city of Aurora's court records are accessible to the public. On the contrary, probate court cases, juvenile court cases, and suppressed court records are redacted and restricted from the public's view. Accessing these confidential and restricted records might require special authorization, a valid form of identification, and legal connection to the confidential court record.

Can You Look Up Aurora Court Case Online?

The Colorado Judicial System provides online access to court records of Aurora's constituent counties; Arapahoe County, Douglas County, and Adams County. Additionally, accessing court records, requesters may also request court records via mail-in or in-person services. The Adams County Common Pleas Court also maintains a data retrieval system for court records generated within the county.

How to Obtain Aurora Civil Court Records

Aurora civil court records are available at the Colorado Judicial System (CJS), which acts as the online repository for all court records generated in the county. Requesters can search for civil court records by inputting the data range, the case number, the party’s last and first name, and attorney bar number.

In addition to this, the Adams County Court of Common Pleas also maintains an online court record portal for court proceedings documented within the county. The record search platform allows requesters to search for Aurora civil court records via the party or company name of the record subjects, the case number, the number of search results per page, and the type of court record request.

How to Obtain Aurora Criminal Court Case Records

The CJS is the central repository for all court records generated in different judicial districts within the state. Requesters may obtain Aurora court records from the CJS-maintained online database of the 17th and 18th judicial districts (Adams County, Arapahoe County, and Douglas County). Requesters may search for Aurora criminal records using the data range, the record subject’s first and last name, the case number, the type of court record, and the attorney bar number.

The Adams County Common Pleas Court is also an alternative option for obtaining Aurora criminal court records. It maintains an online portal for accessing criminal court records generated in the county. Requesters may utilize the portal to search for Aurora criminal court records via the name of the record bearers (individuals or companies), the number of search results per page, the case number, and the type of court record being requested.

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What are Aurora Vital Records?

Aurora's vital records consist of all recorded information about life events that occurred within the city. Vital records consist of marriage, birth, divorce, and death events. State and county agencies act as the custodian agency for vital records at the state and county levels, respectively. To get copies of vital records, requests follow the instructions provided by the custodian agencies.

Where and How to Obtain Aurora Divorce Records

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is the principal repository of divorce records in the city of Aurora and the state in general. Requesters may obtain Aurora divorce records via mail requests. The CDPHE only provides access to Aurora divorce verification records from 1900 to 1939 and from 1975 to the present. Requesters should note that divorce verification records only contain the following details: the record subject's name, the divorce date, and the county where the record subject filed for divorce. To obtain Aurora divorce records via mail, choose an appointment date, fill in the requester's information (name, phone number, and email), and submit via the CDPHE's online application platform. Divorce verification records cost a non-refundable $17 fee.

Where and How to Obtain Aurora Marriage Records

Interested persons may request Aurora marriage records from the CDPHE's Vital Records Office. Marriage records from 1900 to 1939 and from 1975 to the present are available on request from interested persons. However, the CDPHE only provides access to marriage verification records in lieu of copies of marriage certificates. Requesters may obtain marriage verification records via mail by filling out the online application form. First, select the appointment date and time. Furthermore, fill in the requester's information section - name, phone number, and email. More so, requesters must fill in the county where the marriage license was issued. Marriage verification costs $17 and an additional $10 for subsequent copies.

Where and How to Obtain Aurora Birth Records

The Tri-County Health Department is the custodian agency for birth events recorded in Aurora's constituent counties (Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties). Requesters can obtain certified copies of Aurora birth certificates via mail-in or in-person requests. Only the following requesters are eligible to obtain birth records from the Tri-County Health Department:

  • The record subject
  • Subject’s immediate family members with proof of identification (siblings, parents, children, grandparents, uncles, and aunts)
  • Legal representatives of the record subject
  • Individuals and entities with tangible interests in the record

To obtain birth records from the Tri-County Health Department, requesters must provide the following information:

  • The record subject's first and last name as it appears on the birth record.
  • The parent's name and mother's maiden name.
  • Place and date of birth.
  • The reason for the request.
  • The requester's relationship with the record bearer.
  • Payment for the birth record. Certified copies of birth records cost $20 for the first copy and $13 for additional copies. Expedited shipping for mail orders incurs an additional $25.
  • Applicant's signature.
  • A photocopy of the requester's valid identification.

To obtain birth records in-person, visit the Commerce City Office or the Greenwood Village Office at:

Adams County Service Center Building
4201 East 72nd Avenue
Suite D
Commerce City, CO 80022
Phone: (720) 200-1401
Fax: (303) 439-5998

Or

The Greenwood Village Office
6162 South Willow Drive
Suite 100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111-5114

To obtain certified copies of birth records via mail, download and fill out the birth certificate request form. Send the completed form with a money order or check and a photocopy of the requester's valid identification to one of the following addresses:

410 South Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
4201 East 72nd Avenue
Suite D
Commerce City, CO 80022

Or

The Greenwood Village Office
6162 South Willow Drive
Suite 100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Where and How to Obtain Aurora Death Records

Requesters may obtain certified copies of Aurora death certificates from the Tri-County Health Department. Copies of death records are available to only requesters with family ties or tangible interest in the records. Requesters may get death records by visiting in-person or via mail requests. To obtain certified copies of death records in-person, visit the Commerce City Office or the Greenwood Village Office at:

Adams County Service Center Building
4201 East 72nd Avenue
Suite D
Commerce City, CO 80022
Phone: (720) 200-1401
Fax: (303) 439-5998

Or

The Greenwood Village Office
6162 South Willow Drive
Suite 100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111-5114

To obtain certified copies of death records via mail, download and fill out the death certificate request form. Send the completed form with a money order or check, and a photocopy of the requester's valid identification to one of the following above addresses or the health department at:

410 South Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Commerce City, CO 80022