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Boulder Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Boulder Public Records?

Boulder public records refer to all recordings done or maintained by any government body or by a government-financed entity, which contains information on public business and functions of departments in the city. However, entire documents may be confidential or sections are redacted from copies given to the public if they contain:

  • Criminal investigation and intelligence information
  • Trade secret
  • Medical records
  • Marketing plans and market survey results
  • Preliminary drafts, notes, and memoranda
  • Personnel files
  • Other confidential materials and privilege records

Boulder Crime Statistics

According to 2019 FBI crime statistics, the City of Boulder had 3,284 property crimes cases and 278 violent crimes in 2019. Indexed property crimes consisted of six arsons, 251 motor vehicle thefts, 405 burglaries, and 2,628 larceny thefts. Additionally, violent crimes consisted of one murder or non-negligent manslaughter, 37 robberies, 41 rape cases, and 199 aggravated assaults in the same year. In contrast to the 2018 FBI crime statistics, the analysis revealed that property crimes fell by 10.4% and violent crimes reduced by 4.8% between both years.

Are Boulder Criminal Records Public?

Yes, Boulder criminal records fall under the umbrella of public information in compliance with the Colorado Open Records Act. Excluding cases where disclosure is contrary to the public interest, individuals may obtain criminal records upon proper requests to different repositories such as the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, and the City of Boulder Police Department.

For local background checks by the police, interested persons should download and fill the public request form (Spanish) and mail, fax, email with payment of fees to:

City of Boulder Police Department
1805 33rd Street,
Boulder, CO 80301
Fax: (303) 441-4330
Email: pdrecords@bouldercolorado.gov
Phone: (303) 441-3300

Basic background checks cost $5, while notarized checks cost $10. However, results will only provide a list of arrests on file with the Boulder Police Department. For criminal history information recorded in the county, individuals should complete and submit the requests form with valid identification and fees to:

Sheriff's Headquarters
5600 Flatiron Parkway
Boulder, CO 80301
Fax: (720) 564-2674
Email: sheriffrecords@bouldercounty.org

Lastly, interested persons may obtain statewide criminal records from the CBI by using the Individual Search tool online, creating a Search account, or mailing completed request forms and $13 to:

Identification Unit
690 Kipling Street,
Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80215
Phone: (303) 239-4208

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Boulder Police Department is the local depository of arrest records, police reports, photos, body/dashcam videos, 911 recordings, and incident reports. However, not all records are open to individuals without direct involvement or authorization to obtain the document. For Boulder, arrest records filed with the BPD, interested persons should send the public request for background check form (Spanish) via mail, fax, email to:

City of Boulder Police Department
1805 33rd Street,
Boulder, CO 80301
Fax: (303) 441-4330
Email: pdrecords@bouldercolorado.gov
Phone: (303) 441-3300

Basic background checks cost $5, while notarized checks cost $10. For statistical and crime data requests, individuals should send the crime data request form and fees through the same channels. For copies of other Boulder police reports or materials, individuals may send the report request form to the City of Boulder Police Department.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Boulder

Individuals may access information on sex offenders who reside in the City of Boulder on the CBI sex offender registry by using the different categories of search tools available on the site. Interested persons may obtain a listing of offenders in the city with the city search tool or search according to the county, map location, zip code, name, and conviction levels.

Search results may provide information like the offender's mugshot, profile, physical descriptions, conviction information, offender designation, and so on. Additional resources include the free-subscription notification service and the downloadable index of the top 100 sex fugitives.

Note: The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and Boulder Police Department maintain information on sex offenders within their jurisdiction.

How to Find Boulder Inmate Records

The Boulder County Jail houses offenders incarcerated in the City of Boulder and other municipalities within the county’s jurisdiction. Records of inmates in this facility are available at the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. Individuals may locate inmates housed in the facility within seven days by checking the online roster or jail listing report. Available information may include each inmate’s name, booking date, location, sex, age, race, and physical description like eyes color, hair color, weight, and height. Arrest date, arresting agency, charges, case number may also be available by clicking on the triangle icon before the inmate’s name.

For information on inmates booked from 2000, interested persons may use the search box on the jail booking report page. Available information includes the inmate's name, race, sex, booking date, location, booking number, and DOB. Arrest date, arresting agency, charges, case number may also be available by clicking on the triangle icon before the inmate’s name. Call (303) 441-3600 for information on inmates booked before 2000. For other jail records, send completed request forms and fees to:

Sheriff's Headquarters
5600 Flatiron Parkway
Boulder, CO 80301
Fax: (720) 564-2674
Email: sheriffrecords@bouldercounty.org

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Boulder City Jail?

Individuals who wish to visit inmates in the Boulder County Jail may register for face-to-face visits at the Jail Reception from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays to Thursdays and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Approved visitors may then schedule visits at least one business day beforehand by calling (303) 441-4600 during business hours before visiting the facility at:

Boulder County Jail
3200 Airport Road,
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: (303) 441-4650

Remote or onsite video visits are also available, and interested persons may create accounts, register, and schedule appointments using the approved third-party site. Inmates may only receive one visit per week and two visitors at a time, while remote visits are more flexible but cost 20 cents per minute. Onsite or face-to-face visitors must also check in at least 15 minutes ahead of schedule or lose the allotted time. For a smooth visitation experience, individuals may check the visitation page and download the visitation rules, scheduling guide, and other resources.

Court Records

As part of the Colorado Judicial Branch, the city of Boulder courts maintain and issue various court files concerning civil, criminal, and probate matters and proceedings that took place in the court. These records include dockets, audio recordings, transcripts, paper files, and so on.

Locations of Courts in Boulder

Boulder County District Court - Boulder
1777 6th Street,
P.O. Box 4249,
Boulder, CO 80306
Phone: (303) 441-3750
Fax: (303) 441-4750

County Court of Boulder County - Boulder
1777 6th Street,
P.O. Box 4249,
Boulder, CO 80306
Phone: (303) 441-3750
Fax: (303) 441-4750

Boulder Municipal Court
1777 6th Street,
P.O. Box 8015,
Boulder, CO 80306
Phone: (303) 441-1842
Fax: (303) 441-4233

Are Boulder Court Records Public?

Not all Boulder court records are public. Some court files are subject to the exemptions provided in the Colorado Open Records Act. Generally, files that are under court seal and confidential information are not available to the public, while other records without statutory exemptions are public.

Can You Look Up a Boulder Court Case Online?

Yes, it is possible to search for Boulder court cases using search tools on the court websites or third-party sites. For instance, individuals may use the docket search tool on the Colorado Judicial Branch website to find information on active or upcoming cases such as hearing date, length, hearing type, case number, location, and division. However, not all information may be available online and may require submitting requests to the custodian in person, by mail, or through other acceptable channels.

How to Obtain Boulder Civil Court Case Records

Individuals may obtain Boulder court records on civil cases by making walk-in requests at the court where the proceedings took place. For cases in the Municipal, District, and County Courts, visit 1777 Sixth Street, Boulder, and provide the required case description and fees in person. Individuals may also make online requests for civil case records filed in the Municipal Court.

Interested persons may also write request letters or download request forms from the court website and provide case descriptions like case numbers, party names, hearing/filing date, and location. Send letters or forms to the appropriate mailing address:

Boulder Municipal Court
P.O. Box 8015
Boulder, CO 80306-8015

Boulder County Court
P.O. Box 4249,
Boulder, CO 80306

Boulder District Court
P.O. Box 4249,
Boulder, CO 80306

Note: Requesters will have to pay standard research or copying fees or provide valid identification for confidential records.

How to Obtain Boulder Criminal Court Records

Interested persons may obtain copies of Boulder criminal court records by making walk-in requests at the court where the proceedings took place. For cases in the Municipal, District, and County Courts, visit 1777 Sixth Street, Boulder, and provide the required case description and fees in person. Individuals may also make online requests for criminal case records filed in the Municipal Court.

Interested persons may also write request letters or download request forms from the court website and provide case descriptions like case numbers, party names, hearing/filing date, and location. Mail letters or forms to the appropriate mailing address, pay fees, and provide means of identification when required.

Boulder Municipal Court
P.O. Box 8015
Boulder, CO 80306-8015

Boulder County Court
P.O. Box 4249,
Boulder, CO 80306

Boulder District Court
P.O. Box 4249,
Boulder, CO 80306

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What are Boulder Vital Records?

Boulder Vital records are records of life events in the city. Maintained by government agencies at the state, county, or city levels, these records provide information on deaths, births, divorces, adoption, marriages, and other related events within the city's jurisdiction.

Where and How to Obtain Boulder Divorce Records

Interested persons may obtain copies of original Boulder divorce decrees at the Boulder District Court where the case was filed. Divorce verification letters can be obtained from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). For copies of the decree, individuals may make in-person requests at 1777 Sixth Street, Boulder, or send request letters containing party names, case numbers, and date to:

Boulder County District Court - Boulder
1777 6th Street,
P.O. Box 4249,
Boulder, CO 80306
Phone: (303) 441-3750
Fax: (303) 441-4750

For CDPHE verification letters of divorces that happened from 1851 to 1939 and 1968 till date, interested persons may send filled application forms, acceptable identification, $17 for the first copy, and $10 per additional copy to:

Vital Records – Certification
4300 Cherry Creek Drive
South Denver, CO 80246-1530
Phone: (303) 692-2200

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Boulder

Confidential Boulder marriage records are available at the Boulder County Recording Division of the Clerk and Recorder's Office. Spouses mentioned in the license and other authorized persons may obtain copies of these documents by making requests online, in person, by phone, or via mail to:

Office of the Clerk & Recorder
Recording Division
1750 33rd Street,
Suite 201
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: (303) 413-7770
Email: recording@bouldercounty.org

Requesters must provide their names, phone numbers, mailing/email addresses, type and description of document/copy requested, payment, and self-addressed, stamped envelope (mailed requests only) when making requests. The clerk charges $1.25 per certified copy of Boulder marriage certificates.

Where and How to Get Public Boulder Marriage Records

Interested persons may obtain copies of public Boulder marriage certificates from the Boulder County Recording Division where the license was issued, and marriage verification letters from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Before requesting copies from the Recording Division, individuals may search the online portal for details of civil unions or marriages. Requesters may then provide the details along with personal information, phone numbers, mailing/email addresses, type and description of document/copy requested, payment, and self-addressed, stamped envelope (mailed requests only) when making requests to:

Office of the Clerk & Recorder
Recording Division
1750 33rd Street,
Suite 201
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: (303) 413-7770
Email: recording@bouldercounty.org

Requests can be in person, online, via mail, or by email. The clerk charges $1.25 per certified copy of Boulder marriage certificates. For CDPHE verification letters of marriages or civil unions, interested persons may send filled application forms, acceptable identification, $17 for the first copy, and $10 per additional copy to:

Vital Records – Certification
4300 Cherry Creek Drive
South Denver, CO 80246-1530
Phone: (303) 692-2200

Where and How to Find Boulder Birth Records

The Vital Records Unit of Boulder County Public Health maintains certificates of births in Colorado since 1904. However, according to state laws, these records are only available to:

  • The record subject
  • Immediate family members with proof of relationship
  • Legal representatives of eligible persons
  • Others with tangible and direct interests in the certificate

Eligible individuals may obtain copies of Boulder City birth certificates by sending application forms (Spanish) with the required information, fees, and valid identification to:

Boulder County Public Health
Attn: Vital Records
3450 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
Phone: (303) 441-1100
Fax: (303) 678-6163

Requests can be in person, via mail, or by fax. Boulder City birth records cost $20 for the first copy and $13 per additional copy. Make money orders or checks payable to "Boulder County Public Health."

Where and How to Find Boulder Death Records

Boulder death records since 1901 are available at the Vital Records Unit of Boulder County Public Health. However, these records are only available to:

  • Adult children, stepchildren, grandchildren, and siblings
  • Parents, stepparents, and grandparents
  • Spouses
  • Legal representatives of the deceased or any of the above
  • Probate researchers
  • Genealogists representing family members (with proof)
  • Others with tangible and direct interests in the certificate, especially for the determination or protection of a personal property right

Qualified persons may obtain copies of Boulder City death certificates by sending application forms (Spanish) with the required information, fees, and valid identification to:

Boulder County Public Health
Attn: Vital Records
3450 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
Phone: (303) 441-1100
Fax: (303) 678-6163

Requests can be in person, via mail, or by fax. Boulder City death records cost $20 for the first copy and $13 per additional copy. Make money orders or checks payable to the Boulder County Public Health department.