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How to Find a Divorce Record in Colorado

Divorce is the formal legal dissolution of a marital relationship. The Colorado Department of Health & Environment (CDHE) holds marriage dissolution records between the years 1900 and 1939 and also 1975 to present day. Records finalized between 1939 and 1975 will often be held in the county court where the divorce was finalized. The State Archives also hold a limited amount of these records that are not maintained by the county clerk. A list of these exceptions can be found on the Colorado State Archives website. Divorce records are filed in three forms, and knowing the differences between them can save the requesting party time in the process of obtaining the sought-after records.

Divorce records are considered court records. They may therefore be searched on third party public record websites. Divorce records can offer personal information on minors, finances, and sensitive criminal information like domestic abuse. Because of this, divorce record, certificate, and decree availability is usually much lower than other types of public records because of the personal nature of divorces. Simply put, divorce records are significantly harder to obtain and search for than other types of public records.

  • What are Colorado Divorce Certificates

    Colorado divorce certificates are available to the public upon request for free, but they are not certified copies. To obtain a certified copy, it is necessary to make a formal request and pay the associated fee. Unless sealed by a judge, these records should be available to the public. This certificate is the most general form of a divorce record, as it holds only the names of the divorced parties, along with the location of the divorce and the time it was finalized. Most often, the divorced parties will request these documents to apply for a name change or a marriage certificate.

  • What are Colorado Divorce Decrees

    Divorce decrees are slightly more informational, as they contain the judgments and obligations of the divorced parties. These obligations include division of property and debts, child custody, living arrangements, scheduling, child and spousal support, and insurance agreements. This document is signed by a judge and given a case number. Typically this document is only available to the two people who were involved in the divorce and their attorneys.

  • What are Colorado Divorce Records

    Divorce records are the most full document and hold the most specific details. These records can be accessed and viewed by members of the public, but only certified copies can be obtained by the divorcd parties and their attorneys. The persons involved in the divorce are advised to keep these records for the future, in the case that they would want to challenge any agreements on them. The difference between a divorce record and divorce decree is that a divorce record includes every file, document, and transcript that was produced during the proceedings.

Are Colorado Divorce Records Public Records?

According to Colorado’s Open Records Act (CORA), members of the public should be allowed to access any and all records produced by government bodies and court proceedings as long as they provide justification for accessing these records and the necessary documents. However, this act is not all-encompassing. Some records, specifically many divorce records may be sealed or partly redacted due to sensitive or confidential information within them. Some examples of this information include:

  • Personal information of minor children or juveniles
  • Information pertaining to adoption and child custody agreements
  • Personal information of victims of abuse or violence
  • Documents regarding any mental and psychological evaluations made by medical professionals
  • Sensitive financial information and property information

How to Obtain Colorado Divorce Court Records

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment maintains divorce records for the years between 1900 to 1939, and then 1975 to present day. Most divorce records in Colorado are maintained by the office of the clerk of courts in the District or county court where the divorce was heard and finalized. Requesting parties should:

  • First locate the office of the clerk of courts in the county where the divorce occurred. This can be found fairly easily using the Court Docket Search tool provided by the state website.
  • After finding the specific court, the requesting party must submit in-person or mail in a query to the clerk of court.
  • The requesting party is required to provide general information pertaining to the case in order to help the search. This information includes the names of the divorced parties, the location of the divorce, and the date it took place.
  • The requesting parties should be prepared to be charged a standard search fee by the records clerk.

What Do I Need to Access Colorado Divorce Records?

There are certain requirements a requesting party needs when attempting to access records. These include but are not limited to:

  • Proof of their relationship to the parties involved
  • Documentation to justify their legal interest in obtaining these divorce records
  • Valid identification

Government public record search portals and third party public record websites both may provide court records search tools, which can help find divorce records, though record availability usually varies widely. Divorce records in particular may simply not be available through either source.

Examples of valid identification include:

  • Alien Registration Receipt/Permanent Resident Card
  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship Birth certificate of Applicant (U.S. only)
  • Jail Temporary Inmate ID: Denver or Pueblo County Court order for Adoption or Name Change
  • Colorado Department of Corrections ID card Craft or Trade License (Colorado only)
  • Colorado Department of Human Services Youth
  • Corrections ID
  • Colorado Temporary Driver’s License/State ID (must be current)
  • Divorce Decree (U.S. only)
  • Employment Authorization Card (I-766) Colorado Gaming License
  • Foreign Passport Hospital Birth Worksheet (within 6 months of birth)
  • Government Work ID Colorado Hunting or Fishing License (must be current)
  • Job Corps ID Card Foreign or International Driving License (with photo)
  • US Merchant Mariner Card/Book IRS-ITIN Card/Letter
  • Driver’s License/ID Card (DMV – U.S. only) Marriage License/Certificate (U.S. only)
  • School, University or College ID Card (must be current) Medicare Card
  • Temporary Resident Card Mexican Voter Registration Card
  • U.S. B1/B2 Card with I-94 Motor Vehicle Registration or Title
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization Pilot License
  • U.S. Citizenship ID Card (I-197) State, Territorial or Federal Prison or Corrections ID Card
  • U.S. Military ID Card Social Security Card
  • U.S. Passport Book or Card

Accessing Colorado Divorce Records by Mail

To order a divorce verification by mail, include the above listed information, along with any application fees, and a request form. Mail this to

Vital Records - Certification
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530

The time it takes to process mail-in requests is thirty business days.

How Do I Access Colorado Divorce Records In-Person

To order Colorado divorce certificates in-person visit the main campus at

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Vital Records Section
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246

This office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Walk-ins usually have their requests fulfilled on the same day.

How Do I Access Colorado Divorce Records Online

The Colorado state government website provides uncertified Colorado dissolution of marriage certificates online through the The Official Web Portal. If finding a record proves difficult, it is recommended to use one of the other methods above, or to attempt a search through a third party public record website.

Cost of Records

The cost of marriage dissolution certificates is $17.00 for every certified copy, even in the unfortunate case that no record is found. There is an additional $10 fee for each added certificate. If the search for the record takes a lot of time, there is a $1 fee for each year.

Does Colorado Recognize Common-Law Marriages?

Colorado common-law marriages are recognized as legally binding. Common law marriages in Colorado have existed since 1877. Parties to a common-law marriage are entitled to all rights, benefits, and duties of a legitimate union. There are only two prerequisites for common law marriages in Colorado State. The first is that the parties are free to enter into a marriage. Neither is married to another individual. Secondly, both parties are of legal age (18). There is no time limitation for establishing a common-law marriage in Colorado.