El Paso County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office recorded a total of 508 violent crimes in 2017, the most recent year with a complete set of crime data. This figure includes 6 murders, 168 rapes, 36 robberies, and 298 aggravated assaults. That year, incidences of property crimes in El Paso County include390 burglaries, 482 cases of fraud, 1,651 larceny thefts, and 276 motor vehicle thefts.

Compared to the previous year, murder, burglary, and fraud rates in the county dipped by 14.3%, 7.1%, and 13.3% respectively. The crime with highest year-on-year growth rate was robbery with a 33.3% increment. Rape and aggravated assault rates grew by 9.1% and 5.3% respectively while there were 3.1% more cases of larceny and 3% more cases of motor vehicle theft.

Criminal Records

The Sheriff’s Office maintains and releases criminal justice records for El Paso County. These include booking reports and photographs, police reports, dispatch recordings, and footage from body-worn cameras. To request for these records, download and complete the Request Criminal Justice Records form. Bring or mail this to:

Office of the Sheriff
27 East Vermijo Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

The Sheriff’s Office charges $6 for the first 10 pages of case reports, 911 call screen printouts, and jail records. Additional pages attract a charge of 25 cents per page. For dispatch recordings provided on CDs, the Sheriff charges $25 per hour for incidents that happened in the last two years and $35 per hour for incidents that happened more than two years ago. The fee for a jail booking report is $3 while a copy of a traffic ticket costs $2 and a booking photo (on CD) costs $6. The first hour of a body camera video footage is free but there is a charge of $30 per hour for longer clips. These fees are payable with cash, business check, and money order.

The Colorado Revised Statute 16-22-112, as amended by Colorado House Bill 1035, authorizes law enforcement agencies all over the state to provide information about registered sex offenders in their jurisdictions on their websites. In accordance with this directive, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office provides public access to offenders living in the county. To view a complete list of registered sex offenders living in El Paso County, call Dawn Pearson of the Sheriff’s Office at (719) 520-7333 or send an email to dawnpearson@elpasoco.com.

Members of the public can also search for offenders using the Sexual Offender Tracking and Registration portal. Simply select El Paso in the county list to conduct a general search. Alternatively, provide a zip code or street address to see all registered sex offenders living in your neighborhood.

The Sheriff’s Office oversees the county’s correctional facilities and maintains all inmate records. It provides a handy inmate locator on its website to help the public find individuals currently housed in the Criminal Justice Center and the Metro Detention Facility. Use the locator tool to search for inmates by last name or booking number. The addresses of these county jails are:

Criminal Justice Center
2739 East Las Vegas Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: (719) 390-2000
Metro Detention Facility
210 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Court Records

The courts in El Paso County make up the state’s Fourth Judicial District. Case documents from El Paso’s District and County Courts are available on the website of the Colorado Judicial Branch. Visit the El Paso County Docket Search page to find dockets from both courts. Search for case information by case number, party name, and attorney bar number. For further information, contact the Records Center of the Fourth Judicial District by calling (719) 452-5000 or emailing 04SelfHelp@judicial.state.co.us.

To ask research questions, send an email to 04ResearchRequest@judicial.state.co.us. Requests for record searches and copies of court records should also go to this email address. Alternatively, fax copy and search requests to (719) 452-5007 or send them by mail to:

El Paso County Combined Court
270 S Tejon St.
Colorado, CO 80903

Vital Records

The County Clerk and Recorder is the official in charge of maintaining marriage records. Residents of El Paso County can request for copies of marriage/civil union license/certificate from the Office of the County Clerk. Start by downloading a Request for Marriage/Civil Union License Copy or a Request for Marriage/Civil Union License Application Copy as appropriate.

Complete the application and email it to copyrequests@elpasoco.com or fax it to (719) 520-6971. Fees for fax and email requests are payable by credit and debit cards. If you opt for a mail request, send the completed application, along with a check or money order covering the fees, to:

El Paso County Clerk & Recorder
Attn: Copies
P.O. Box 2007
Colorado Springs, CO 80901-2007

The County Clerk’s Office charges 25 cents per license/application. There is an additional $1 fee per document for certified copies. Include a handling fee of $1.25 for copies that are up to 10 pages. Handling fee increases to $2 for records numbering 11 – 20 pages and $2.5 for copies that are more than 20 pages.

El Paso County Public Health is the agency responsible for issuing birth and death certificates for events that happened in the county. It accepts both in-person and mail requests for these records. To make a request, start by downloading a Birth Certificate Application (also available in Spanish) or a Death Certificate Application (Spanish). Complete this form and bring or mail it to:

Vital Records
1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road
Suite 2044
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

This office opens to the public from Monday to Friday between 7:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Include a check, money order, or credit card information in a mail request. El Paso County Public Health charges $20 for the first copy of a birth or death certificate and $13 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time.