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Colorado Springs Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Colorado Springs Public Records?

The CORA describes Colorado public records as documents created, kept, or maintained by the state, related institutions, nonprofit corporations, political subdivisions, and local-government-financed entities. Colorado Springs public records include records used by these entities in carrying out their functions as authorized or required by Colorado law. Public records also include all writings, photographs, and tapes, in whatever form or characteristic, including electronic data and email messages. While most records are public, note that the following may be inaccessible by the general public:

  • Crime victim compensation information
  • Medical and mental health records
  • Details of investigations or other intelligence or security information from a law enforcement agency or a prosecuting attorney
  • Real estate appraisals created for a state or a political subdivision
  • Details of state-run research projects
  • Security arrangements
  • Cyber design, engineering, and vulnerability details
  • Emergency response plans

Colorado Springs Crime Statistics

The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) provides statistics on crime rates in the city. The CSPD's information includes general crime data and specifics on certain offenses. According to 2018 statistics, the CSPD recorded a total of 41,607 case reports, including 18,580 arrests. With 11,947 cases, larceny-theft was the most common property crime committed. There also were 1,671 aggravated assaults, the highest number of person crimes in Colorado Springs. Compared to 2017, rape, motor vehicle thefts, and arson all increased by 23.3%, 20%, and 29.9%, respectively. On the other hand, human trafficking/involuntary servitude reduced by 50%, while human trafficking/commercial sex acts dropped by 72.7%.

Are Colorado Springs Criminal Records Public?

In Colorado Springs, criminal records are public records accessible to all interested parties. However, all or part of a record may be inaccessible under law or as directed by a court order. For instance, any information that may identify a sexual assault victim must be redacted from a public record before issuance. It is also unlawful for anyone to request a criminal record to solicit business or other financial gains. Furthermore, requestors may not obtain a booking photograph knowing that the photograph will be published in any way or posted to a website.

How to Obtain Colorado Springs Police Reports and Arrest Records?

Public Colorado Springs records created or maintained by the CSPD are available through its Records Request Unit. An interested party may submit an online request by first creating an account, or submit a request by mail. Each record costs $7.50 for the first five pages and 25 cents for each additional page. Online fees are only payable using cards from Visa or MasterCard. For a mail request, fill the Record Request Form and enclose a check or money order for the applicable fee, payable to "The City of Colorado Springs." Interested persons may send the enclosed documents to the CSPD or physically deliver the documents to:

Colorado Springs Police Department
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 444-7000

Alternatively, requestors may obtain statewide criminal records from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs Police Department provides online access to the city's sex-offender information. Using the database, anyone may search by the offender's name, gender, address, and the arresting police department if known. Note that the database does not contain certain types of sexual misdemeanors according to state law. It also does not include information on juvenile offenders.

Statewide sex offender information is also available through the searchable online registry provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Parties may also use the statewide map search to find information on sex offenders. The registry and map search results provide each offender's full name and all known aliases, address, county, physical description, conviction information, and a booking photograph.

How to Find Colorado Springs Inmate Records

The CSPD does not provide its own registry of inmates in the city. Instead, interested persons may use the search tool provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to find Colorado Springs inmate records by the offenders' last names or booking numbers. The search results display the inmate's full name, date of birth, physical description, charge information, and current location.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in the El Paso County Jail?

Inmates may receive visitors every day, from 8:00 am to 1:45 pm, and from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. All visitors must schedule their visits two days before the visitation day by calling (719) 390-2373. While scheduling, the visitor must provide the inmate's name, visitor's personal information including biodata and relationship to the inmate, the preferred visitation time, and the names of other visitors that will be present. Note that the limit for on-site visitation is three people. Visitors may also schedule video visitations.

While inmates may receive visitors on any day, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office enforces a daily and weekly maximum visitation limit for each inmate depending on the inmate's ward. Except accompanied by an adult, each visitor must be at least 18 years old and present valid government-issued identification. The identification must clearly show the visitor's full name, date of birth, and a photo. Late arrivals will only have the rest of the earlier scheduled time, as the El Paso County Sheriff's Office will not adjust visitation times.

Court Records

Colorado Springs has a Municipal Court that exercises jurisdiction over violations of city ordinances and city charter provisions. The Colorado Springs Municipal Court also hears traffic and criminal violations. The El Paso County Combined Courts also seats in Colorado Springs. The court hears a variety of cases, including criminal offenses. The court also houses problem-solving courts. These include:

The courts are located at:

Colorado Springs Municipal Court
224 East Kiowa Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 385-5922

El Paso County Combined Courts
El Paso County Judicial Building
270 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 452-5000

Are Colorado Springs Court Records Public?

Under Colorado law, Colorado Springs court records are open to the general public. Anyone may request a copy of any Colorado Springs court record. However, certain exceptions may prevent public disclosure of specific records. For instance, records that contain sensitive information, sealed records, and records ordered confidential by court order may be exempt from public access. In addition to these, the following court records are not accessible by the public, except a court order states otherwise:

  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Dependency and neglect
  • Adoption
  • Mental health
  • Truancy
  • Paternity
  • Certain probate proceedings

Can You Look Up a Colorado Springs Court Case Online?

The El Paso County Combined Courts provide online access to court records via a docket search. Requestors should provide as much information as may be available on the desired cases. These include the party's full name or company name, case number, attorney bar number, and a specified date range.

How to Obtain Colorado Springs Court Case Records

Interested persons may make requests for court records to the El Paso County Combined Courts. To access a record, download and fill the record request form with information on the case record, including a case number, name of parties, and other available information. If a specific case number is unavailable, provide the full name, date of birth, and any additional information to be searched. The requestor must also include a name and personal contact details such as a full mailing address, daytime telephone number, fax number, and email address. After sending a request, the requestor will receive a notice of fees to be paid by check or money order. Requestors may indicate records to be certified. However, the court will not send a certified record to a third-party. Interested parties may send record request forms by mail, fax, or email, using the following details:

Research Department
El Paso County Combined Court
270 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Email: 04ResearchRequest@judicial.state.co.us
Fax: (719) 452-5007

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What are Colorado Springs Vital Records?

Colorado Springs vital records include details of major life events of persons in the city. These events include birth, marriage, death, and divorce. Examples of vital records include birth certificates, marriage licenses, marriage certificates, death certificates, and divorce decrees. Under Colorado law, these records are unavailable to the general public. Vital records are only accessible by eligible persons that can prove a direct and tangible interest in the record.

Where and How to Obtain Colorado Springs Divorce Records

Colorado Springs divorce records are only available from the El Paso County Combined Courts. These records may be requested by persons that can prove a direct and tangible interest in the record. Eligible persons may send requests and proof of relationship with the person named on the record to:

El Paso County Combined Courts
El Paso County Judicial Building
270 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 452-5000

Where and How to Get Confidential Colorado Springs Marriage Records

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder provides Colorado Springs marriage records to all eligible requestors. Requestors must provide information on the desired record, as well as personal contact information. Interested persons must contact the Clerk and Recorder for details on accessing available records using the following information:

El Paso County Clerk and Recorder
1675 West Garden of the Gods Road
Suite 2201
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 520-6202
P.O. Box 2007
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder also provides a searchable online database for marriage records. To search, provide the names of both parties, application license number, certificate number, application date range, marriage date range, and recorded date range. Note that this database only contains records for marriages recorded since 05/01/1991. Use the Official Public Records (OPR) Search to find earlier records.

Where and How to Find Colorado Springs Birth Records?

Colorado Springs birth records are available with the El Paso County Public Health Department. Eligible parties may access certified copies of birth certificates by requesting in person or by mail. Colorado Springs birth records are only available to the following people:

  • The person named on the record
  • Current spouse
  • Ex-spouse (must provide proof of direct and tangible interest, such as insurance policy documents. Marriage certificate is unacceptable)
  • Parent or co-parent
  • Grandparents and great-grandparents
  • Siblings and half-siblings
  • Legal representative
  • Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren
  • Attorney-in-fact or another agent with power of attorney
  • A genealogist with a notarized and signed release from an immediate family member. The request must include the family member's proof of relationship with the person named on the record
  • In-law, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins. These persons may only access a birth record if over 50 years old, and the person is deceased

To request, download, and complete the birth certificate application form, which is also available in Spanish. Completing the form requires information on the person named on the record, including a full name, date and place of birth, parents' full names, and whether the person is deceased. The form also requires the requestor's full name, contact information, and a relationship to the person named on the record.

Each requestor must include a copy of a current passport, current driver's license, state identification, or other applicable identification as listed on the form. The first certificate costs $20, and each extra certificate of the same record costs $13 if ordered at the same time. Applicable fees are payable by check or money order made out to Vital Records. Requestors may also pay by sending credit card information. Note that the credit card details must match details on the identification. Mail the completed form and required documents to:

Vital Records
1675 West Garden of the Gods Road
Suite 2044
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 578-3199
Email (Enquiries only): healthinfo@elpasoco.com

Where and How to Find Colorado Springs Death Records

The El Paso County Public Health Department provides Colorado Spring death records to eligible persons who may request via mail or visit the vital records department. Persons authorized to access certified copies of death certificates include:

  • Current spouse is listed on the death certificate
  • Ex-spouse with proof of direct and tangible interest
  • Parent listed on the certificate
  • Shared parent only for social security or passport reasons
  • Stepparent with a marriage certificate that proves relationship with a parent listed on the death certificate
  • Grandparent or great-grandparent with a birth certificate proving the relationship
  • Sibling or half-sibling with a birth certificate with at least one parent that is also listed on the death certificate
  • Legal representative, paralegal, attorney-in-fact with proof
  • Other parties such as beneficiaries, employers, probate researchers, creditors, and insurance companies. These parties must provide proof of direct and tangible interest.

The requestor must download and complete a death certificate application form (also available in Spanish). The first copy of a death certificate costs $20, while each additional copy of the same order costs $13. Enclose the completed form with the applicable proof of relationship with the person named on the record and valid identification. Include credit card information that matches the identification, check, or money order payable to Vital Records. Send enclosed documents to the vital records department.