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Fort Collins Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Fort Collins Public Records?

Fort Collins public records refer to all collated and documented information concerning the government businesses within the city, which are open for public inspection or duplication. These are government-generated records that do not contain confidential information and do not have statutory limitations such as:

  • Personnel files
  • Private or sensitive personal identifying data
  • Information on security arrangements and investigations
  • Information provided in confidence
  • Medical records or mental health reports
  • Privilege information and trade secrets

Fort Collins Crime Statistics

The 2018 FBI UCR statistics reveal that the City of Fort Collins recorded 392 violent crimes and 3,701 property crimes. Violent crimes consisted of 322 aggravated assaults, 39 robberies, 28 rapes, and three murders, the least recurring crime in that year. On the other hand, property crimes consisted of 13 arsons, 181 motor vehicle thefts, 357 burglaries, and 3,163 larceny-thefts, the crimes with the highest number of incidents.

Are Fort Collins Criminal Records Public?

According to the Colorado Open Records Act, members of the public may review and obtain copies of Fort Collins criminal records upon requests to record custodians. However, some records such as juvenile records, warrant information, and sealed records are not publicly accessible. Individuals may obtain criminal history record information by conducting background checks through the Fort Collins Police Department, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, or the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Fort Collins Police Department provides access to collated information and reports in accordance with the Colorado Open Records Act. Not all police reports are public, and disclosure may depend on the requester's involvement or legitimate interest in the documents. Individuals may obtain Fort Collins arrest records, case/incident reports, accident reports, or other documents via mail, email, fax, or in person.

For in-person requests, visit the Records Unit of the Fort Collins Police Department located at 2221 South Timberline Road, Fort Collins, on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For mail, faxed, or email requests, interested persons should download the records request form, fill the required fields with factual information, and send the completed form to:

Fort Collins Police Services Records,
P.O. Box 580,
Fort Collins, CO 80522
Fax: (970) 221-6284
Email: policerecordsrequest@fcgov.com

For additional information, call (970) 221-6540. Individuals should note that arrest records and police reports may be obtainable from the Larimer County Sheriff and Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Fort Collins

Members of the public may obtain information on sex offenders residing in the city from the Fort Collins Police Department, Larimer County Sheriff, or Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Individuals may access this information online through the CBI sex offender registry by using the search tool to find offenders by map location, name, city, zip code, conviction levels, and county.

Results may include a listing of possible matches, including each offender's mugshot, full name, address, birth date, and offender designation. Clicking on an offender's name will redirect users to the full profile page, which will provide available details on physical descriptions, body markings, conviction information, aliases, and so on. Furthermore, individuals may download an index of the top 100 sex fugitives on the site or register for a free-subscription notification service.

How to Find Fort Collins Inmate Records

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office oversees the operations and recordings of detention facilities located in Fort Collins and other cities under its jurisdiction. Hence, interested persons may obtain inmate information like personal details, booking number, date of arrest, charge description, sentencing information, and bond details by using the simple search tool on the Sheriff’s website. Users can also obtain information on the jail population, transient/homeless booking, and booking reports on the site. For further information, contact the Jail or Sheriff’s Office at:

Larimer County Jail
2405 Midpoint Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970) 498-5200
Fax: (970) 407-9034

Larimer County Sheriff Office
2501 Midpoint Drive,
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970) 498-5100 (Main)
Fax: (970) 498-9203

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Fort Collins Jail?

Individuals who wish to visit inmates in the Larimer County Jail located in Fort Collins City may set appointments at the jail lobby kiosk or online. All visits are through video calls, which may be done remotely or on-site at 2405 Midpoint Drive, Fort Collins. Registered individuals must arrange visits from 24 hours to two weeks in advance at the kiosk or by using the approved third-party sites.

Inmates can only receive one on-site visit appointed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and special visits as approved by the jail administrator. For remote video calls, persons must have an internet-connected personal computer with a microphone and webcam. All visitors who wish to use the jail's video visitation equipment must check-in at the visitation area at least 10 minutes before the appointed time, present government-issued picture identification, undergo screening/search and comply with the jail's visitation rules, which include:

  • A legal guardian or parent must accompany visitors under 18 years of age.
  • Children under five must remain seated on the adult's lap throughout the session.
  • The jail staff may change schedules at their discretion or deny visits from persons with outstanding warrants.
  • Only identification cards and vehicle keys are permitted in the visitation area. Food, drinks, money, electronic devices, and other personal items are forbidden.
  • Visitors must remain seated throughout the visit.
  • All visits are subject to recording and monitoring.
  • Vulgar language, nudity, and sexually explicit activities are forbidden.

The days for on-site video visits are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. However, the schedule depends on the inmate’s last name. For instance, visits to inmates with surname initials from A to M are on Tuesdays, while N to Z are on Wednesdays. Individuals should visit the inmate visitation page or call (970) 498-5200 for additional information.

Court Records

Fort Collins court records are court-generated documents of any format that contain information on civil proceedings, criminal cases, sworn statements, and other administrative actions that happen in courts located in the city. Examples of these records include transcripts, online dockets, audio/videotapes, paper case files, and so on.

Locations of Courts in Fort Collins

Larimer County District Court
Larimer County Justice Center
201 Laporte Avenue,
Suite 100,
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: (970) 494-3500
Fax: (970) 494-3580

County Court of Larimer County - Fort Collins
Larimer County Justice Center
201 Laporte Avenue,
Suite 100,
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: (970) 494-3500
Fax: (970) 494-3580

Fort Collins Municipal Court
215 North Mason Street,
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 221-6800
Fax: (970) 221-6867

Are Fort Collins Court Records Public?

No, not all Fort Collins court records are public as there are some restrictions on the disclosure of certain records or information to members of the public. According to the Colorado Open Records Act, courts may redact or limit the accessibility of confidential information, sections, or documents like:

  • Addresses, contact details, and financial information of individuals
  • Certain military records
  • Information subject to attorney-client privilege
  • Medical, mental health, or sociological reports
  • Personnel files
  • Records of juvenile cases
  • Trade secrets
  • Victim and witness information
  • Other information or records that may be injurious to the health and safety of an individual

Can You Look Up a Fort Collins Court Case Online?

Online access to information concerning court cases that happened in Fort Collins may be possible through the court docket search tool on the Colorado Judicial Branch website. Individuals may look-up upcoming court cases on the Court Docket Search Page by using the case number, court division, location, date, party name, or attorney’s bar number. Individuals may also use these details to make online requests for specific information on case disposition, court orders, or more. Fees may apply.

Note: Information on probate, juvenile, or suppressed cases may require individuals to provide government-issued identification.

How to Obtain Fort Collins Civil Court Case Records

Online access to information concerning civil court cases that happened in Fort Collins may be possible through the court docket search tool on the Colorado Judicial Branch website. Individuals may look-up upcoming court cases on the Court Docket Search Page by using the case number, court division, location, date, party name, or attorney's bar number.

These details may also be used to make online, in-person, or mailed requests for specific information on civil case disposition, court orders, or more. The court will require requesters to pay actual fees to search or obtain certified or uncertified copies of the document or even provide government-issued identification before accessing restricted information on probate, juvenile, or suppressed cases.

For cases that happened in the District or County Court, direct requests to the Larimer County Justice Center at 201 Laporte Avenue, Suite 100. However, for cases that took place in the District or County Court, direct requests to the courthouse at 215 North Mason Street, Fort Collins.

How to Obtain Fort Collins Criminal Court Records

Online access to information concerning criminal court cases that happened in Fort Collins may be possible through the court docket search tool on the Colorado Judicial Branch website. Individuals may look-up upcoming court cases on the Court Docket Search Page by using the case number, court division, location, date, party name, or attorney's bar number.

These details may also be used to make online, in-person, or mailed requests for specific information on civil case disposition, court orders, or more. The court will require requesters to pay actual fees to search or obtain certified or uncertified copies of the document or even provide government-issued identification before accessing restricted information on probate, juvenile, or suppressed cases.

For cases that happened in the District or County Court, direct requests to the Larimer County Justice Center at 201 Laporte Avenue, Suite 100. However, for cases that took place in the District or County Court, direct requests to the courthouse at 215 North Mason Street, Fort Collins.

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are Fort Collins Vital Records?

Fort Collins vital records refer to official documents that summarize or certify life events that happened to city residents. These include marriage licenses, divorce decrees, birth certificates, death records, and other related documents. Most vital records are obtainable from the county or state-run departments and often limited to eligible requesters with proof of direct claims or relationship with the record subject.

Where and How to Obtain Fort Collins Divorce Records

Fort Collins divorce records are available at the District Court where the case was finalized. However, only individuals with legitimate claims or direct relations may obtain certified copies of the divorce decree. Eligible individuals include the divorce party, close relatives of the divorcees, legal representatives, insurance companies, and other authorized persons with tangible claims/proof.

Qualified persons may obtain copies of Fort Collins divorce certificates by making online, mailed, or in-person requests at the Larimer County Justice Center at 201 Laporte Avenue, Suite 100, Fort Collins. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also issues certified verification letters on divorces indexed from 1851 to 1939 and 1968 till the present. Members of the public can obtain this by submitting or mailing filled application forms, fees, and photocopy of application forms to:

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

The department charges $17 for the search and first copy of the letter, $10 per additional copy, and $1 per year of search if the divorce date is unknown. Pay fees with credit cards, check, or money order made payable to the Vital Records Section.

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Fort Collins

Fort Collins marriage records are available at the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder office where the license was issued. However, these documents are mostly confidential and available to individuals with legitimate claims or direct relations with the record subject. Eligible persons may request certified copies of Fort Collins marriage certificates in person, via mail, or phone call. For in-person request, visit the local office at 200 West Oak Street, 1st Floor, Citizen Information Center, and provide:

  • Valid identification
  • Payment of $1.25 per certified copy and $0.25 per regular copy
  • Spouses full names
  • Date of ceremony
  • Reception number of license

Similarly, individuals should provide these requirements when making mailed or phone requests to:

Larimer County Clerk and Recorder
Attn: Copies
P.O. Box 1280
Fort Collins, CO 80522
Phone: (970) 498-7860

Where and How to Get Public Fort Collins Marriage Records

Fort Collins marriage records are available at the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder office where the license was issued. These documents are mostly confidential and available to individuals with legitimate claims or direct relations with the record subject. However, individuals may view available records of marriages that occurred before 1960 for genealogical and statistical purposes. Visit the local office at 200 West Oak Street, 1st Floor, Citizen Information Center send mailed requests to:

Larimer County Clerk and Recorder
Attn: Copies
P.O. Box 1280
Fort Collins, CO 80522
Phone: (970) 498-7860

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also issues certified verification letters on marriages indexed from 1851 to 1939 and 1968 till the present. Members of the public can obtain this by submitting or mailing filled application forms, fees, and photocopy of application forms to:

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

The department charges $17 for the search and first copy of the letter, $10 per additional copy, and $1 per year of search if the marriage date is unknown. Pay fees with credit cards, check, or money order made payable to the Vital Records Section.

Note: Verification letters are not the same as Fort Collins marriage certificates.

Where and How to Find Fort Collins Birth Records

Fort Collins birth records since 1900 are available at the Larimer County Vital Records Office. However, these documents are mostly confidential and available to individuals with legitimate claims or direct relations with the record subject. Eligible persons may request certified copies of Fort Collins birth certificates in person or via mail. For in-person request, visit the local office at 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, and provide:

  • Valid picture identification or court order
  • Payment of $20 for the search and first copy with an additional $13 for each extra copy
  • Record/event description
  • Personal information

Similarly, individuals should provide these requirements when mailing application forms to:

Larimer County Vital Records
1525 Blue Spruce Drive,
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 498-6710

Where and How to Find Fort Collins Death Records

Fort Collins death records are available at the Larimer County Vital Records Office. However, these documents are mostly confidential and available to individuals with legitimate claims or direct relations with the record subject. Eligible persons may request certified copies of Fort Collins death certificates in person or via mail. For in-person request, visit the local office at 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, and provide:

  • Valid picture identification or court order
  • Payment of $20 for the search and first copy with an additional $13 for each extra copy
  • Record/event description
  • Personal information

Similarly, individuals should provide these requirements when mailing application forms (Spanish) to:

Larimer County Vital Records
1525 Blue Spruce Drive,
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 498-6710