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Are Colorado Vital Records Open to the Public?

In compliance with the Colorado Revised Statutes, vital records such as marriage records, divorce records, birth records, death records, adoption records, as well as other records of life events are available to eligible persons with a direct relationship to the person named on the record.

What Information Do I Need to Search for Colorado Vital Records Online?

Requesters who wish to find a record must know the basic facts associated with the record such as:

  • The name of the parties to the record
  • The reason for record request
  • The date the event occured
  • The place (county/city/town/village) the event occured
  • Positive proof of identification

Publicly available vital records may be managed and disseminated by some third-party aggregate sites. These websites are generally not being limited by geographical record availability and may serve as an adequate starting point when researching specific or multiple records. However, third-party sites are not government-sponsored. As such, record availability may differ from official channels. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, the requesting party will be required to provide:

  • The location of the record in question including city, county, or state where the case was filed.
  • The name of someone involved provided it is not a juvenile.


What Do I Need to Obtain Colorado Vital Records?

Pursuant to the § C.R.S. 25-2-117, all vital records requests in the state of Colorado must be accompanied by a primary or two secondary proof of identification. Eligible persons include the named person on the record, the immediate family members (excluding uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, inlaws), the legal representatives, and persons authorized by a certified court order. Additional security documents needed depends on the established relationship of the requester to the person(s) named on the record. For instance, individuals requesting the birth certificate of their spouses must provide proof of marriage i.e the marriage certificate along with the government-issued ID. An attorney must provide a notarized durable power of attorney signed by the client in question.


What’s the difference between a Certified record and Authenticated Certificate?

In the state of Colorado, all vital records are issued as certified copies. Certified copies can be used to establish identity within the state. However, where the records are intended to be used in a foreign country, an authenticated record signed and sealed by the Secretary of the State becomes mandatory.

Are Colorado Marriage Records Public Information?

Marriage records are considered private and confidential in Colorado. However, available records of marriages documented prior to 1960 can be viewed by anyone for statistical and genealogical purposes. Genealogical researchers are required to note that most marriage records in the state do not include the names of the parents/custodial parent of the couple.


How Do I Find Marriage Records In Colorado?

Colorado marriage can be obtained online via third party researchers*, in person, or by mailing the Office of the County Clerk and Recorder where the license was issued. Before physically visiting the office location, requesters are generally advised to secure an appointment by contacting the specific office of interest beforehand. To successfully obtain marriage records via the various available methods, the requesting party must provide the basic information about the record as well as a government issued ID supporting eligibility.

The basic information needed include:

  • The names of the parties involved
  • The date of marriage
  • County of issuance
  • Names of witnesses (if applicable)

*Third party research companies are not government-sponsored and because Colorado maintains a closed record, availability may vary.

Are Colorado Divorce Records Public Information?

Old divorce records may be available for genealogical and statistical purposes. Typically, the various district court clerks are responsible for generating and maintaining divorce records in the state of Colorado.


How Do I Find Divorce Records In Colorado?

Persons looking for divorce records may utilize the following options:

  • The online option provided by some district courts and some third-party researchers
  • By physically visiting the courthouse in person
  • By sending a mail in request

The information needed to maximally explore the featured channels include:

  • Names of the parties involved
  • Case number
  • Approximate date of filing
  • A government-issued ID supporting eligibility
  • Applicable fees

Interested persons are required to contact the appropriate clerk before visiting the courthouse. Fee schedule varies among judicial districts and must be fully covered before a record request is processed. The districts that offer the mail in options may be required that a written request containing sufficient information be sent to their respective location. Some clerks may provide an application form for this purpose.

Are Colorado Birth Records Public Information?

Birth records are generally limited to authorized individuals such as owners of the records, their immediate family members, legal representatives, and persons with a court order authorizing access. Birth records issued from 1905 to present are available at the Local Health Districts located in each county in the state.


How Do I Find Birth Records In Colorado?

In addition to online research methods, birth records in the state of Colorado can be obtained in person, by mail, or by phone ( where applicable). To obtain a record in person or by mail, the requesting party must provide a completed birth records request form with appropriate proof of identification.

Are Colorado Death Records Public Information?

Death records in the State of Colorado are not public information and thus are not available for anonymous searches. Eligible persons include the deceased immediate family members, their funeral home, legal representatives, and persons with a certified court order. Death records from 1964 to present are available at the Local Health Districts located in each county in the state.


How Do I Find Death Records In Colorado?

Death records can be obtained online, in person, by mail, or by phone ( if applicable).

To obtain a record in person or by mail, the requesting party must provide a completed death records request form with appropriate proof of identification. (For instance, see Denver County Death Record Application Form). The standard fee schedule is the same with birth records -- $20 for the first copy and $13 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time.

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Colorado?

Vital records including marriage records, divorce records, birth records, and death records are deemed private and confidential. As such, they are sealed and unavailable for public inspection. Persons who wish to access these records may do so by petitioning a state-licensed judge with substantial reasons beyond doubt. If legally satisfactory, the judge will issue a court order authorizing the requester’s access to the particular record in question.

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Built in 1877, the Hinsdale County Courthouse in Lake City houses judicial officials and proceedings are conducted here.