Colorado Public Records
Title 24, Article 72 of the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) creates a standard for public access to government documents. These documents constitute public records, and can include books and papers, as well as tape recordings, maps, electronic mail, photographs, and receipts. Some exceptions to the open access laws include police records, trade secrets, donations to institutions, or information that would pose a security risk to the public or government.
To get started, try the statewide CO databases listed below. You can branch out to other resources not shown on this page by clicking on the tools displayed on the left.
- Court System - There are five levels in the Colorado court system. At the first level are the Municipal Courts that handle violations of city & town ordinances. At the second level are County Courts, responsible for misdemeanors, traffic infractions, felony complaints, protection orders, civil cases under $15,000, and small claims. At the third level are District Courts, responsible for civil cases of any amount, domestic relations, criminal, juvenile, probate, & mental health cases. Next is the Court of Appeals, which reviews decisions from lower courts. At the top is the Supreme Court, which handles appeals from the Court of Appeals and sometimes, lower courts. Colorado also has 7 Water Courts to oversee water rights cases. Denver County has its own Juvenile Court and Probate Court. Colorado Court Records
- Criminal Records - Some misdemeanors and infractions are handled at the Municipal Court level. Other misdemeanors, traffic infractions, DWI/DUI cases, felony complaints, and protection orders are handled at the County Court level. Felony, domestic relations, and juvenile cases are handled at the District Court level. Juvenile cases in Denver County are handled by the Denver Juvenile Court. To find out how to perform and request criminal searches, go to our Colorado Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Birth & death certificates are provided by: Vital Records Office, Colorado Dept of Health, 4300 Cherry Creek Dr South, HSVRD-VS-A1, Denver, CO 80246-1530, (303) 692-2224 General, (303) 756-4464 Information, Fax: (800) 423-1108. Marriage & divorce certificates are available from the Clerk of District Court (in the district where the event occurred). Visit our Vital Records page for Colorado, which has birth indexes in Kit Carson, Pitkin, and Weld Counties; the Social Security Death Index for Colorado, and available city & county databases for deaths, burials, obituaries, and cemeteries; city & county marriage databases (many are historical); and historical divorce databases from available counties in Colorado.
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Search the Colorado State Archives for business, miltary, school, legislative, corrections, and census records.
|Clerks and Recorders |
Browse the Colorado roster of County Clerks and Recorders by county name. Provides Clerk and Recorder names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. List offered in English or Spanish in PDF format.
|Company Search |
Search the Colorado Secretary of State for Colorado corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, trade names, and trademarks by name, trade name, trademark, registered agent, name reservation holder, or trademark registrant.
|Court Records - U.S. District PACER Bankruptcy Pay Site|
U.S. District Court of Colorado. Register with the fee-based PACER system to search for Federal bankruptcy court records by case number, name, SSN/Tax ID, or case type. Provides dockets and documents.
|Court Records | U.S. District PACER Pay Site|
Register with the PACER system to search the U.S. District Court of Colorado PACER system for Federal civil & criminal court records. Small fee for each search.
|Court Rules |
Browse the Colorado Court Rules by Rule and Chapter or search by number, keyword, or phrase.
The CO Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics has determined it advisable to treat divorce records as confidential. This site provides info on eligibility documentation requirements for searching the records or obtaining a document copy.
The CO Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics has determined it advisable to treat marriage records as confidential. This site provides info on eligibility documentation requirements for searching the records or obtaining a certificate.
|Most Wanted - Inmate Escapees |
Browse the Department of Corrections list of recently escaped Colorado criminals. Gives picture, date escaped, vital statistics, and numbers to call if sighted.
|Registered Offenders |
Search Colorado Bureau of Investigation records for registered offenders, violent predators, offenders who have failed to register, and offenders with multiple offenses.
Browse Colorado statutes by title, article, and section, or search by number, keyword, or phrase. Provides full text of statute.
|Unclaimed Property |
Colorado State Treasurer "Payback" service for unclaimed property. Search by personal or business name. Provides names information and what to do if you are on the list. Or use the service to check on the status of a claim.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search for unclaimed property in Colorado by name of owner (individual or business). Gives names of people that have unclaimed property, as well as information on what to do if you are on the list. Claim can be submitted online.
|Uniform Commercial Code Filings |
Search for UCC filings, lien records, and other Colorado public information databases. Blank UCC forms are also available for download.
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|Agricultural Directory |
Search Colorado agricultural directory by company, product, category, contact, and/or county to view corresponding info, address, phone, fax, e-mail and Website.
|Campaign Finance |
Use these Colorado Secretary of State Campaign Finance databases for candidate detail information, committee reports, expenditures, registered agents, contributions, race histories, and filings.
|Census - Federal 1870 |
Browse the Colorado State Archives Federal 1870 Colorado Census alphabetical name index. Provides name, county, district, page, line, and film number.
|Charitable Solicitations |
Search the Colorado Secretary of State Charitable Solicitations database for registered charitable organizations (current and past), along with paid solicitors, and professional fundraising consultants.
|Civil War Veterans |
Browse by name for Colorado Civil War Veterans. "This Transcript of Records is a compilation of the military records for the Colorado Volunteers from 1861-1865" and is provided by the Colorado State Archives.
Browse the Colorado Constitution by article, and section, or search by number, keyword, or phrase. Provides full text of Constitution.
|County Codes |
Gives links to municipal codes and development codes for Colorado counties
|Court Dockets |
Select a county and then click on "Dockets" in the left-hand column to search Judicial District for Colorado County Court and District Court dockets.
|Court Records | BIS Pay Site|
The Colorado Judicial Branch recommends this Background Information Services (BIS) service to search for court records in all Colorado counties. Requires signup and search fees.
|Court Records | CoCourts.com Pay Site|
The Colorado Judicial Branch recommends this CoCourts.com service to search for court records in all Colorado counties. Requires signup and search fees.
|Delinquent Taxpayers |
Browse this list provided by the Colorado Department of Revenue of delinquent taxpayers (individuals or businesses) who have owed more than $20,000 for longer than six months or search by name.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Colorado for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. For common names, you can also narrow on filings in a single city.
|Film Locations |
Search the Colorado Film Commission database of available filming locations by key phrase to view information including photos, location name/description/atlas coordinates, contacts and other details.
|Film Production Companies |
Provided by: Colorado Film Production Resource Guide. Browse by Category to view company name, city, contact, phone, fax, e-mail and services offered.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Colorado instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
Use this Colorado Department of Corrections service to search for currently incarcerated offenders by DOC number, date of birth, name, and/or gender.
|Inmates - Death Row |
The State of Colorado provides this roster of its death row inmates awaiting execution, with information including name, photo, DOB, DOC # and conviction details.
Search for current Colorado bills by number or full text. Gives title, sponsors, history, fiscal note, fiscal analysis, committee reports, votes, and full text of bill both before and after amendments.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business |
Search for Colorado state professional and business licenses, including those for attorneys, physicians, CPAs, real estate brokers, real estate salespersons, contractors, banking institutions, and more.
|Lobbyists - by Employer |
Search the Colorado Secretary of State lobbyist database by employer name and optionally by year. Provides lobbyist ID, name, address, phone, employer information, and disclosure summary. Provides PDF files of manual filings.
|Lobbyists - by Name |
Search the Colorado Secretary of State lobbyist database by name and optionally by year. Provides lobbyist ID, name, address, phone, employer information, and disclosure summary.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Colorado to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Premium Cost Containment Companies |
Browse or search this listing of premium cost containment companies in Colorado to view certification number, name and dates certified/purged.
|Public Utilities Commission Permits |
Search Colorado Public Utilities Commission Permits-- include chartered buses, carriers, hazardous material, interstate exempt, limousines, off-road charters, property carriers, and towing carriers. Search by permit number, name, city, or permit type.
|Recorders Offices |
Use this map of the Colorado directory of County Recorder offices by county.
|Sales Tax Accounts |
Colorado Department of Revenue service. Scroll down to "Other Services" and click on "Verify a Sales Tax License" for verification of Colorado Sales Tax Accounts by sales tax account number.
|State Bar - Find a Lawyer |
Search the membership directory of the Colorado Bar Association by last name, practice area, city, county and/or state to view member information including name, city, county, state, zip, registration number, bar admit dates and law school.
|Storage Tanks |
Search the Colorado Storage Tank Information system by facility, tank, owner or event to view corresponding info, address, ID # and other details.
|Traffic Accident Reports |
Use this TRACview service to purchase a traffic accident report if you were involved in an accident in Colorado. Accounts are available for insurance companies. Law enforcement agencies can apply for free accounts.
|Vietnam War Casualties 1966 & 1968 |
Browse the Colorado State Archives for news releases of "casualties in connection with the conflict in Vietnam" for June - December of 1966 and January - December of 1968.