Unless you are an immediate relative, you won't be able to acquire any Colorado birth records for anyone other than yourself until 50 years have passed since the birth and the person on the certificate has died. For more recent records, you will have to be a parent, sibling, child or grandchild, or a spouse. Proof of this relationship is required when you send in your application.
For records over 50 years old, you do still need to be related but farther relations are accepted (cousins etc). You will also have to include a copy of their death certificate when you apply. If you can get a notarized release form from someone in the immediate family, you can get around these restrictions and your resulting form will be marked clearly "For genealogical use only".
If you are eligible to get a Colorado birth record, you can either apply through the county office where the birth happened or directly from the state department of public health. The main office's address is: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - Vital Records Section, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, HSVRD-VR-A1 Denver CO, 80246-1530 USA. You can either mail your application or visit in person. You can usually get "while you wait" service if you go to the office before 4:30pm.
The fee for a Colorado birth record will cost you $17.75 USD and there is an additional fee ($9) if you choose to fax your order or use the online request form. The fees may change so check the details on your application form. You can download the form from the CDPHE (http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/certs/bicert.pdf). They will take your credit card information or you can send a check made out to Vital Records. If they are unable to find the record you are looking for, you will get an "unable to find" notice and no refund.
Along with the form, you will need to provide a copy of your own government-issued identification (make sure its a clear and readable copy), along with any other documents required. You will also need the pertinent details about the person you are searching about, including their name, place and date of birth, parent's names and their death date (if you are not an immediate relative).
Mailed in applications can take up to 3 weeks to get mailed back to you, but faxed or online requests are usually shipped out in less than a week.
The majority of the Colorado birth records available will be from 1907 to the present, though some areas were recording births as early as 1883. For records pre-1907, you will get the best results if you contact the county directly. For the really early information, you can do some free searching at the Colorado State Archives. They have microfilm index records of births between 1863 and 1899, but they are not available online.
Most records will include the child's name, race, sex as well as the date and place of birth. Parent's names, doctor's name and parent's current residence is also typical.
To order Colorado birth certificates, you will need to do the following:
Download the Colorado Birth Certificate form and complete in its entirety.
Obtain a photocopy of your driver's license or other government-issued picture ID.
Return the completed application and payment of $17.75. Check or money order is accepted along with credit card orders. Credit card orders and those placed by fax and internet will be subject to an additional $9 fee.
For additional information on how to access Colorado birth records, you can contact the Department below:
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Vital Records Section HSVR-VR-A1
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
How to Access Colorado Birth Records
If you need to access Colorado birth records, they can be obtained through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Department provides standard and heirloom quality Colorado birth records to those who can demonstrate a tangible interest in the record.
Ordering Birth Certificates
Birth certificates can be requested from the Department by visiting in person or making a request by phone, fax, or online. An additional convenience fee will be added to phone, fax, and internet orders.
Restrictions to Accessing Birth Records
To be able to access Colorado birth records, you have to be able to show tangible interest in the record. Access is generally limited to the person named on the record, the parents, and those with direct legal access.