Colorado Birth Records Search

Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment collects and maintains all Colorado birth records. Colorado started retaining birth records in 1908. They may also have a smattering of records that date back earlier.

Birth records are private until they reach 100 years, then they are public record. Someone other than you requesting a copy must have direct and tangible interest and provide proof of the relationship. Only the following people may gain access to yours: your spouse or domestic partner, your ex-spouse, parents, step-parents, grnadparents, your siblings, children, the adoption agency, a legal representative and government agencies.

When you apply, you will need to bring a valid, photo ID such as:

  • Driver’s license.
  • School ID.
  • Passport.
  • Citizenship ID.
  • Military ID.
  • Jail Temporary Inmate ID.
  • Employment authorization card.

Colorado makes it easy for you to do a birth records search and grab a copy using your name and date of birth.

Types of Colorado Birth Records

Colorado has two types of birth records that you can request. Each has a specific purpose.

  • Official Certified Copy - an official certified copy of your birth certificate is legal to use to validate your identity when joining a school, the military or getting a passport or driver’s license.
  • Heirloom Copy - this is a decorative keepsake copy only and not to be used for any government or official use.

Colorado also offers specialty services such as changing birth certificates, delayed registration of a birth, adding a second parent or change of gender. You may contact their office to learn more about these services.

Colorado Population

As of 2018, Colorado’s population is just about 5.7 million, which represents a rise in population of 8.5% since the last census data was collected. Colorado has a 1.85% annual growth rate making it the 2nd fastest growing state in the country.

Colorado is a massive state with a surface area of 104,094 square miles. Although it is the eighth largest state in the nation, it is somewhat sparsely populated. Due to the harsh terrain, there are only 52 people per square mile making Colorado the 37th state in population density ranking. Only part of Colorado was acquired during the Louisiana Purchase. It was made a territory in 1861.

State Population
1 birth every 474 seconds

1 death every 711 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are less women than men in Colorado. The total population of Colorado is estimated at 5,530,105 people with 2,781,404 male and 2,748,701 female. There are 32,703 less more women than men in the state, which is 49.70% of the total population.

The Colorado Gender Ratio is 101 men to 100 women (99:100) or 1.01. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Colorado Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 11.83 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 66,613 total births — the lowest in Colorado history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 66,613, 1.69% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Colorado

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Colorado Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Colorado
Michigan - 11.30Nebraska - 13.93
Vermont - 9.35Kentucky - 13.09
Arizona - 11.68Texas - 14.03
Montana - 11.45Alaska - 15.12
Connecticut - 9.29Virginia - 13.30

Top 5 Counties in Colorado with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Colorado with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Colorado with the highest birth rate
Larimer County - 9.93Weld County - 14.60
Douglas County - 10.61Denver County - 14.44
Jefferson County - 10.67El Paso County - 13.79
Pueblo County - 11.40Adams County - 13.39
Mesa County - 11.79Arapahoe County - 12.42

Colorado Fertility Rate

In Colorado the fertility rate based on historical data went from 63.91 to 58.75 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 59.31 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 28.14 to 29.20.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Colorado are Weld - 71.21, El Paso - 67.59 and Mesa - 63.13. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Adams County62.98
Pueblo County61.4
Arapahoe County60.07
Denver County59.67
Jefferson County56.72
Douglas County55.66
Boulder County39.32

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Colorado Birth Certificate

You can perform a Colorado birth record search efficiently in one of four ways: in person, by phone, by mail and online.

If you order by mail, it will take 2-3 weeks. If you want faster service, you can visit them in person at the address below between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. any weekday. Ordering online will take 3-5 business days.

The Department of Public Health and Environment charges $20 for the first copy of your Colorado birth record then $13 for each copy after that. You can order by phone at 866-300-8540 or online using VitalChek.

Colorado Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $17.75
Organization: Vital Records Section; Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Address:4300 Cherry Creek Drive South; HSVRD-VS-A1, Denver, CO 80246-1530
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Colorado Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.