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Order Official Colorado Vital Records Online.

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GoCertificates is your one stop shop for certified copies of Colorado birth certificates and death certificates. We are committed to getting your birth or death certificate quickly and easily. GoCertificates also offers expedited shipping for birth certificates and death certificates.

Requests for Vital events certificates are directed to the appropriate state or local government agency. Request processing is done directly by the appropriate agency, reducing handling time.

ID Requirements | Birth Certificate Requirements | Death Certificate Requirements

Identification Requirements

All applicants must submit a copy of proof of relationship and a copy of an accepted form of identification. (Proof of relationship is not required if you are ordering your own certificate.) After placing your order, you will need to return to GoCertificates.com to upload an image of your identification and proof of relationship. Additionally, at the end of your online application process, you will be required to print, sign, and upload your confirmation page (application summary). Your order will only be processed once a legible copy of identification, proof of relationship, and signed confirmation page are received.

Applicants must provide one form of primary identification or two forms of secondary identification.

Primary Identification: Submit a copy of 1 of the following:

(cannot be expired more than 6 months)

  • Alien Registration Receipt/Permanent Resident Card
  • Jail Temporary Inmate ID: Denver or Pueblo County
  • Colorado Department of Corrections ID card
  • Colorado Department of Human Services Youth Corrections ID
  • Colorado Temporary Driver's License/State ID (must be current)
  • Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • Foreign Passport
  • Government Work ID
  • Job Corps ID
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Card/Book
  • Driver's License/ID Card (DMV - U.S. only)
  • School, University or College ID Card (must be current)
  • Temporary Resident Card
  • U.S. B1/B2 Visa card with I-94
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
  • U.S. Citizenship ID Card (I-197)
  • U.S. Military ID card
  • U.S. Passport Book or Card

OR

Secondary Identification: Submit a copy of 2 of the following:

(Any document expired more than six months will not be accepted)

  • Acknowledgement of Parentage document (Colorado only)
  • Birth certificate of Applicant (U.S. only)
  • Court order for Adoption or Name Change
  • Craft of Trade License (Colorado only)
  • DD-214
  • Divorce Decree (U.S. only)
  • Colorado Gaming License
  • Hospital Birth Worksheet (within 6 months of birth)
  • Colorado Hunting or Fishing License (must be current)
  • Foreign or International Driving License (with photo)
  • IRS-ITIN Card/Letter
  • Marriage License/Certificate (U.S. only)
  • Medicare Card
  • Mexican Voter Regisration Card
  • Motor Vehicle Registration or Title (must be current - U.S. only)
  • Pilot License
  • State, Territorial or Federal Prison or Corrections ID Card
  • Social Security Card
  • Selective Service Card/Letter (U.S. only)
  • Weapon or Gun Permit (U.S. only)
  • Work ID, Paycheck stub (within 3 months), or W2 (last tax year)

The following forms of identification are not accepted

  • Matricula Consular Card
  • Medicaid Card/WIC
  • Souvenir/Hospital birth certificates
  • Novelty ID Card
  • Non-expiring ID cards (unless issued within last 5 years)
  • Out-of-State Temporary Driver's Licenses or Temporary State ID card

If you cannot provide acceptable identification, it is suggested that you ask a spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling or adult child, who can provide appropriate identification, to request the certificate. Proof of relationship is required.

ID Requirements | Birth Certificate Requirements | Death Certificate Requirements

Eligibility Requirements for Birth Certificates

With the exception of applicants who are ordering their own certificate, Colorado Vital Records requires all applicants to submit a copy of proof of relationship. Documents vary depending on the relationship, and are outlined in the table below.

If requesting a birth certificate for a person who is deceased, a copy of the death certificate must also be provided.

Applicant Documents Required for Proof of Relationship
The registrant (person named on certificate) No additional documentation required
Current Spouse Marriage certificate is required – or for common law marriage we can accept notarized affidavit of common law marriage, joint income tax returns, or insurance policies. (In the case of common-law marriage, the document must clearly state: husband & wife)
Ex-Spouse Must present proof of direct & tangible interest. Marriage certificate is not acceptable. (i.e. insurance policy, letter from SSA, etc.)
Parent / Co-Parent Must be listed on birth certificate or death certificate
Stepparent Marriage certificate to a parent listed on birth certificate is required
Legal Guardian Original, certified court order proving custody is required
Grandparents / Great Grandparents Birth certificate(s) proving relationship required. (Cannot accept baptismals, hospital records or school records, unless the customer has a letter from the state of birth stating no record of birth was found)
Siblings / Half Siblings Birth certificate proving at least one same parent required. (Cannot accept baptismals, hospital records or school records, unless the customer has a letter from the state of birth stating no record of birth was found)
Children / Grandchildren / Great Grandchildren Birth certificate(s) proving relationship is required. (Cannot accept baptismals, hospital records or school records, unless the customer has a letter from the state of birth stating no record of birth was found)
Legal Representative / Paralegals Proof of client relationship required, as well as proof of the client’s relationship to the registrant
Consular Corps/Consulate Offices Must present appropriate credentials verifying association with the consulate
Adoption Agencies Certified court order(s) proving custody is required. (May also accept notarized “Special Power of Attorney” document signed by mother and father if listed)
Genealogists Notarized signed release from immediate family member required as well as proof of the family member’s relationship. Certificate will be marked “For Genealogical Use Only”
In-Laws / Aunts / Uncles / Nephews / Nieces / Cousins Only eligible for birth records of deceased relatives that are over 50 years old and must present a copy of the registrant’s death certificate.
Recruiters Birth certificate can only be issued upon a signed release from inductee or with a completed DD372 (birth verification)
Governmental Agencies (SSA, Human Services, etc.) No additional document needed – fee may apply
ID Requirements | Birth Certificate Requirements | Death Certificate Requirements

Eligibility Requirements for Death Certificates

Colorado Vital Records requires all Death Certificate applicants to submit a copy of proof of relationship. Documents vary depending on the relationship, and are outlined in the table below.

Applicant Documents Required for Proof of Relationship
Current Spouse Must be listed on death certificate
Ex-Spouse Must present proof of direct & tangible interest (i.e. Social Security record, insurance policy)
Parent Must be listed on death certificate
Shared Parentage For passport reasons and Social Security reasons only - a shared parent can present the child’s birth certificate (in cases for passport, child must be 14 or younger)
Stepparent Marriage certificate proving relationship to a parent that is listed on death certificate
Grandparents / Great Grandparents Birth certificate(s) proving relationship required. (Cannot accept baptismals, hospital records or school records, unless the customer has a letter from the state of birth stating no record of birth was found)
Siblings / Half Siblings Birth certificate proving at least one same parent required. (Cannot accept baptismals, hospital records or school records, unless the customer has a letter from the state of birth stating no record of birth was found)
Children / Grandchildren / Great Grandchildren Birth certificate(s) proving relationship is required. (Cannot accept baptismals, hospital records or school records, unless the customer has a letter from the state of birth stating no record of birth was found)
Step-Children Marriage certificate & birth certificate proving relationship required
Legal Representative / Paralegals Proof of client relationship required, as well as proof of the client’s relationship to the registrant
Opposing counsel Processed at state office: Certificate will be mailed to court with motion to seal “confidential record.” Name, address and case number of the court required.
Consular Corps/Consulate Offices Must present credentials verifying connection to the Consulate
Genealogists Notarized signed release from immediate family member required as well as proof of the family member’s relationship. Certificate will be marked “For Genealogical Use Only”
In-Laws / Aunts / Uncles / Nephews / Nieces / Cousins For death certificate 25 years or younger - Must present proof of direct & tangible interest. (i.e. insurance policy, personal will, etc.)

For death certificates over 25 years - Must present proof of relationship (a family tree would be acceptable for this case). Death certificate will be marked “For Genealogical Use Only”
Probate Researchers Proof of direct & tangible interest required
Creditors Proof of direct & tangible interest required
Anatomical Board Must be listed on death certificate
Employer Proof of direct & tangible interest required
Beneficiaries Proof of direct & tangible interest required (i.e. letter on insurance company/pension company letterhead that clearly states the applicant is a beneficiary or is eligible to file a claim)
Insurance Companies Proof of direct & tangible interest required (Insurance policy)
Hospital / Nursing Home / Hospice / Physician Proof of patient relationship required
Funeral Directors Must be listed on death certificate. If not listed, must submit proof of the relationship between themselves & the funeral establishment listed on the death certificate (copy of contract)
Coroners Must present work credentials (work ID)
Informant Must be listed on death certificate
Governmental Agencies (SSA, Human Services, etc.) No additional document needed – fee may apply
Must present work credentials (work ID)
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