Colorado Public Records

About Colorado Open Public Record

The Colorado Open Records Act, CORA was enacted in 1969 and is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the records of government bodies at all levels in the state of Colorado. The Colorado Sunshine Law legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted. According to the CORA statutes, any person may inspect any public record at any reasonable time. There are a number of clear exemptions that includes but is not limited to correspondence that is work product and all correspondence with constituents 'that clearly implies by its nature or content that the constituent expects that it is confidential.'The state of Colorado has 64 counties that consist of 1,801 populated places which include cities, towns, neighborhoods, subdivisions and settlements. There are 271 active incorporated municipalities that include 196 towns, 73 cities and two consolidated city and county governments. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, CBI is a division of the Colorado Department of Public Safety and is the central repository of the criminal history arrest records for the state and provides an Internet Criminal History Check System, ICHC. The computerized criminal history, CCH database contains detailed information of arrest records. Explore Colorado public records using a multitude of research databases online. Read about the constantly changing current events and what is occurring in Colorado right now. Uncover interesting facts and figures about Colorado's demographics, current economy and business. Discover what the cities and counties of Colorado have to offer and what public records they make available online. Uncover background information on the state's residents and recorded vital statistics. Discover what kind of a place Colorado is to live in by gathering information on the housing and real estate markets. Solicit criminal records from law enforcement departments within the state. They can help you obtain access to the state's repository of official background check of arrests and convicted felonies. New services and resources are added on a regular basis to keep you well informed.
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Colorado Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Ask Questions, About Colorado

  • Can I request a copy of my Navy Criminal Investigative Service's report, prior to going in and purchasing a firearm in Colorado?
    You can request an FBI search on yourself before going. Federal searches are central depository of criminal history records which depend on all law enforcement agencies participating. This includes state, county and federal level records altogether. (Staff)
  • How do I check in Colorado, for bankruptcy records?
    There is a free search above under Colorado Free Court Records Search. That can check bankruptcy information by keyword. You can look up the bankruptcy by name/keyword or date and location. Use the keyword to look up party names, filing type case number and some others (you can see the fields which are searched if you click on any of the cases below the boxes). The keyword search shouldn't be relied on for more than the party names and maybe case number, as the other information can be entered inadequately by the courts or any origin. The dates are the time of publishing, not the filing or recording. If you need more, you can see where to get them, the source is at the bottom of the results with a link. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Colorado, who owns a residential property?
    Which county is the property in? If it's in one of the larger counties, take Denver for example, you're in luck since the property search is free, showing name and value of the property online. For this county, it's called "Property Taxation and Assessment System". In El Paso, it's different, just says "Public Record Real Estate Property Search". Look for the assessor's office services if you're not having any luck finding it with a general search. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in Colorado, access to arrest records online?
    Specifically which records or types or records? information can be found in many different places on the net, not all in the same place. Also, the specific area where the information is being held can make it either easier or more difficult to find and obtain. All records are not available, only data deemed under the law to be public. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Colorado, if the firearm background checks are the same as a regular employment background check?
    Although the service used mostly relies on the firm requesting it, they're mostly statewide as opposed to being nationwide. There are guidelines and a wait time for the background checks, so some entities opt to use private sources. The expense is a little higher but many companies feel that it is worth it. The objectives are the same, but not all searches are the same. The background check report may not contain all the information from the criminal case. When trying to decide between a statewide or a national background check, a people finders search can initially tell you if the individual you're requesting a check on has lived other places outside of the state. A nationwide search does not necessarily cost more, but there are restrictions where some states have better open records laws. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, NICS is the search performed for firearm purchases. There is more than one background check offered by the FBI. The pre-employment check is based on the fingerprints while the firearms check is based on an individual's identification information. The pre employment check can only be requested by the person the report is based on. Simply put, you can only perform a check on yourself. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Colorado, access to a list of convicted felons?
    You can see a list of inmates across Colorado by going to the state's department of corrections. You will be able to see photo of the inmate being held, where in the state they're being held, sentence information, county and case number. There's also parole information of the next eligibility and hearing date, mandatory release date and estimated discharge date. The case number does not provide any additional specifics other than just the number itself! You can use the case number to do a criminal case and other information to conduct a search at the court house. The case file can have a more data than what the DOC is showing. Depending on the venue of the court, the services you need to get the data can be accessed online. (Staff)

Colorado Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/19/2021)

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Colorado American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/19/2021)

  • About Colorado ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    Colorado's demographic and housing ACS survey of 5,197,580 being 1.65 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 50.2% males and 49.8% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • About Colorado Selected Social Characteristics
    The Colorado social characteristics data of 1,998,314 households, which make up 1.72 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,282,425 families with and without children. There are 1,388,718 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • About Colorado Selected Economic Characteristics
    The Colorado American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 4,094,922 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 1.65 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 2,779,944 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • About Colorado Selected Housing Characteristics
    Colorado housing characteristics are collected from 2,238,624 dwellings making up 1.69 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 1,998,314 or uninhabited 240,310 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 1,998,314 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.