Colorado Death Certificate

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Below is the information you'll need in order to obtain a death certificate in Colorado, including qualifications, cost, required information, where to submit your application, and a link to the application you'll need to fill out.

Qualifications

The following people may request death certificates from the state of Colorado:

  • Parents/Step-parents
  • Grandparents and Great-grandparents 
  • Siblings 
  • Spouse/Ex-spouse (with proof of direct and tangible interest)
  • Adult children, step-children or grandchildren 
  • In-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins (if death certificate is needed to administer the deceased's estate, or other direct and tangible interest)
  • Legal representatives of any of the above 
  • Legal representative of the deceased 
  • Decedent's physician 
  • Funeral director 
  • Employer of deceased (so benefits can be processed)
  • Insurance company processing decedent's claim or death benefits 
  • Probate researchers 
  • Genealogists representing immediate family members with appropriate credentials 
  • Creditors 
  • Others who may demonstrate a direct and tangible interest when information is needed for determination or protection of a personal or property right 
  • Informant listed on the requested death certificate

Proof of relationship is required (e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate, court order, etc.) as is one form of the following types of documentation:

  • Alien Registration Receipt/Permanent Resident Card
  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  • Colorado Department of Corrections ID card
  • CO Temporary Driver’s License Form (with hole-punched Driver’s License)
  • Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • Foreign Passport
  • Photo Driver’s License
  • Photo ID Card (DMV)
  • 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

Cost

The fee for the first certified copy of a death certificate is $20.00. For each additional copy of the certificate ordered at the same time, the fee is $13.00. There is a $10.00 credit card convenience charge (excluded for those ordering death certificates in person). Ordering death certificates to be returned via FedEx or UPS costs an additional $20.00; there's no charge if you have the certificate returned to you via regular mail. You can pay with check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). For more spricing details, refer to Colorado's vital records fee schedule.

Required Information

  • Full name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Reason for request
  • Date of application submission
  • Signature of person making request
  • Your relationship to the deceased
  • Your address
  • Your email address
  • Daytime phone number

Submitting Your Request

By Mail:
Send the completed application and the appropriate fee to:

Vital Records Section

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South

HSVRD-VS-A1

Denver, CO 80246-1530

By Fax:
Fax your application (with credit card information) to:

Within continental United States: 800-423-1108

Outside continental United States: +01-303-691-9307

In Person:
Apply in person from these county vital records offices.

You may also apply in person at the state offices of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, located at:

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South

HSVRD-VR-A1

Denver, CO 80246-1530

Office hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Same-day service is available until 4:30 pm.

Download the Application

Click here to download the request form for a certified Colorado death certificate.

See our complete list of resources for Colorado.

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