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Clip's from the Clerk - Vital Records...Confused?

BY Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder
VITAL RECORDS . . . Confused?

A few folks were confused by the article on vital records which stated:

Vital records, including birth, death, adoption, marriage and divorce, are confidential per Colorado State Statute (C.R.S. 25-2-117). As a result, Colorado vital records are not public records and therefore not searchable online. Vital records can only be released to those who are eligible.

To clarify (hopefully), copies of the marriage license itself can be released to anyone; however, for a copy of the marriage application, you must fill out a form (available in our office) and have it notarized.  It is the marriage application that cannot be released to anyone but an immediate family member by:

  • Marriage
  • Blood
  • Adoption

Marriage licenses currently get recorded, but flagged as “sensitive”.

All vital record requests must be accompanied by proof of identification.

Custodians of vital records shall not permit inspection of, or disclose information contained in, vital statistics records, or copy or issue a copy of all or part of any such record unless they are satisfied that the applicant has a direct and tangible interest in such record.

Saguache County Vital Statistics Records are kept in Del Norte at the Rio Grande County Clerk and Recorder’s Office:

     965 6th St

     PO Box 160

     Del Norte CO 81132-0160

     Phone (719) 657-3334

Hope this helps.