Birth Records

Archival photograph of several cribs in a hospital setting.

Births in Colorado were not officially registered with the State until approximately 1908. Before that time there is no guarantee that a record of a birth exists. A few counties recorded births during that time. And in 1908 the State began recording “delayed births”, which retroactively document some births before 1908.

About the Records

Birth records must be 100 years old before they are available for public access.

Types of birth records held by the Colorado State Archives:

  • Birth Certificate - This document holds information pertaining to a single birth. They are official government records created at the time of the birth. Usually contains: name, place of birth, name of parents. And may contain other information.
  • Birth Record, Ledgers, Dockets, or Books - These records collect information pertaining to many births. Each birth is a single entry among many entries usually in a bound volume. They are official government records created at the time of the birth. They usually contain information similar to a birth certificate.
  • Delayed Birth Records/Certificates - Similar to their non-delayed counterparts, the only difference is their delayed creation. They are official government documents created months or years the birth.

How to Find Information

In general, Birth Certificates issued after 1908 are not held by the Archives. Please contact Certificates and Vital Records of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for these records.

Birth records from the following counties are available for research at the Colorado State Archives.
These records may be accessed in-person or by request (online, phone, mail).