Birth Certificates
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Birth Certificates

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Boulder County Public Health issues certified birth records for persons born anywhere in Colorado from 1904 to present day. Birth certificates can be used for the following purposes:

  • Passports
  • Social Security
  • Employment
  • Personal identification

Who Can Order

  • The person named on the birth certificate
  • Members of the immediate family (proof of relationship is required)
  • Legal representatives of those named above
  • Others demonstrating a direct and tangible interest in the record

Boulder County Public Health issues Colorado birth certificates in accordance with Colorado state law.

New Baby?

Certified, legal birth certificates can be ordered from Boulder County Public Health or any other local public health office. Certificates provided by hospitals are not legal documents.

In person orders will be processed within about 15 – 20 minutes.

Requirements

Valid ID (person making the request)

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Or, see list of Required Info/ID tab on this page

Cash, Check, or Money Order

Boulder County Public Health cannot accept payment by temporary check.

  • $17.75 for one copy (or for search when no record found)
    • If paid by credit card, there is an additional fee of $.75 plus 2.25% of the total cost.
  • $10.00 for each additional copy of the same record when ordered at the same time
    • If paid by credit card, there is an additional fee of $.75 plus 2.25% of the total cost.

Application Form (available at our office)

Boulder County Public Health issues Colorado birth certificates in accordance with Colorado state law.

Requirements

Photocopy of a Valid ID (of the person making the request)

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Or additional identification (see Required Info/ID tab on this page).

Check or Money Order Payable To

Boulder County Public Health Vital Records

  • $17.75 for one copy (or for search when no record found)
    • If paid by credit card, there is an additional fee of $.75 plus 2.25% of the total cost.
  • $10.00 for each additional copy of the same record when ordered at the same time
    • If paid by credit card, there is an additional fee of $.75 plus 2.25% of the total cost.

Boulder County Public Health cannot accept payment by temporary check.

Application Form

Send Form, Copy of Valid ID, & Payment To Nearest Office

Boulder

Boulder County Public Health
Attn: Vital Records
3450 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
Phone: 303-441-1100

Longmont

Boulder County Public Health
Attn: Vital Records
515 Coffman St., second floor
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: 303-678-6166

Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) issues Colorado birth certificates in accordance with Colorado state law.

In order to obtain a birth certificate online, please visit VitalChek.

Required Information

  • Person’s full name as it appears on the birth certificate
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents’ names along with mother’s full maiden name
  • Purpose for the copy
  • Applicant’s relationship to the person on the certificate
  • Applicant’s signature
  • Payment for the number of copies requested
  • Copy of the requestor’s valid identification

Required Identification

All requests for birth and death records must be accompanied by a photocopy of the requestor’s identification before processing. We require:

  • At least one document from the Primary List

OR

  • At least two documents from the Secondary List

Primary Identification List

All items presented must be currently valid. Expired items and undated items drop to the secondary listing. Documents that do not contain either an issue date or an expiration date will not be considered acceptable.

  • Alien Registration Receipt or Permanent Resident Card (INS I-151 or I-551)
  • Certificate of US Citizenship (N-560-561)
  • City of Denver/Denver County Jail Temporary Inmate ID
  • CO Department of Corrections ID card
  • CO Temporary Driver’s License; MUST be within 30 days period, MUST be issued by Colorado DMV
  • Department of Human Services Youth Corrections ID
  • Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • Foreign Passport
  • Government Work ID
  • Job Corps ID card
  • Photo Driver License
  • Photo ID card (DMV)
  • School, University, or College ID card
  • Temporary Resident Card (I-688, I668A, or I-688B)
  • US B1/B2 Visa Card PLUS I-94
  • US Certificate of Naturalization N-550/570
  • US Citizenship ID card (I-197)
  • US Military Identification Card
  • US Passport Book or Card

Secondary Identification List

Any item that it expired or undated will be examined closely. If there is any doubt regarding its authenticity, it will be rejected. Expired documents may only be used as a secondary document if they have expired within 6 months of the current date.

  • Acknowledgement of Paternity document
  • US Birth certificate of the applicant
  • Court order for adoption or name change
  • Craft or trade license
  • DD-214
  • Divorce decree
  • Colorado Gaming License
  • Hospital Birth Worksheet
  • Colorado Hunting or Fishing license
  • IRS-TIN Card
  • Marriage License/Certificate
  • Medicare Card
  • Merchant Mariner Card
  • Mexican Voter Registration Card
  • Motor Vehicle Registration or Title
  • Pilot License
  • State, Territorial, or Federal prison ID or Correction card
  • US Selective Service card
  • Social Security Card
  • Weapon or gun permit
  • Work ID, Paycheck Stub, Pay Statement, or W-2

Not Acceptable Under Any Circumstances

  • Birth Certificates issued by Foreign Governments
  • City and County Detention Center ID cards
  • CO Temporary Drivers License Renewal Form
  • Matricula Consular (Consular ID) Cards
  • Medicaid Cards
  • Novelty ID cards
  • Property Tax Receipt
  • Social Services WIC Card/Check
  • Souvenir Birth Certificates
  • Temporary Driver’s License or Temporary State ID cards
  • Tribal ID Cards
  • Undated Documents
  • Veterans Universal Access ID card

Fees

  • $17.75 for one copy (or for search when no record found)
    • If paid by credit card, there is an additional fee of $.75 plus 2.25% of the total cost.
  • $10.00 for each additional copy of the same record when ordered at the same time
    • If paid by credit card, there is an additional fee of $.75 plus 2.25% of the total cost.

Payment

Boulder County Public Health cannot accept payment by temporary check.

We can only process credit cards in person.

We accept:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Discover
  • American Express

You can also process online requests through VitalChek. VitalChek is an independent company that we partner with. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

Changes on Birth Certificates

Changes on birth certificates must be made through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Certification Section, Vital Record Division.

  • For adding a father’s name, call 303-692-2226
  • For processing recent adoptions, call 303-692-2227

Establishing Paternity

If the parents are not married at the time of the child’s birth, the father’s name will not be listed on the birth certificate unless an “Acknowledgement of Paternity” form is filled out. If the “Acknowledgement of Paternity” is completed while mother and baby are still in the hospital, there is no charge.

Paternity forms can also be submitted after the child is born to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Vital Record Division. The processing fee is $20.00.

To obtain an Acknowledgement of Paternity form (voluntary) or additional information, contact the State of Colorado Vital Records at 303-692-2230.

Social Security Cards

Parents may register newborns for Social Security cards at the time of birth. The service is free, and takes approximately 2-3 weeks. For more information, please contact:

Social Security Office

480 W. Dahlia Street
Louisville, CO 80027
(800) 772-1213
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Contact Us


Birth Certificates

Boulder: 303-441-1100
Longmont: 303-678-6166
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Boulder

3450 Broadway
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Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F

Longmont

515 Coffman Street, Second Floor
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Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F