Death Certificates

Death Certificates

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Boulder County Public Health issues death certificates for persons who died in Boulder County during the years 1880 to present.

Who Can Apply

Certified copies of death certificates may be issued (with proof of relationship) to:

  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Stepparents
  • Siblings
  • Spouses
  • Adult children
  • Stepchildren
  • Grandchildren
  • Legal representatives of any of the above
  • Legal representatives of the deceased
  • Probate researchers
  • Genealogists representing family members with appropriate credentials
  • Others who may demonstrate a direct and tangible interest when information is needed for determination or protection of a personal property right

Proof of Relationship

See list of Identification Accepted for Birth & Death Certificates

Required Information

  • Person’s name as it appears on the death certificate
  • Date and place of death
  • Purpose for the copy
  • Applicant’s relationship to the person
  • Applicant’s signature
  • Payment for the number of copies requested
  • Copy of the requestor’s identification accepted for birth & death certificates


  • $20.00 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.
  • $13.00 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.


Boulder County Public Health 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®.

Filing Deadlines

Death and fetal death certificates must be filed with the local registrar within five days of the death.

Changes on Death Certificates

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

For death record corrections, please call 303-692-2236

Requirements for Disposition of Human Remains or Cremains

There is no requirement that a dead human body or fetus be buried in an established cemetery. Bodies or fetuses may be buried on private land unless local ordinances prohibit it. Cremation is considered “final disposition,” and the State retains no control over disposition of the ashes. Ashes may be disposed of as the next of kin desires except for any restriction by local ordinances. It is important to check all federal, state, or local laws and ordinances first before disposing of remains.

A funeral director is not required; however, the funeral director or person acting as such who first assumes custody of the body is the person primarily responsible for the process of completing the death certificate, obtaining the medical certification, and filing it with the local registrar in the county of death.

Embalming is not required if disposal is within 24 hours; however, a dead human body or fetus kept longer than 24 hours before burial or cremation MUST be embalmed or properly refrigerated.

The requirement is not specific concerning type or brand of container for transport. The intent is to protect public health and ensure that the dead human body is treated with dignity. The dead human body or fetus must be in a “tightly sealed container that will prevent the leakage of fluids or odor.”

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

Contact Us

Death Certificates

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