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Vital Statistics (Birth and Death Records)

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Mission: To process all Larimer County certificates of birth, death and fetal death in accordance with state law, while providing prompt and courteous service to customers.

Hours : - 8 AM - 4:15 PM, Monday - Friday, except County holidays

Location: - The Vital Statistics Office is on the first floor of the Fort Collins Office of the Department of Health and Environment, at 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, CO, 80524-2004.

Phone: (970) 498-6710

Forms:

Services Provided

  • Birth Certificates: We issue certificates for all births that occurred within the State of Colorado from 1900 to present.
  • Death Certificates: We issue copies of death certificates only for deaths which occurred in Larimer County.
  • Burial permits: (Authority for Final Disposition) are issued to funeral homes and families that are acting as their own funeral directors.

Common Questions about Birth Certificates

  1. How can I get a birth certificate if I was not born in Larimer County?
    For in-state births from 1900 to present, they can be obtained from our office. For birth certificates before 1900 contact the County where the birth occurred or the State Health Department at (303) 756-4464.
  2. Does the birth certificate contain a state seal?
    Certified copies of birth certificates are on Banknote paper. A state seal is embossed in the paper, but it is not raised. A raised seal is not needed for travel.
  3. What is a legal birth certificate?
    To be used for legal purposes, a birth certificate must be a certified copy, the kind that is issued at a health department. A hospital issued birth certificate cannot be used for legal purposes.
  4. What can I use for identification when applying for a birth certificate?
    A current, valid photo ID is necessary. If you do not have a current, valid current, valid photo ID, please contact our office at 970-498-6710 for a list of approved identification sources.
  5. Can I apply for a birth certificate for someone else?
    Proof of relationship will need to be submitted if the birth certificate is for someone other than yourself or if you are not named as a parent on the certificate.
  6. How Much Does it Cost?
    A certified copy of a birth certificate is $17.75 for the first copy and $10.00 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time. For walk-in customers we will accept cash, check, money orders, and debit/credit cards . Faxed orders are credit card only and mail orders can be paid by check, money order, credit or debit cards. On faxed and mail order credit/debit card orders there will be an additional $7.50 service fee*. For UPS next business day delivery there is an additional $20 fee.

    * Please note: for credit/debit card orders done by mail or fax, we process the payment through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. This independent company charges the service fee for using the credit cards.
  7. Who can get a certified birth certificate?
    Someone with a direct and tangible interest: One's self or immediate relative: mother or father (if father is listed on birth certificate). Maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents (if father is listed in the certificate), siblings or someone who has legal guardianship with certified court orders showing such. Proof of relationship will need to be submitted if the birth certificate is for someone other than yourself or if you are not named as a parent on the certificate. Please call 970-498-6710 for any other requests.
  8. What is proof of relationship?
    If you are obtaining a birth certificate for a sibling, parent, grandparent, etc., you will need to show chain of relationship. Examples are: A sibling could provide their birth certificate to show same parents. If you are trying to get a grandparent's birth certificate you will need to show your birth certificate, plus your parent's birth certificate to show chain of relationship. If you have questions on this please call our office at 970-498-6710.
  9. How can I obtain a certified birth certificate?
    In person, by written request, or by fax (using a credit card).
    • In person: there is a short form that needs to be filled out and you would need to present a current, valid photo IDentification card and proof of relationship.
    • By fax: You will need to supply credit card information, a current, valid photo ID, and possibly proof of relationship.

Common Questions about Death Certificates

  1. How can I obtain a certified death certificate?
    You can come to our office in person, send in a written request, or fax in a request.
    • In person: You will need to fill out a short form and present a current, valid photo ID.
    • Written: Print and fill out the application (see above). Attach a copy of your current, valid photo ID. Mail to: Vital Statistics, 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80524.
    • Fax: Print and fill out the application (see above). Fax it and a copy of your current, valid photo ID to 970-498-6715.
  2. Do you have access to all death certificates in the state?
    We only supply death certificates for deaths that have occurred in Larimer County. For other Colorado deaths, contact the county where the death occurred or the State Health Department (303)756-4464.
  3. Do death certificates contain a seal?
    Certified copies of death certificates are issued on Banknote paper. They are not issued with a raised seal, but a state seal is embossed in the paper.
  4. How Much Does it Cost?
    A certified copy of a death certificate is $20.00 for the first copy and $13.00 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time. For walk-in customers we will accept cash, check, money orders, and debit/credit cards. Faxed orders are credit card only and mail orders can be paid by check, money order, credit or debit cards. On faxed and mail order credit/debit card orders there will be an additional $7.50 service fee for all cards*. For UPS next business day delivery there is an additional $20 fee.

    * Please note: for credit/debit card orders done by mail or fax, we process the payment through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. This independent company charges the service fee for using the credit cards.
  5. Who can get a certified death certificate?
    Someone with a direct and tangible interest to the deceased. Relatives include wife, mother, father, child (if they are listed on the death certificate). If they are not listed on the death certificate they must show proof of relationship. This would include maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents, siblings if they can prove chain of relationship.
  6. Can death certificates be issued to lawyers and others settling an estate?
    Death certificates can be issued for the purpose of banking (example: investments , trust funds), real estate, motor vehicle transfer and other legal purposes, but proof of need must be submitted with request. Law offices will need to submit a written request on their letterhead along with proof of relationship.
  7. What is required for proof of relationship?
    If you are obtaining a death certificate for a sibling, parent, grandparent, etc. you will need to show chain of relationship. Examples are: A sibling could provide their birth certificate to show same parents. If you are trying to get a grandparent's death certificate you will need to show your birth certificate, plus your parent's birth certificate to show chain of relationship to the deceased. Law offices need to submit paperwork showing they are representing the deceased or family of the deceased. If you have questions on this please call our office at 970-498-6710.
  8. How Do I get a Birth/Death Certificate Changed or Corrected?
    Changes in Birth and Death Certificates must be made through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Certification Section, Vital Records Division:

    For birth records, call 303-692-2226
    For death records, call 303-692-2188
    For adding a father's name, call 303-692-2230
    For processing recent adoptions, call 303-692-2227
    For filing delayed birth or death records, call 303-692-2188

To find Us

From I-25: Take I 25 to the Mulberry Street (Highway 14) exit heading West. When you get to College Avenue, turn Right (North) and follow directions below:

From College Avenue (Highway 287), downtown Fort Collins: From downtown, go North on College until you get to the light at College and Conifer (JAX surplus is on the SE corner). Turn Right on Conifer and take a Left at Blue Spruce Drive. Go North about two Blocks until you see the sign on your left indicating the Larimer County Offices. The Dept. of Health & Environment is the second building, 1525 Blue Spruce Drive.

To Get a Birth/Death Certificate from Another State

The list below gives United States registration areas and the telephone number to call in order to verify fees and ordering instructions. In most cases, you will reach a recorded message.

Date updated: May, 2011

STATEADDRESSPHONE
BORN ABROADPSSPT SVC, 1111 19TH ST NW #510 WASH DC 20522800-860-8610
ALABAMAPO BOX 5625, MONTGOMERY AL 36103334-206-5418
ALASKA5541 COMMERCIAL BLVD, JUNEAU AK 99801907-465-3391
AMERICAN SAMOAAM SAMOA GVT, GOV OFFICE, PAGO PAGO AS 96799684-633-1406
ARIZONAO BOX 3887, PHOENIX AZ 85030602-364-1300
ARKANSAS4815 W MARKHAM ST, LITTLE ROCK AR 72205501-661-2336
CALIFORNIAPO BOX 997410, SACRAMENTO CA 95899916-445-2684
CANAL ZONE1111 19TH ST NW #510, WASHINGTON DC 20522202-955-0307
COLORADO4300 CHERRY CREEK SO, DENVER CO 80246303-692-2200
CONNECTICUT410 CAPITOL AVE MS11 VRS, HARTFORD CT 06134860-509-7897
DELAWARE417 FEDERAL ST, DOVER DE 19901302-744-4549
DIST COLUMBIA825 N CAPITOL ST NE, WASH DC 20002202-671-5000
FLORIDAPO BOX 210, JACKSONVILLE FL 32231904-359-6900
GEORGIA2600 SKYLAND DR NE, ATLANTA GA 30319404-679-4702
GUAM123 CHALAN KARETA,7292 MANGILAO GUAM 96913671-735-7292
HAWAIIPO BOX 3378, HONOLULU HI 96801808-586-4533
IDAHOPO BOX 83720, BOISE ID 83720208-389-9096
ILLINOIS925 E RIDGELY AVE, SPRINGFIELD IL 62702217-782-6553
INDIANAPO BOX 7125, INDIANAPOLIS IN 46204317-233-2700
IOWA321 E 12TH ST, DES MOINES IA 50319515-281-4944
KANSAS1000 SW JACKSON ST #120, TOPEKA KS 66612785-296-1400
KENTUCKY275 E MAIN ST 1E-A, FRANKFORT KY 40621502-564-4212
LOUISIANAPO BOX 60630, NEW ORLEANS LA 70160504-219-4500
MAINE244 WATER ST, 11 ST HOUSE STN AUGUSTA ME 04333207-287-3181
MARYLANDPO BOX 68760, BALTIMORE MD 21215410-260-6400
MASSACHUSETTS150 MT VERNON ST 1ST FL, DORCHESTER MA 02125617-727-2816
MICHIGANPO BOX 30721, LANSING MI 48909517-335-8666
MINNESOTAPO BOX 64499, ST PAUL MN 55164651-201-5970
MISSISSIPPIPO BOX 1700, JACKSON MS 39215601-576-7981
MISSOURIPO BOX 570, JEFFERSON CITY MO 65102573-751-6387
MONTANAPO BOX 4210, HELENA MT 59604888-877-1946
NEBRASKAPO BOX 95065, LINCOLN NE 68509402-471-2871
NEVADA4150 TECHNOLOGY WAY #104, CARSON CITY NV 89706775-684-4280
NEW HAMPSHIRE71 S FRUIT ST, CONCORD NH 03301603-271-4654
NEW JERSEYPO BOX 370, TRENTON NJ 08625609-292-6260
NEW MEXICOPO BOX 26110, SANTA FE NM 87502866-534-0051
NEW YORK800 N PEARL ST 2ND FL, MENANDS NY 12204518-474-3075
NEW YORK CITY125 WORTH ST CN4, RM 133, NYC NY 10013212-639-9675
NO CAROLINA1903 MAIL SVC CTR, RALEIGH, NC 27699919-733-3000
NO DAKOTA600 E BLVD AVE DEPT 301, BISMARCK ND 58505701-328-2360
N. MARIANA IS.PO BOX 500409, SAIPAN MP 96950670-236-8717
OHIO246 N HIGH ST 1ST FL, COLUMBUS OH 43216614-466-2531
OKLAHOMA1000 NE 10TH ST , OKLAHOMA CITY OK 73117405-271-4040
OREGONPO BOX 14050, PORTLAND OR 97293971-673-1190
PENNSYLVANIAPO BOX 1528, NEW CASTLE PA 16103724-656-3100
PUERTO RICOPOB 11854 FERN. JUNCOS ST., SAN JUAN PR 00910787-767-9120
RHODE ISLAND3 CAPITOL HILL RM 101, PROVIDENCE RI 02908401-222-5960
SO CAROLINA2600 BULL ST , COLUMBIA SC 29201803-898-3630
SO DAKOTA207 E MISSOURI AVE #1A, PIERRE SD 57501605-773-4961
TENNESSEE421 5TH AVE NO 1ST FL, NASHVILLE TN 37243615-741-1763
TEXASPO BOX 12040, AUSTIN TX 78711512-458-7111
UTAHPO BOX 141012, SLC, UT 84114801-538-6105
VERMONTPO BOX 70, BURLINGTON VT 05402802-863-7275
VIRGINIAPO BOX 1000, RICHMOND VA 23218804-662-6200
VIRGIN ISLANDSCHLS HARWOOD MEM HOSPITAL, ST CROIX VI 00820340-774-9000
WASHINGTONPO BOX 47814, OLYMPIA WA 98504360-236-4300
W. VIRGINIA350 CAPITOL ST RM 165, CHARLESTON WV 25301304-558-2931
WISCONSINPO BOX 309, MADISON WI 53701608-266-1371
WYOMINGHATHAWAY BLDG, CHEYENNE WY 82002307-777-7591

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