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Protect Your Identity

Lost or stolen vital records, such as certificates of birth and death, increase you risk for identity theft.

  • Submit a Report of Lost or Stolen Birth Certificate form to protect your identity.
  • If you have any questions or concerns related to fraud and your birth certificate, contact our fraud prevention staff at cdphe_osrvs.fraud@state.co.us.
  • Keep vital records in a fire-resistant, locked safe or safety deposit box.
  • Do not carry vital records in your wallet or purse.
  • When copies of vital records are necessary, provide a copy with the mother’s maiden name blocked out. Mother’s maiden name is often a security question for legal and financial verification systems.
  • File copies of a person’s death certificate with the three major credit-reporting agencies.
  • Visit the following sites for more information:

Identity Resource Center

Federal Trade Commission

State of Colorado Attorney General’s Office

Colorado Bureau of Investigation – ID Theft