Vital records, such as certificates of birth and death, are legal government-issued documents. While most requests for vital records are honest attempts to acquire one's own personal documentation, some are not; some are attempts to co-opt someone else's name.
Appropriating someone else's information and obtaining these legal documents fraudulently is a crime and can lead to a multitude of illegal activities. Using the documents to falsely identify one's self can lead to the issuance of a driver's license and a social security number, opening avenues to:
The Vital Records office staff wants to protect you and your family from this type of crime by authenticating claims of identity. That is why we require specific documentation before we can issue these records.
If your birth or death certificate is lost, stolen or misplaced please use the form below:
You may obtain a death certificate application form directly from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.