Death Records

About the Records

Deaths in Colorado were not officially registered with the State until approximately 1908. Before that time there is no guarantee that a record of death exists. Our best collection of death records for that time are deaths that happened in a Denver hospital, though other early death records exist.

View the earliest Colorado vital records on file by county

Death records must be 75 years old before they are available for public access.

How to Find Information

Types of Death Records held by the Colorado State Archives

  • Death Certificate
  • Death Record, Register of Deaths, Death Books
  • Burial Permits
  • Burial Application
  • Burial Record
  • Coroner’s Account
  • Coroner’s Inquest

The following death records are searchable using our Archives Search database:

  • 1905-1909     Denver County death records
  • 1893-1907     Kit Carson County death records

These records are held by the State Archives and may be accessed by online, phone, mail or in-person request. 

Death Certificates issued after 1908 are not held by the Archives. Please contact Certificates and Vital Records for these records.

Probate Records can be another helpful resource to researchers interested in documentation of someone's death.