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Where to Find and Research Colorado Criminal Records

Colorado is an open records state which implies that Colorado criminal records and information on Colorado criminal history are available to the public. The Crime Information Center (CCIC) in Colorado keeps these records along with all fingerprint-based criminal history record information (CHRI) pertaining to the State of Colorado. All information stored in the AFIS for the identification of fingerprints is updated and maintained by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) Identification Unit. For any queries or assistance, the CBI can be contacted at:

Mailing Address:
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
690 Kipling Street, Suite # 3000
Denver, CO 80215

Or reached via phone at 303-239-4208, 303-239-5858(Fax)   

Colorado Criminal Records Categories

Colorado criminal records are archived according to the type of offense, taking into account the degree and severity of each offense. The three distinct categories of crime are:


1. Felonies: These are the most severe of all offenses. These records provide useful information on criminals who are in probation or who have been subjected to a prison term of a year or more.
2. Misdemeanors: These records provide information on cases that are less serious than the felony cases and attract a penalty of a jail term that is a year or less in duration.
3. Infractions: These records provide details on minor criminal offenses such as violations of municipal codes, traffic tickets, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, DUI and so on. These minor offenses attract penalties in terms of fines or probation or jail sentences.


Colorado Statewide Crime Rates for 2008 and Beyond

Colorado criminal records available with the CBI give a picture of the crime rate for the year 2008. According to this statewide crime report, the total number of crimes reported in the year 2008 was 174,126. This indicates a decrease of 6.1% from the previous year that recorded 185,485 crimes. This data was based on a population of 5,010,295.

A breakdown of the crime statistics reveals that there were 151 cases of Homicide, 2,026 incidents of Forcible Rape cases, 3,186 Robbery cases, 10,699 cases of Aggravated Assault , 25,852 cases of Other Assaults, 26,597 cases of Burglary, 92,875 cases of Larceny, and 12,740 cases of Auto theft recorded in the year 2008.

Overall there has been an 8% decline in the crime rate in Colorado from the previous year, taking into account the change in population in the state. This information and that for other years can be sourced from:

Insta-Check Statistics reports furnish details on individual restrictions on the purchase of firearms and the reasons for the denial. It also includes other details such as the number of appeals processed, reversed and received along with the number of arrests. More information on this topic can be found at:



The Department of Corrections in Colorado provides statistical information on the release and admission of inmates, nature of crimes committed, average length of prison sentence, gender, age distribution, ethnicity and inmate population from the year 1991 to the present date. It also has information on sex offenders and youth offenders. All relevant information on this topic can be sourced from:

Information on juvenile and adult arrest rates in Colorado can be found at the Division of Criminal Justice Office of Research and Statistics, Colorado, through

Need for Criminal Records

Colorado criminal records keep track of all offenses committed in the state along with the offenders list, details of the notations of arrest, depositions, and fingerprint identifications of each offender. These records help to provide accurate and complete information on any criminal case or to look up the criminal history of any person living in Colorado. 

Criminal records help to identify career criminals, frauds and sex offenders, carry out background search for employment, licensing, dating or matrimonial searches, or to find out if an individual has any prior felony cases against him before entrusting him with the care of our loved ones.

Accessing Colorado Criminal Records


If you need to search, access, or verify information pertaining to any criminal matter in  Colorado, you can do so by visiting any of the courts: federal, county or city, or alternately you can visit the police station of the county, town, or municipality in which the crime occurred. The account of all offenses can also be found at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s central repository. Relevant information can also be sourced from the Colorado Bar Association.

A courthouse search generally involves a name search system. You need to provide basic details such as name, date of birth or SSN, which is optional for retrieving details from the open criminal records. You can send search requests through the mail to expedite the search process. Conducting a search requires three business days on average per entry.
You can also download a criminal history record form from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) Identification Unit. Fill in the required details carefully and then mail the request along with a money order of $50 to the following mailing address:
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
690 Kipling Street, Suite # 3000
Denver, CO 80215

Phone 303-239-4208, 303-239-5858(Fax)    



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