Public Records Request

All requests for public records of La Plata County pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, also known as CORA, (CRS 24-72-112 through 24-72-402), must be submitted in writing.  

  • La Plata County public record request form (with the exception of criminal justice records from the La Plata County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office - see next bullets) not otherwise available on the County’s website or readily available from County departments and offices. 
  • To request criminal justice records from the District Attorney's Office, please fill out the Criminal Justice Records Request form.
  • To request criminal justice records from the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, please  fill out the Application for the Release of Public Records form. Typically, only cases in which the criminal reports have been closed, can they be released to the public. Requestors must show photo identification.  There is a charge of $7.50 for the first 5 pages of a incident report, $0.25 for each additional page. If extra research is needed, there may be an additional cost.
  • Contact San Juan Basin Public Health Department for Colorado Birth and Death Certificates at 970-247-5702.
  • Contact the Colorado Judicial Branch for court documents (DUI, divorce, criminal record etc.) at 970-247-2304. 
  • Visit the Clerk and Recorder’s webpage for recorded documents.  
  • Visit the GIS website for property information.

For further information, please contact the La Plata County Administrative Offices by phone at 970-382-6214 or by email.  La Plata County Public Records Policy

All requests must be submitted in writing as follows:

  • Through form submission online; or
  • By mail or hand delivery:  La Plata County Administration, 1101 E 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301; or
  • By email; or
  • By fax at (970) 382-6299

    Note:  If the request is delivered by mail or fax, it is always advisable to call 970-382-6214 to confirm that the request was received.

Formal requests must include:

  • Name
  • Contact Information including address, phone and e-mail when available.
  • Delivery Method Preferred (email, fax, mail or pick up in person).
  • Name of specific records or documents requested, including the department where the document(s) are located.
  • Request must be made in writing, and must state that it is a request under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA).
  • Pursuant to TITLE 24 - ARTICLE 72 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, the individual making the request will be charged for the actual expense of filling the request.  A quote for that expense will be provided by County staff. 

Should the requestor wish to obtain copies of documents, the cost per page for hard copies is 15¢ per page, or in the case of records of elected officials, as provided in Colorado Revised Statutes. If actual costs exceed 15¢ per page (such as large format documents), actual costs will be charged.

NOTE: It is a Class 1 Misdemeanor for a person to knowingly make a false entry or alter any public record or to destroy, mutilate, conceal, remove, or impair the availability of any public record. C.R.S. § 18-18-114. “Public record” is defined as all official books, papers, or records created, received, or used by or in any governmental office or agency.

Costs for providing records electronically are outlined in the County’s public records policy.  Payment in the form of cash, check or money order made payable to La Plata County must be made in advance.  

In the case of a request for a computer output other than word processing, the fee may be based on the recovery of the actual incremental costs of providing the electronic services and products together with a reasonable portion of the costs associated with building and maintaining the information system.  La Plata has established this rate at $25 per hour for the compilation of data and/or manipulation of data in order to generate a record in a form not used by La Plata County. If the records request can be completed in one hour or less, no data compilation fee will be charged.  This fee includes the cost of redacting documents to protect legally privileged material. You will be notified in advance of the estimate of any such fee. We will commence no work of this type on your behalf without your prior approval and advance deposit.

In the event requestor does not make arrangements for a review of documents, fails to appear for the review, or fails to prepay costs within ten working days of notification of the availability of records, the request will be deemed closed.