Identification

Identification Help

Acceptable Documents–Social Security Administration

Statewide

You must have original documents or certified copies that prove your identity and proof of US citizenship when you order a replacement Social Security card. Click on the website to see the complete list. Be sure to click on who the card is for (adult or child), type of card, and citizenship of the person the card is for.

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Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Birth, Death, and Other Vital Records

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver CO 80246

Statewide

Denver

If you were born in Colorado, you can order a certified copy of your birth certificate by phone, mail, or through a local Vital Records Office. You can get your birth certificate the same day if you go to a Vital Records Office. Phone and online orders take 3-5 days. Mail orders take 30 days. The main office is in Denver, but other offices are located throughout Colorado. Click on the website and scroll down to Other Locations Near You for a list of locations. If you need help getting your birth certificate, check in the Help Getting Your ID section and with Re-entry Help organizations listed on remerg.com. The cost for a certified copy is $20.

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Colorado ID Project

1905 Sherman Street, Denver CO

Get free help applying for identification documents.

Denver Metro

Denver

The CO ID Project can help with getting identification documents, especially if you're having difficulty doing this on your own. You may apply by phone at 303-837-1313 or online at www.applyonlinecls.org and they will follow up. They have also made paper intake packets available in the public reception area at their Denver office at the address below. You can pick up a packet and mail it back or drop it in the drop box in the lobby. You may also schedule an appointment to complete an application for services in-person. Please call 303-837-1313 to schedule an appointment. Colorado Legal Services has some limited in-person availability on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:00-11:00 at their Denver office. The office is on the 4th floor. Appointments are encouraged, but some walk-ins may be accepted. Vouchers may also be obtained in-person during these hours.

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DD-214

Can help you get your birth certificate

Statewide

A DD-214, or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, can be of help when you’re applying for another identification card. For example, a DD-214 is one of the secondary documents accepted by the Vital Records Office for applying for a birth certificate. The National Archives website is the place to order a copy of a DD-214. You can do this online or by mail. Click on Request Military Service Records, then start the form online. In most cases, this copy is free. You may also be able to get help ordering a copy of your DD-214 through some of the Veteran agencies.

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DMV2GO

Mobile ID unit

Statewide

DMV2GO is a mobile ID unit developed by the Division of Motor Vehicles. The unit visits all parts of Colorado to help people get an ID, including jails, prison, shelters, and other locations. In Denver, they currently visit Saint Francis Center in the United Way building on the second Tuesday of every month, Urban Peak on the second Monday of every month, and the Denver Rescue Mission men's shelter on east 48th Avenue the third Thursday of each month.

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Documents You Need–Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Statewide

When you're applying for a Colorado license or ID card, you must provide proof of your name, date of birth, identity, and whether you’re legally in the US. Sometimes one document can prove all four. For example, a CO driver’s license or state ID that’s expired less than 10 years with your picture is accepted if your Social Security number is on file. Click on the website for a chart that lists all documents accepted.

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ID Vouchers

statewide interactive map of organizations that provide ID vouchers

If you need a voucher to pay for an identification document, click on the website link below. Metro Caring created a statewide interactive map with the locations of many of the organizations that distribute ID vouchers. While it's not a complete list, it may help you find a location near you.

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Office Locations–Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Statewide

You may apply for a state ID or driver’s license at a DMV office. For a complete list of all DMV offices in Colorado, click on the website link. The cost is $28 for a driver’s license and $11.50 for a state ID card, although a state ID is free if you’re 60 or older, or if you're under court supervision, ask your parole officer, re-entry specialist, jail re-entry staff, or a department of human services staff about getting your state ID for free with a letter of referral.

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Order Birth Certificate from Another State

If you need to order a birth certificate from another state, click on the website link below. It links to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page with information on how to order this document from all states and territories. Follow the applicant guidelines. You can also use this link to order divorce and marriage vital documents. Click on the pdf link for a booklet form of the same information.

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Order Divorce Decree – Colorado District Courts

Divorce decree is a secondary form of ID for birth certificates

Statewide

If you were divorced in Colorado, you need to order a certified copy of your divorce decree from the district court system where your divorce was granted. The cost is around $20. If possible, it may be best to visit an office in person to order a copy. Click on the website link for the locations of all judicial districts in Colorado. Then click on the district to find the contact information for the court that granted your divorce. You can call that office to find out details.

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Order Marriage Certificate – Colorado Clerk & Recorder Offices

Marriage certificates are a secondary form of ID for birth certificates

Statewide

If you were married in Colorado, you need to order a certified copy of a marriage license at the Office of the Clerk and Recorder in the county where you were married. A certified copy should cost about $1.25 and you may be able to order a copy through the mail. Call the office in the county where you were married for information on how to order a copy. Click on the website for a list of all Clerk and Recorder’s offices in Colorado with their addresses and phone numbers.

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Renew Driver’s License/State ID–Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Statewide

Click on the website to find out if you're eligible to renew your driver's license or state ID online or by mail. The cost is $30.87 for a driver’s license and $12.67 for a state ID card, although a state ID is free if you’re 60 or older. Or if you're under court supervision, ask your parole officer, re-entry specialist, jail re-entry staff, or a department of human services staff about getting your state ID for free with a letter of referral.

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