Colorado FOIA procedures

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Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in Colorado. To read the history and details of Colorado’s sunshine laws please see the Colorado Open Records Act.

How to request public records in Colorado

The act is silent as to whom to submit public records requests within each department. It merely indicates that requests should be submitted to a custodian, but does not require public agencies to assign a specific custodian. The act does imply that all employees of a public agency are considered records custodians.

Purpose and use

Public agencies are not permitted to ask an individual making a request the purpose of their request. However, the use of criminal records for commercial purposes is prohibited.

Who may request?

See also: List of who can make public record requests by state

Anyone may request public records in Colorado.


See also: How much do public records cost?

Colorado law permits charging fees for both duplication and search costs. Fees may be waved if the records are being used for public service.

Response time

See also: Request response times by state

The act allows public agencies three days to respond to public records requests.

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