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Clerk & Recorder


Duties of the Clerk & Recorder:

The Clerk & Recorder's office is responsible for voter registration, the conduct of all primary, general, and November coordinated elections, motor vehicle titling and registration, real estate and other recordings, marriage licenses, liquor licenses, and recording the proceedings of the Board of County Commissioners. 




FYI: As of 1/1/2015 all Colorado newspapers are required to post their legal notices to this website: www.publicnoticecolorado.com .  There is a tremendous amount of information on there for every county and city in Colorado that publishes legals!

Office Information & Locations
Meeker Main Office
555 Main Street
PO Box 1067
Meeker, CO 81641
Hours 8:30AM - 4:30PM
970-878-9460
970-878-3587 (fax) 

Rangely Branch Office
17497 Highway 64
Rangely, CO 81648
Hours 9:00AM - 4:30PM
970-878-9465
970-675-5211 (fax)

E-mail address: clerk@rbc.us
Elections E-Mail: elections@rbc.us




Boots M. Campbell
CLERK & RECORDER

Meeker Deputies
Torrie Lynn Cook, Chief Deputy
Treasa A. Ellis
Debra D. Raley
Shawn M. Luce
Jeri Gilchrist

Rangely Deputies
Shirley A. Sinclair
Jamie Thacker


RECORDING

DEPARTMENT FUNCTION

The recording department is required to timely record, accurately index, scan or film and preserve all records received.


General Information


All documents are indexed under grantor/grantee names and are not tract indexed. Any document recorded in the real estate records of Rio Blanco County becomes public record, open to public inspection. There is no charge for individuals to search the records.

If you have questions concerning the legality of a document, consult your attorney before presenting it for recording. Members of the County Clerk's office are not qualified legal advisors and may not give legal advice. Please present documents which are clear and legible for recording.


Rio Blanco County receives e-recording from Simplifile.  If you have an interest in using e-recording for your documents,  check the Simplifile Website.


What will it cost?  Check the Recording Fee Schedule - NOTE: We can not accept credit cards for recording at this time.  Call the Meeker office for additional information.


MARRIAGE LICENSES




 
Locations to apply for marriage license:
 Clerk & Recorder's Office
PO Box 1067/555 Main St.
Meeker, CO 81641
(970) 878-9460
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
 
Rangely Branch Office
17497 Hwy 64
Rangely, CO 81648
(970) 675-9465
Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm


General Information

Both the bride and groom need to be present during office hours to complete the marriage application. If one party cannot be present, he or she must complete a marriage license application before a notary public prior to the application at the office. The ceremony may take place anywhere within the State of Colorado. The license is valid for 35 days, including the date of issuance. The bride and groom are not required to be Colorado residents to apply for a marriage license.

For applicants who have been previously married, be prepared to supply the date, place and court, if divorced. Widows/widowers will need to furnish the date and place of death of their spouse.

Marriage Application


Requirements
$30.00 application fee.
Both parties to the marriage must be of age (18 years old).

If the bride or groom are less than 18 years old, but more than 16 years old, the consent of both parents or the parent having legal custody (documentation provided) is required. If under 16 years old, a court order is required in addition to parental consent.
Legal identification is required.

Valid Driver's License or ID, Passport, or certified copy of birth record.
No blood test is required.

Beginning July 1, 1989, blood tests are no longer required in Colorado.

Restrictions

Couples may not apply for a marriage license while still married to another person. Divorces must be final before application is made.

Marriages between ancestor and descendant, brother and sister, uncle and niece, or aunt and nephew, whether the relationship is by half or whole blood, is prohibited. Cousins are permitted to marry in the State of Colorado.

Marriage Ceremonies

Persons in Colorado authorized by law to solemnize a marriage are: judges, retired judges, magistrates, Indian tribe officials, clergy, and the bride and groom. Clergy do not need to be registered in Colorado and may be from out-of-state.

Although couples may solemnize their own marriage, friends or relatives cannot solemnize the marriage. Friends and relatives may participate in the ceremony, but may not pronounce the couple husband and wife. Couples may solemnize their marriage in the County Clerk's offices after completion of the application or at any ceremony location and time of their choice.

Completing and Returning the Marriage License
Complete the bottom portion of the marriage license including county, date of marriage, place of ceremony, and signature lines. The person solemnizing the marriage must sign and indicate his/her official title. If solemnized by the bride and groom, both must sign the line for the person(s) solemnizing the marriage and indicate 'bride and groom' on the official title line. The bride and groom must also sign on the lines for the bride and groom in the lower right hand corner.
Witnesses are not required by law. There is no age requirement for a witness.
The person solemnizing the marriage is responsible to return the license to the issuing county clerk's office within sixty days of the ceremony.

Certified Copies of the Marriage License

The marriage license is recorded in the county where issued. The original certificate is mailed to the return address indicated on the marriage license, generally within 1-2 working days. The cost for a certified copy of the marriage license is $1.25

Marriage License Records

Marriage licenses are public information. Only marriage licenses issued by Rio Blanco County are recorded in the county records. Ceremonies may take place in Rio Blanco County with the license recorded in another Colorado county.


Civil Union Licenses
(Effective May 1, 2013)

Locations to apply for Civil Union license:

Clerk & Recorder's Office
PO Box 1067/555 Main St.
Meeker, CO 81641
(970) 878-9460
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Rangely Branch Office
17497 Hwy 64
Rangely, CO 81648
(970) 675-9465
Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm

General Information

Both parties need to be present during office hours to complete the Civil Union application. If one party cannot be present, he or she must complete a Civil Union license application before a notary public prior to the application at the office. The ceremony may take place anywhere within the State of Colorado. The license is valid for 35 days, including the date of issuance. The parties are not required to be Colorado residents to apply for a Civil Union license.

For applicants who have been previously married,or party to a Civil Union must be prepared to supply the date, place and court, if divorced or if there was a dissolution. If deceased, the date, place of death, and the name of spouse/partner will be need to be furnished.

Civil Union Application


Requirements

  • $30.00 application fee.
  • Both parties to the Civil Union must be of age (18 years old).
  • Legal identification is required.

    Valid Driver's License or ID, Passport, or certified copy of birth record.

Restrictions

Couples may not apply for a Civil Union license while still married or a party to a Civil Union with another person. Divorces or dissolution of a Civil Union must be final before application is made.

Civil Unions between ancestor and descendant, brother and sister, uncle and niece, or aunt and nephew, whether the relationship is by half or whole blood, is prohibited. Cousins are permitted to join in a Civil Union in the State of Colorado.

Civil Union Ceremonies

Persons in Colorado authorized by law to certify a Civil Union are: judges, retired judges, magistrates, Indian tribe officials, clergy, and the parties. Clergy do not need to be registered in Colorado and may be from out-of-state.

Although couples may certify their own Civil Union, friends or relatives cannot certify the Civil Union. Friends and relatives may participate in the ceremony, but may not certify the Civil Union. Couples may self-certify their Civil Union in the County Clerk's offices after completion of the application or at any ceremony location and time of their choice.

Completing and Returning the Civil Union License

  • Complete the bottom portion of the Civil Union license including county, date of Civil Union, place of ceremony, and signature lines. The person certifying the Civil Union must sign and indicate his/her official title. If certified by the parties, both must sign the line for the person(s) certifying the Civil Union and indicate Party 1 and Party 2 on the official title line. The parties must also sign on the lines for the Party 1 and Party 2 in the lower right hand corner.
  • Witnesses are not required by law. There is no age requirement for a witness.
  • The person certifying the Civil Union is responsible to return the license to the issuing county clerk's office within 63 (sixty-three) days of the ceremony.

Certified Copies of the Civil Union License

The Civil Union license is recorded in the county where issued. The original certificate is mailed to the return address indicated on the Civil Union license, generally within 1-2 working days. The cost for a certified copy of the Civil Union license is $1.25

Civil Union License Records

Civil Union licenses are public information. Only Civil Union licenses issued by Rio Blanco County are recorded in the county records. Ceremonies may take place in Rio Blanco County with the license recorded in another Colorado county.



VITAL RECORDS



 

The Rio Blanco County Clerk's office provides certified copies of marriage licenses issued in Rio Blanco County.

Call (970) 878-9460 or email: clerk@co.rio-blanco.co.us.

 

Colorado birth and death records may be ordered through the state office:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Vital Records Section 
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South 
HSVRD-VR-A1
Denver, CO 80246-1530 

Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday

Phone: (303) 692-2200
Email: vital.records@state.co.us 
Website: www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPHE-CHEIS/CBON/1251593016787

 

The state website also provides links to obtain vital records from other states.

 

The following area offices offer certified birth copies (in person or via mail for Colorado births):

Garfield County Clerk *
109 8th St., #200
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 384-3700 ext. 4 ~ Fax: (970) 384-3750

Email: amacias@garfield-county.com 
Website: http://www.garfield-county.com/clerk-recorder/index.aspx

 

Mesa County Health Dept.
510 29½ Rd., PO Box 20000
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5033
(970) 248-6900 ~ Fax: (970) 683-6635
Website: http://health.mesacounty.us

 

Moffat County NW CO Visiting Nurses Association
745 Russell St.
Craig, CO 81625
(970) 824-8233 ~ Fax (970) 824-2548

 

These offices provide statewide birth records and death records occurring within their counties.

 

*The Garfield County Clerk's Office provides death records for deaths occurring in Rio Blanco, Pitkin, and Garfield County.   This office accepts credit cards, emailed applications and documentation.

 

 

Colorado births and deaths outside of Rio Blanco County 

Birth and death records in other states


CLERK TO THE BOARD


DEPARTMENT FUNCTION
The County Clerk serves as clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, maintaining complete records of the proceedings and resolutions adopted. The Clerk also serves as the Clerk to the Board of Equalization, providing notification to taxpayers involved. The Clerk oversees the liquor license applications and other permits and licenses requiring Board approval.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MINUTES

Commissioner minutes can be viewed on the County Commissioners page . Minutes will be posted upon approval by the Board of County Commissioners. Minutes and resolutions of the Board of County Commissioners are public records and may be individually searched during business hours.

LIQUOR LICENSES

Application process for a new liquor license


  1. Schedule an appointment with the County Clerk at (970) 878-9460. If the business will be located within the city limits of Meeker or Rangely, the license must be processed through the town. Be prepared to allow 2-3 months for the county and state processing of the license.
  2. Your appointment will include a forms packet for the type of license involved. All applicants complete a standard application form and individual history record. Fingerprints are required along with a criminal history check through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
  3. Schedule an appointment to return all completed forms, fees, and required information. A public hearing will be scheduled before the commissioners at least 10 days after receipt of the completed application.
  4. The proposed liquor license site must be posted at least ten days prior to the hearing date. Our office will supply the sign for posting.
  5. Appear before the Board of County Commissioners at your scheduled hearing prepared to answer any questions concerning your application. If the Board approves your application, it is forwarded to the state for approval and issuance of a liquor license.

Transfer of Ownership

The purchaser of an establishment that already has a liquor license must apply to the county for a transfer of ownership of the license. Steps 1-3 as listed above will need to be followed. The posting and hearing steps are not required with a Transfer of Ownership.

Fees

Both the county and the state collect liquor license fees, so two separate checks will be required; one payable to Rio Blanco County and the other to Colorado Department of Revenue. The fees vary according to the type of license. Click here for list of fees: Rio Blanco Liquor License Fees Resolution

Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division site 

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