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Colorado Open Records Act (CORA)

Colorado Open Records Act (CORA)

What is CORA?

“CORA” stands for “Colorado Open Records Act”.  In the spirit of open government, the Colorado Open Records Act requires that most public records be available to the public.  Anyone can request information that is in the possession of a government office.  24- 72 (C.R.S.)

Where do I submit my records request?

You must submit your request to the custodian of the record - the government office that actually holds the record itself.  There is no central repository for public records or single office that fulfills public records requests in Colorado.  If you don’t know how to contact a person from the appropriate office, call the government entity and ask how to submit your request.

To request records in possession of the Saguache County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, send a written request by mail, fax, or email to:

Saguache County Clerk and Recorder

PO Box 176      501 4th St

Saguache CO 81149

Fax:  719-655-2730

Do all open records requests go through the Saguache County Clerk’s Office?

No.  An open records request needs to be filed directly with the appropriate government office or the custodian of the records that you want to see.  Other agencies may have different processes for open records requests, so contact the office ahead of time to review its process.

Do I have to submit a CORA request with the Saguache County Clerk’s Office to get information?

No.  It is the intent of our office to provide records to the public without requiring a CORA request.

Before making a CORA request, contact our office to request information from our staff.  Many documents are already available to the public.  We would be more than happy to help you access these filings without asking you to make a CORA request.

Clip's from the Clerk - Inspire Colorado

Clip’s from the Clerk
By Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

Inspire Colorado

An organization named Inspire Colorado has joined our efforts for nonpartisan voter registration through our schools.  Inspire Colorado Program Coordinators train and support juniors and seniors in high schools to conduct nonpartisan peer-to-peer voter registration drives in their schools with the goal of registering to vote 85% of eligible seniors.  Their goal is to amplify the youth voice by increasing voter turnout among young adults through nonpartisan voter registration, education and student engagement with elected officials.

Inspire Colorado provides civic experience for high school juniors and seniors; transforming young leaders’ inspiration into action that improves our communities and strengthens our democracy.

Inspire Colorado Experience:

  • Lead official voter registration efforts in high schools.
  • Engage peers in Get Out The Vote (GOTV).
  • Meet with lawmakers and community organizations tackling some of Colorado’s most pressing problems.
  • Plan with peers to earn the Eliza Pickrell Routt Award.


-Inspire Colorado is a nonpartisan program of Inspire U.S., a 501(c)(3) organization.

-Works with more than 30 Colorado High Schools.

-Approved by NASSP.

-Supports peer-to-peer voter registration and mobilization efforts in high schools.

-Trained more than 80 juniors and seniors as Inspired Leaders.

-Registered and pledge to vote 4,200 young people in 2 years.

-Organized candidate and elected official forums, a U.S. Senator debate as well as school visits by state representatives, senators and the Colorado Secretary of State.

Nominate a student for the program at www.inspire-usa.org/nominate.  Interested students can apply directly at www.inspire-usa.org/2017_application.


Have you ever heard someone say, “That cost me two bucks!”?  How did dollars ever get the nickname “bucks”?

A male deer is called a buck.  Many pioneers hunted bucks.  They ate the deer meat and kept the deerskins.  Some deerskins were used to make clothes.  The rest of the deerskins were sold.  The hunters were given a dollar for each skin of a buck.  Many times the hunters had to trade their deerskins for a dollar’s or a buck’s worth of supplies.

Thus, pioneers started calling a dollar a “buck”.

So . . . the moral of the story - get INSPIRED now.  It won’t even cost you a “buck”!

Clip's from the Clerk - County can now Issue Exempt Military Plates

Clip’s from the Clerk
By Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

County Issued Exempt Military Plates

As of February 1, 2018, we have been able to process what many refer to as “free” plates.  This is really a wonderful new service for our citizens.

Many Military-themed Plates offer a qualified individual a Fee-Exempt Registration for their first set of these plates, referred to as Exempt Military Plates.  Previously, these Exempt Military License Plates were issued only by the State.  Saguache County can now issue these plates.  The plates below no longer require an authorization from Title & Registration Section.  Each Plate Type is eligible for Persons with Disabilities plate versions.

  • Air Force Cross
  • Silver Star
  • Disabled Veteran
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Distinguished Service Flying Cross
  • Former Prisoner of War
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • Medal of Honor
  • Navy Cross
  • Purple Heart
  • World War II Veteran

Requirements for an Exempt Military License Plate include:

  • Ownership documents or Title
  • Proof of current valid insurance
  • The First Plate per Applicant is waived all Ownership Taxes/License Fees
  • Submit a completed DR2002 Military License Plate Application
  • Second and subsequent issuance of Military Plates in which a new plate is issued will be assessed a one-time additional Special Plate Fee of $50.00, in addition to all License Fees and Ownership Tax

The Exempt  Military Plates must still meet the qualification requirements per C.R.S. 42-3-213(1)(b)(I)(A)(B)(C)(D)(E)(F)(I)

  • Exempt Military Plates cannot be Personalized
  • Exempt Military Plates can be issued to Passenger, Motorcycles, Farm Trucks, Motor Home and Light Trucks and Recreational Vehicles (that do not exceed 16,000 lbs. empty weight).
  • Disabled Veteran and Disabled Veteran Handicap Plates require an eligibility letter stating that the veteran meets one of the following:
    • Permanent service connected disability rated at 50% or more, or
    • Loss or permanent loss of use of one or both feet, or
    • Loss or permanent loss of one or both hands, or
    • Loss of sight in both eyes
    • Verification of the Qualification need to be in writing from the Veterans Administration, or the Branch of Service (on Official Military Stationary) from which the veteran’s compensation is received
    • Disabled Veteran Handicap applicant must submit a DR2219 Parking Privileges Application
    • Honorable Discharge from a branch of the Armed Services of the United States can be proved with a copy of the DD214 or other discharge documents issued by the Armed Services of the United States

Clips From the Clerk 1/26/2018

CLIPS from the CLERK
BY Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder
Saguache County VOTES!
According to the Webster dictionary, a vote is a decision by one or more persons on a proposal, resolution, bill, etc., or a choice between candidates for office, expressed by written ballot, voice, show of hands, etc.
Voting is a PRIVILEGE.  Voting is your LEGAL RIGHT.  Voting is your RESPONSIBILITY.
In an effort to offer every eligible citizen of Saguache County the ability to vote, an invitation was sent to each school in our county inviting them to participate in the voter registration award program offered by the Secretary of State’s Office.
Background information for the voter registration award:
Eliza Pickrell Routt, with her husband, John Routt, settled in Colorado on the brink of its statehood in 1875.  John Routt would be elected the first Governor, making Eliza Pickrell Routt the first, First Lady of Colorado.  In this role, she dedicated herself to building a structured community with equal rights for women.  She joined the Non-Partisan Suffrage Association of Colorado and served as president of the City League of Denver branch.  In honor of her commitment to getting suffrage passed, Routt was the first woman registered to vote in Colorado.
In honor of Eliza Pickrell Routt’s dedication to voting equality, the Secretary of State’s office has created the Eliza Pickrell Routt Award.  This award is given to high schools that have 85% of eligible seniors registered to vote.
Voter Registration
Eligibility Requirements:
            *At least 16 years old, though they cannot vote until they are 18
            *Citizen of the United States
            *Resident of Colorado for 22 days before the election
There are several ways a person can register to vote.
  • In person at the county clerk’s office
  • By mail (including fax and email)
  • At a Driver’s License Office
  • At a voter registration agency (Human Services office, WIC office, disability office, etc.)
  • In person at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) up through election day
  • Through a Voter Registration Drive (VRD)
  • At a high school
  • Online at GoVoteColorado.com to register to vote and/or update your voter registration
  • Other offices such as Post Offices, municipal clerk’s offices, libraries, etc.
Jane, Desiree, Ben and I are here to help should you have any problems.  Please call 719-655-2512 or stop by between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday, except Holidays.
This year we will have both a Primary Election and a General Election.  We urge everyone to please exercise your right to vote.  Help make Saguache County the place of choice to live, work, play and grow in the Southern Region of Colorado.

Clips From The Clerk 1/23/2018

BY Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder
Online Motor Vehicle Renewal Instructions
Our new service for online motor vehicle renewals went live on January 21, 2018.  Here are some helpful tips.  To begin with you will need:
  • Your license plate number. Once you enter your plate number, you will have an opportunity to view non-eligible license plates.
  • Credit Card or checking account.
  • A valid email address.
  • Current insurance.
Please make sure that you go to the official site: www.colorado.gov\renewplates.    Beware that there are “scalper” sites that charge an additional fee to use their web site.  Keep in mind that should you accidentally use one of those sites; neither the state nor county can refund your money.
Basically, the transaction needs to be a “perfect” renewal.  You can’t change your address and your insurance must be current in the system. 
The great news is, this is a 24/7 service!

eRecording is Available!

The main focus of recording is the maintenance and integrity of the Saguache County Public Land Records which date back to the 1800’s.  Our duties include recording and imaging documents for permanent public record; providing a grantor/grantee index for search and retrieval of recorded documents and providing copies of those documents to the public upon request.
Documents typically recorded in our office include but are not limited to:
  • Deeds (warranty, quit claim, beneficiary, personal representative, etc.)
  • Deeds of Trust and Mortgages
  • Plats and Land Surveys
  • Easements and Covenants
  • Liens and Transcripts of Judgment
  • Marriage and Civil Union Licenses
  • Military Discharge Records
The Saguache County Clerk & Recorder’s Office offers eRecording services.  Electronically submitting documents for recording increases speed and security and decreases costs, when compared to traditional mail submissions. 
Online document recording is encouraged for anyone who records multiple documents frequently.  If you are interested in this service please contact one of the vendors below.
  • CSC eRecording Solutions   866-652-0111
  • SIMPLIFILE                         800-460-5657
  • Indecomm Global Services 651-415-9361

Saguache County Clerk & Recorder's Office will be Closed on....

The Saguache County Clerk & Recorder's Office for Motor Vehicle and Recording departments only, will be CLOSED for the Primary Election on June  26, 2018 and also for the General Election on November 6, 2018. The Voter Service & Polling Center (VSPC)will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Sorry for any inconvenience.