Meet The Clerk & Recorder Team
The 2020 Custer County General Election will be held on Tuesday November 3rd, 2020. All elections will be mail ballot elections. This means that everyone who is an active voter will automatically receive their ballot in the mail. Ballots cannot be forwarded, so if you plan on being out of town during the election, make sure that we have a mailing address so that we can send your ballot to you.
If you do not wish to vote using your mail ballot, you may surrender that ballot to the Clerk’s Office and vote on the voting machine.
You may register to vote several different ways. You can go online to www.govotecolorado.gov and register to vote or update your voter information. Or you can download a voter registration form HERE or HERE fill it out and either bring it by our office; mail it to Custer County Clerk, PO Box 150, Westcliffe, CO 81252-0150; or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadlines for voter registration
Voters may register to vote up to and on Election Day as long as they have resided in the State of Colorado for at least 22 days.
If you register electronically at www.govotecolorado.gov or mail your registration, we must receive it no later than Monday October 26, 2020 in order for you to receive your ballot in the mail. After that date, you will need to come in to the Voter Service and Polling Center, at the Court House, in order to pick up your ballot or vote on the voting machine.
Date ballots will be mailed -
To military and overseas voters (UOCAVA) – September 18, 2020
To all other voters - Between October 9 - 16, 2020
Last day to receive a ballot by mail – October 26, 2020
Lost or damaged ballots
If your ballot gets lost or damaged you may get a replacement ballot at the Voter Service and Polling Center. For information, call 719-783-2441.
Return your ballot to:
Ballots can be mailed or brought in to the County Clerk's Office and deposited in the ballot box. You can deposit your ballot in the ballot box during regular business hours Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Additionally, there is a secure ballot drop off box, located by the back entrance to the Court House, for the ease of after-hours drop-off. The Voter Service and Polling Center, at the Custer County Court House, will open on Monday, October 19, 2020. It will be open during regular business hours, plus one Saturday, October 31 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The ballot drop–off location in Wetmore is located on 95 County Rd. 393, at the Wetmore Community Building. Coming soon - an "Official, wall mounted, Ballot Drop Box" for your convenience
Please make sure to sign the back of your return envelope.
Military and overseas voter rights are protected by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). These are voters who are U.S. military personnel and their family members; or U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States either temporarily or permanently. UOCAVA voting information can be found on the Colorado Secretary of State website or on the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
If you have a valid Colorado driver's license or ID card, you can register to vote or update your voting information by going to govotecolorado.gov. If not, then you can go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program and download a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to fill out. You can submit your FPCA to us by mail to Custer County Clerk, PO Box 150, Westcliffe, CO 81252;by fax to 719-783-2885; or email to email@example.com.
UOCAVA voters have several options to vote. You can receive your ballot in the mail, by fax or email. Ballots for the 2020 Custer County Primary Election will go out to UOCAVA voters on Friday, September 18, 2020. If returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than November 3, 2020 and received in our office by November 12, 2020. If you chose the online voting method, you can fax your ballot and affidavit and cover sheet to 719-783-2885, go to the secure ballot site myballot.sos.colorado.gov or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military and Overseas Voters
2020 Custer County General Election
November 3, 2020
VSPC (Voter Service and Polling Center) location
Custer County Clerk's Office
205 S. 6th Street
Westcliffe, CO 81252
The Voter Service and Polling Center will be open, beginning October 19, 2020:
Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday October 31, 2020 8:00am - 12:00pm
Tuesday November 3, 2020 7:00am - 7:00pm
At the VSPC you can drop off your ballot or get a replacement ballot.
If you don't wish to use your mail-in ballot, you can vote on the voting machine instead starting October 19, 2020 during our regular business hours. You can also come in and update your voter record.
Wetmore Ballot Drop-Off Location
Wetmore Community Center
95 County Road 393
Coming Soon - An "Official, wall mounted, Ballot Drop Box!"
Voter Service and Polling Info
2020 Custer County General Election
November 3, 2020 - 7am-7pm
The ballot you will receive depends on the voting precinct you are registered in and whether you are registered within the towns of Silver Cliff or Westcliffe. Call the clerk's office at 783-2441 if you are unsure of which ballot applies to you. The sample ballots are available in PDF format.
2020 Primary Election
Tuesday March 3rd, 2020
Disclaimer: The election results presented below are not intended to be the official election tally results. To obtain the final official results, please contact the Custer County Clerk's office.
Please visit Colorado Election Night Reporting for State Wide results.
GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE
AND CIVIL UNION IN COLORADO
A license to marry in Colorado may be obtained during regular business hours, in accordance with the requirements outlined below. The license is valid upon issue and must be used in Colorado within 35 days. The fee is $30.00.
18 and older - No parental consent is required
16 and 17 - Consent of both parents, or parent having legal custody, legal guardian, or judicial approval is required.
Younger than 16 - Consent as listed above AND judicial approval (court order) are required. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Both parties must furnish valid ID.
Listed are valid forms of ID:
BLOOD TEST REQUIREMENTS
As of July 1, 1989 blood tests are NOT required for either party in the State of Colorado.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS
Social Security Numbers ARE required on marriage license applications (C.R.S. 14-14-113).
If a party does not have a Social Security Number, the Affidavit Concerning Social Security Number must be completed and submitted at time of application for a marriage license. It may be signed and notarized in advance or signed in front of the County Clerk or Deputy County Clerk at the time of application.
PROHIBITED MARRIAGES / CIVIL UNIONS
One of the parties is still married to another person - all divorces must be final.
Marriage between the following is prohibited regardless of whether the relationship is by half or whole blood:
ancestor and descendant
brother and sister
uncle and niece
aunt and nephew
Marriage between cousins IS PERMITTED in Colorado.
Civil union licenses are issued to male/female couples or couples of the same sex
Marriage license applications issued by another state are NOT valid for solemnization in Colorado.
Witnesses are NOT required in Colorado. Some clergy, judges, or public officials may request them.
Both parties must complete and sign the marriage application form. At least ONE of the parties must apply IN PERSON. If one of the parties cannot appear in person, he/she MUST complete an Absentee Affidavit with a notarized signature and provide a copy of valid identification showing proof of age of the absent party.
If either party has been divorced, he/she must recite the date the divorce was finalized, city and state divorce took place, and the type of court. A divorce decree is not required at the time of completing the marriage application.
A couple already married, who wish to renew their marriage vows may obtain a license by stating that they are married to each other.
Applicants for a marriage license need not be Colorado residents.
Couples themselves may solemnize their own marriage (C.R.S. 14-2-109). Marriages can also be solemnized by judges, retired judges, magistrates, public officials authorized to perform marriages, or in accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by a religious denomination or Indian Tribe or Nation. Not anyone can solemnize a marriage. Although the couple may solemnize their own marriage, that does not mean a friend or relative, who is not otherwise authorized to perform marriages can solemnize their marriage. Clergy from out-of-state need NOT be registered in Colorado.
The person solemnizing the marriage shall complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the Clerk & Recorder's Office within sixty days (60) after solemnizing the marriage. Any person who fails to forward the marriage certificate to the Clerk & Recorder's Office shall be required to pay a $20.00 LATE FEE AND AN ADDITIONAL $ 5.00 LATE FEE may be assessed for each additional day of failure up to a maximum of $50.00.
Please return the completed marriage license to:
Custer County Clerk & Recorder
PO Box 150
Westcliffe, CO 81252
The marriage certificate must include the county and location where the marriage took place, the date of the marriage, the officiating party's signature and the title along with the bride and groom's signatures.
Document Recording Fees
The Recording Department is responsible for the recording of real estate information, military discharges, and any other information where there is a need for a public record.
Records and Recording of Documents: Information and Fees
By law, the Clerk is not allowed to do searches. (C.R.S. 30-10-101)(2.5)(C)
There is no charge to search records on file in this office. Searches may be done during our regular office hours.
Standard page (legal or letter) photocopy of records that are maintained in the public records computer software system is .25 per page. Public records that are not on the computer system are $1.25 per copy. (Per Resolution 2008-2, adopted by the BOCC on January 31,2008). Oversized documents (not letter or legal size), such as maps, plats, and other similar documents: $5.00 per page.
Standard Documents (8 ½" X 11" or 8 ½" X 14"): $13.00 for the first page plus $5.00 for each additional page. A page is considered to be one side of a document only.
Oversized Documents (larger than 8 ½" X 14"): $13.00 for the first page plus $10.00 for each additional page. A page is considered to be one side of a document only.
Federal Tax Liens and any documents related to Federal Tax Liens: $8.00 regardless of number of pages.
State Tax Liens and Release of Tax Liens (only if submitted by the State): No charge for recording.
Mining Claims: $8.00 for the first page plus $5.00 for each additional page. Any document containing the name of a claim requires an additional .25 per claim name mentioned.
UCC: $13.00 for one to two pages. $16.00 for three or more pages.
Deposited Survey Plats: $20.00 per page.
Plat Maps: $10.00 per page.
DD214: There are no fees for recording DD214's. Certified copies requested for military benefits are free of charge.
State Documentary Fee
A documentary fee is due along with recording fees when property is transferred from seller to buyer. If the purchase price is $500.00 or more documentary fee is due. If the purchase price is less than $500.00 no documentary fee is due. Documentary fee is calculated at .10 for every one thousand dollars of the purchase price.
The Custer County Motor Vehicle Department is responsible for vehicle registration, titling and issuing license plates. A form of identification may also be required if a title or duplicate title is to be printed in the office.
Fees are required at time of registration of any vehicle. Fees are based on several factors, such as: type of plate requested, date of purchase, weight of vehicle, year of vehicle, manufacturers suggested retail price or taxable value of vehicle.
Proof of Insurance is required at the time of registering a vehicle. In 1998, HB1213 was enacted. This law which was effective July 1999, request that the County Clerk and Recorder's Office deny vehicle registration if proof of insurance is not provided. This law was enacted to ensure that Colorado motorists comply with the mandatory auto insurance laws. The intent of the law is to reduce the rising number of uninsured drivers and vehicles in Colorado. Accepted forms of proof of insurance are:
A letter from your insurance agent or insurer on company letterhead verifying insurance coverage.
The declaration page from the insurance policy.
An insurance binder or policy.
An insurance card for your vehicle.
Any of the above forms of proof of insurance must include:
The effective dates of coverage.
The vehicle identification number.
The make and year of the vehicle.
The date of expiration.
Proof of insurance is also required on a temporary permit.
Effective July 1, 2006, Secure and Verifiable Identification is required for most motor vehicle transaction. The following types of identification are considered secure and verifiable:
Any Colorado driver license, Colorado driver permit or Colorado identification card expired one year or less. (Temporary paper license with invalid Colorado driver's license, Colorado driver's permit or Colorado identification card, expired one year or less, is acceptable.)
Out of state issued photo driver's license, photo identification card or photo driver's permit expired one year of less.
U.S. Passport expired less than ten years.
Valid foreign passport with I-94 or valid processed for I551 stamps.
Valid I551 Resident Alien/Permanent Resident Card. No border crosser or USA B1/B2 Visa/BCC cards.
Valid 1688 Temporary Resident, I688B and I766 Employment Authorization Card with intact photo.
Valid U.S. Military I.D. (active duty, dependent, retired, Reserve and National Guard).
Tribal Identification Card with intact photo (U.S. or Canadian).
Certificate of naturalization with intact photo.
Certificate of U.S. Citizenship with intact photo.
Sales tax is based on the purchase price of a vehicle and the owner's resident address that is used on the title assignment or title work done by the dealership. All residents of Custer County will pay 2.9% state sales tax on the purchase price of the vehicle along with a 2% county use tax. If you live in the city limits of Silver Cliff, you will pay an additional 2% use tax. If both the buyer and seller live within the city limits of Westcliffe a 2% city sales tax will also be due.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Our office also accepts personal checks.
Special Mobile Machinery
Basic Information on Special Mobile Machinery:
Special Mobile Machinery vehicles are of a design commonly used in the construction business. These vehicles, self propelled or otherwise, and are not designed to transport persons or cargo over the public highways.
Motor vehicles which have been redesigned or modified with attachment of SMM (over 500 pounds), and this attachment becomes an essential part of the operation for which the vehicle was intended, will be classified a Special Mobile Machinery.
If the SMM equipment is used solely on property owned or leased by the SMM owner, the equipment must be registered on the personal property tax schedule filed with the County Assessor or the County Motor Vehicle Department.
If the SMM equipment is used in a business and is moved from one job site to another, whether pulled, hauled, or driven, the equipment must be registered in the county where the equipment is housed. It must be registered through the County Motor Vehicle Department.
SMM REGISTRATION EXEMPTIONS:
SMM equipment owned by the United States Government or agency thereof.
SMM equipment that is used solely on property owned or leased by the SMM owner, and appears on the personal property tax schedule filed with the County Assessor.
Tow dollies and converter gears/converter dollies are not required to be registered in Colorado.
Equipment weighing 500 pounds or less.
Farm equipment not being used commercially.
SMM Equipment that is titled:
Titling is mandatory for SMM equipment, which is constructed on a truck or trailer chassis and is designed and intended to be used over the highway. The addition of the SMM, either through manufacture or modification, will cause the final vehicle to be classified as SMM. The body style of the SMM should be that of the chassis on which it is mounted, truck or trailer. This category includes complete vehicles, which have been redesigned or modified by addition of equipment.
SMM equipment that has wheels mounted directly to the machinery shall be titled as trailers and registered as SMM.
Vehicles that run on their own power such as: road graders, back hoes, fork lifts, scrapers, front end loaders and caterpillars, etc. are not titled because they are not built on a chassis that is designed and intended to be used over the highway.
SMM REGISTRATION CATEGORIES
Equipment mounted on a truck or trailer chassis must be titled and registered. One of the following documents is required to register all NON-TITLED SMM equipment:
Title or MSO
Bill of Sale
Affidavit of Ownership
Previous owner's registration with proof of purchase
In order to register the equipment properly, you need to know the year, make, model, VIN or serial number, purchase date and purchase price.
SMM equipment which is constructed on a truck or trailer chassis that is designed and intended to be used over the highway.
Permanently mounted to a trailer
Pulled or driven over the highways
Vehicle with permanently mounted SMM equipment must have the same manufacture year
Office trailer 8 ½ feet wide or less
A vehicle with attached SMM equipment, that transports cargo other than the tools to service the unit, can't be issued an SMM plate.
SMM equipment on tracks or a specifically built chassis for specialized construction jobs.
Self propelled with tracks
Always hauled to destination
Office trailer 8 ½ feet wide and over - oversized permit must be obtained from CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation)
SMM equipment mounted to a truck or trailer different from the manufacture year.
Custer County Clerk
Motor Vehicle Supervisor
The County Clerk and Recorder is a Constitutional Officer, elected to a four-year term.
The Clerk and Recorder is the ex-officio recorder of deeds, Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, the authorized agent for the State Department of Revenue and is charged with the responsibility of carrying out the state laws relating to motor vehicles, certification of automobile titles and motor vehicle registrations and the Chief Elections Officer for the county. Custer County's records date back to 1877.
The Clerk has on record real estate titles, deeds of general assignments, easements, judgments, decrees, federal tax liens, certificates of incorporation, inheritance tax liens and various other documents.
The County Clerk issues and records all marriage licenses allowed by law.
According to the State Constitution, the Clerk and Recorder is officially responsible for recording all official actions and minutes of the Board of County Commissioners. The Clerk and Recorder is responsible for processing all liquor licenses that are issued by the Board of County Commissioners for the establishments located in unincorporated Custer County. The Clerk and Recorder records all special meetings, the Board of Equalization meetings, and the meetings for the Board of County Commissioners. County budgets, county warrants, county expenditures and Board of Equalization meeting records are kept by the Clerk to the Board.
The Clerk records all DD214 service discharge papers for military personal free of charge. A written request form and a picture I.D. must now accompany all requests for copies of DD214's. Copies will only be distributed to the veteran listed or to their next of kin. Lawyers, doctors, historians, etc. may request copies of a DD214 with a signed authorization form from the veteran or next of kin.
The Custer County Clerk and Recorder's Office is located in the County Courthouse building at 205 South 6th Street, Westcliffe, CO. 81252.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.