The Clerk & Recorder's Office offers eRecording and monthly subscriptions to search our real estate records, images, and prints. Images are online back to 1965. Contact our office for more information.

Otero County is currently in the process of digitizing our oldest records and will soon be available online.

Recording Information


Marriage License

Any person wishing to get married may obtain a marriage license through the Clerk & Recorder's office. The fee is $30 and the license must be used within 30 days of issue. Identification is required. 

The marriage license you purchase may be used anywhere in the State of Colorado but will be recorded in the County in which you purchase it.

At least one of the parties being married must be present to purchase the license, and will have to have an affidavit signed and notarized from the party that is not present. Download the absentee affidavit for a marriage license form by clicking on the button below.


To search Colorado Vital Statistics such as Marriages, Births, Deaths, and Genealogy, click here.

New Recording Fees (1/1/17)

As a result of the passing of SB16-115, Colorado recording fees will be calculated as follows:

  • $13 for the first page and $5 for each additional page for all recorded documents
  • The new recording fee will go into effect on January 1, 2017

If you have questions, please contact the Colorado County Clerk’s Association, or contact your local county recording office.

Recording Online

Otero County has been busy digitizing our old real estate recordings. From Grantor/Grantee indexes to the old instrument books, we have all of the records including indexes from 1993 forward on the website Access is available for $25; daily or monthly subscriptions are also available. For more information please call the Otero County Clerk's office.  

eRecording, meaning that you can record instruments digitally is also available.  There are several eRecording Vendors available to help.  One that has contacted us asking to place a link on our website is CSC eRecording. We will be happy to add more links for eRecording Vendors as we receive their information.

Designated Beneficiary Agreements


Effective July 1, 2009: HB1260 A person named as a designated beneficiary in a Designated Beneficiary Agreement shall be entitled to exercise the rights and protections specified in the agreement by virtue of having been so named.

Beneficiary Agreement entitles the right to acquire, hold title to, own jointly, or transfer real property as joint tenants with right of survivorship or as tenants in common;

The right to be designated as a beneficiary, payee, or owner as a trustee named in an trust for the purposes of nonprobate transfer on death;

For the purposes of being designated as a beneficiary and recognized as a dependent on insurances, pensions, retirement funds, medical power of attorneys, etc.

Must be recorded at a local County Clerk's office in the County of residence of at least one of the parties to the agreement.