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UPDATED September 18, 2017

Enforcing your Out-of-State order in Colorado

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If you are planning to move to Colorado or are going to be in Colorado for any reason, your protection or restraining order can be enforced.

Registering your out-of-state order in Colorado

back to topWhat is the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Registry? Who has access to it?

The National Crime Information Center Registry (NCIC) is a nationwide, electronic database used by law enforcement agencies in the U.S, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It is managed by the FBI and state law enforcement officials.

Before moving to Colorado, the state that issued your protection order may already have entered your order into the NCIC. If not, your order may be entered into the NCIC once your order is registered in CO.

Note: Most law enforcement officials have access to the NCIC, but the information is encrypted so outsiders cannot access it.

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back to topDo I have to register my protection order in Colorado to get it enforced?

No, you are not required to register your order to get it enforced. Colorado state law gives full protection to an out-of-state protection order as long as you or someone else can show the police officer a copy of your protection order and you can truthfully tell him or her that the order is still good.*

A peace officer can enforce an out-of-state protection order that appears to be an authentic court order that has been provided to the peace officer by you or by any other source.  If you do not have a copy of your protection order, the officer can still enforce your order as long as s/he can verify it through the central protection order registry in Colorado, the National Crime Information Center Registry (NCIC), or through communication with appropriate authorities.*  You can read more about the NCIC under the question What is the NCIC? Who has access to it?

* Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-14-110(4)

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back to topWill the abuser be notified if I register my protection order?

Some courts in Colorado will notify the abuser if you register your Protection Order. If you fear that your abuser may try to locate you in Colorado, you may wish to consult a local domestic violence advocate to find out whether your county court will notify your abuser.

You can find contact information for local domestic violence organizations in CO on our CO State and Local Programs page.

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back to topWhat if I don't register my protection order? Will it be more difficult to have it enforced?

Maybe. While neither federal law nor state law requires that you register your protection order in order to get it enforced, if your order is not registered, it may be more difficult for a CO law enforcement official to determine whether your order is real. Meaning, it could take longer to get your order enforced.

If you are unsure about whether registering your order is the right decision for you, you may want to contact a local domestic violence organization in your area. An advocate there can help you decide what the safest plan of action is for you in Colorado. To see a list of local domestic violence organizations in CO, go to our CO State and Local Programs page.

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back to topDoes it cost anything to register my protection order?

 No. There is no fee for registering your out-of-state protection order in Colorado.

 

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