Releases of Deeds of Trust and Other Public Trustee Services

Notice: If the borrower believes that a lender or servicer has violated the requirements for a single point of contact in section 38-38-103.1 or the prohibition on dual tracking in section 38-38-103.2, the borrower may file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney General, the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), or both. The filing of a complaint will not stop the foreclosure process.

Releases of Deeds of Trust

In Colorado, the Public Trustee processes releases of Deeds of Trust upon payoff or re-finance of a property loan. Recording the release of the corresponding Deed of Trustee lien signifies that the lien is satisfied.

Title companies, banks and other lending institutions should file their releases of deeds of trust electronically. For information on electronic filing of releases of deeds of trust with the Public Trustee, please contact either Simplifile or Corporation Service Company (formerly Ingeo).

eRecording Services

Procedures for Deed Releases

Documents required for processing a release of deed of trust are:

  • Release of Deed of Trust form, signed and notarized 
  • Deed of Trust, original or copy
  • Promissory Note, the original document only, marked “paid” or “cancelled” 

Certified mail is recommended for documents submitted by U.S. mail.

Visit the Forms and Fees page to download appropriate forms for the release of deed of trust and view the current costs for filing, recording and additional pages.

All completed releases are recorded and become public documents searchable in Denver's recorded document database.

Other Services

Installment Land Contracts

The Denver Public Trustee accepts monthly payments into escrow accounts for real estate taxes on properties sold under installment land contracts.

Escrow account balances are transferred to the Denver Treasury Division each April. The annual escrow fee can be found on the Forms and Fees page.

To set up payments for an installment land contract, send an email to, with "Installment Land Contract" in the subject line. Please include your name and phone number.