The main purpose of the County Addressing Project is to make access easy to pinpoint for emergency responders and citizens. Inaccuracies in addressing can result in difficulties with emergency services, utility connections, package deliveries, UPS, FedEx, etc.
It is important for 911 services and mail delivery to have your address numbers posted at your driveway entrance.
Reflective address markers are available at the Cortez Fire Protection District at a cost of $30.00. Located at 31 N Washington St., Cortez, CO 81321; Phone Number (970) 565-3157.
The preferred installation is on the gate/fence post at the access location. All in-ground markers require contacting the Utility Notification Center or 811 BEFORE markers can be installed in-ground.
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Thursday, CLOSED NOON – 12:30 PM DAILY
Why are addresses being changed? In 2008 The Montezuma County Board of Commissioners saw a need for a more uniform addressing system throughout the whole of Montezuma County. As address numbers within many sections of roads are out of sequence or the properties are otherwise misaddressed to the point that 911 emergency responders frequently have difficulty in finding such addresses in a timely manner. All address corrections are to make property accesses more easily located.
The secondary purpose of the project is to make certain that, in the future as the county experiences growth, new address numbers will correctly fit into the existing address number range within each section of each county road.
Who is doing the address corrections?
The Montezuma County Addressing Office.
109 W Main St, Room 282
Cortez, CO 81321
Phone (970) 564-4169
Will ALL address numbers on county roads be changed? No. All addresses in Montezuma County will be analyzed, and we will correct as few addresses as necessary to keep a logical and safe numbering system within the county.
Doesn’t the County realize that correcting each person’s address will be a hassle? Yes, the County understands and regrets that each address change may have a considerable, but temporary, impact upon each property owner and their renter or lessees. Please remember that this project is for public safety and changes will be made only when absolutely necessary.
If my address is changing can I choose my new address number? No. Address numbers are assigned to a property’s driveway or access point. This will give the best information to emergency responders and others to locate access as fast and as easily as possible.
Will addresses be affected in municipalities such as Cortez, Dolores, And Mancos? No. The scope of the re-addressing project only covers the rural, unincorporated areas of Montezuma County.
How long do I have to change my address? The Post Office will forward mail from your previous address for one (1) year from the time they receive the electronic notification. The change of your physical address in the Assessor’s Office will take effect immediately.
Who do I need to contact about the address change? Each individual will have a unique set of people to contact.
If you own rental property it is the owner’s responsibility to notify any and all renters or lessees.
You will not need to notify the Post Office as address corrections are sent electronically to the Local and the Addressing Management System of the USPS.
You are required to notify the Colorado DMV and County Clerk’s Office to update Drivers license, Voting and Motor Vehicle registrations
Colorado DMV Cortez Office-(970) 565-9779 There is no charge for an address change unless renewing your current license.
County Clerk and Recorder-(970) 565-3728 Motor Vehicle Registration there will is no charge for an address change unless renewing.
Montezuma County Assessor’s Office-(970) 565-3428 You may wish to review the address your tax bill is being sent to
Montezuma County notifies 911 services, USPS, Empire Electric, Propane Distributors, Montezuma Water Co., Gas Companies, Landline Telephone companies, as well as UPS and Fed-X to help with the address change process as much as possible.
Who does Montezuma County contact with the address changes?
Cortez Fire Prevention Fire Chief
United States Postal Service
Mancos School District
Montezuma Water Company
City of Cortez
Fraley & Company
High Desert Conservation
Montezuma County Environmental Health (septic)
Montezuma County Assessor’s