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Getting married in Colorado

IMPORTANT NOTE: Marriage laws and license requirements change continually, so please check the latest information with your local marriage license bureau office or county clerk's office before making your wedding or travel plans, and before inviting your guests.

Both male and female applicants must appear in person to complete and sign the marriage application.

If one party cannot appear due to illness, is out of state, or incarcerated, he or she must obtain an ABSENTEE APPLICATION from the Clerk and Recorder’s office. The party applying must bring the absentee application along with identification for the absent party. ABSENTEE APPLICATIONS MUST BE NOTARIZED.

Who may apply for a marriage license

Applicants need not be residents of Colorado.

The legal age without parental consent is 18 years of age. Ages 16 and 17 require parental consent from both parents. If one parent is sole custodian of the minor; a divorce decree stating custody rights or a death certificate must be presented at the time of applying for the license. If one or both of the parents cannot appear at the time of applying for the license, an absentee application may be completed and notarized ahead of time. This is to be presented when the marriage license is issued. If these do not apply, judicial approval is then required. Applicants 15 years of age or younger, must obtain a court order granting judicial approval as well as complying with the above requirements. The court order must be obtained in the county where judicial approval has been granted.

Marriage between cousins is permitted in the State of Colorado.

Common-law marriage

Common-law marriage is legal in Colorado. A common-law marriage may be established by proving cohabitation and a reputation of being married.

ID requirements

Acceptable forms for proof of age are as follows: Drivers License, Passport, Visa, Birth Certificate, Military ID, or state issued ID Card.

A social security number must be given when applying for a license. If either party does not have a social security number, they must sign an affidavit when applying for the license.

Previous marriages

If either party has finalized a divorce within 30 days of applying for the marriage license, the final decree must be produced. This decree must be signed by the judge or court referee. If the divorce has been final more than 30 days, divorce information must be given regarding date of divorce, place of divorce and court in which the divorce was finalized.

Blood tests and other tests

Blood tests are not required.

Marriage ceremonies and witnesses

A marriage license may be issued in any county and used in any county in the State of Colorado.

The state of Colorado does not require a witness. If you choose to have a witness, there is no age limit on the witness.

Officiants

A marriage may be solemnized by a judge of a court of record, a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, or in accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious denomination or Indian nation or tribe.

As of August 1993, a couple themselves can solemnize their own marriage.

The marriage certificate form should be sent to the county clerk and recorder within sixty days of the marriage.

Fees

Fee for a marriage license is $30. Cash Only. No Credit Cards or Checks Accepted.

Waiting period

The license is issued the day it is applied for and may be used immediately.

Validity of license

The license must be used within 30 days from the date of issue.

Copy of marriage certificate

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80346-1530
Telephone: (303) 692-2234

For more information

Here is a list of county clerk offices in Colorado:

Adams County Clerk
Brighton, CO
303.654.6020
Garfield County Clerk
Glenwood Spring, CO
970.945.2377
Otero County Clerk
La Junta, CO
719.383.3020
Alamosa County Clerk
Alamosa, CO
719.589.6681
Gilpin County Clerk
Central City, CO
303.582.5321
Ouray County Clerks
Ouray, CO
970.325.4961
Arapahoe County Clerk
Littleton, CO
303.795.4520
Grand County Clerk
Hot Sulpher Spring, CO
303.725.3347
Park County Clerk
Fairplay, CO
719.836.2771
Archuleta County Clerk
Pagosa Springs, CO
970.264.5633
Gunnison County Clerk
Gunnison, CO
970.641.1516
Phillips County Clerk
Holyoke, CO
970.854.3131
Bent County Clerk
Las Animas, CO
719.456.2009
Huerfano County Clerk
Wallsenburg, CO
719.738.2380
Pitkin County Clerk
Aspen, CO
970.920.5180
Boulder County Clerk
Boulder, CO
303.441.516
Jackson County Clerk
Walden, CO
970.723.4334
Prowers County Clerk
Lamar, CO
719.336.4337
Chaffee County Recorder
Salida, CO
719.539.4004
Jefferson County Clerk
Golden, CO
303.271.8168
Pueblo County Clerk
Pueblo, CO
719.583.6000
Cheyenne County Clerk
Cheyenne Wells, CO
719.767.5685
Kit Carson County Clerk
Burlington, CO
719.346.8638
Rio Blanco County
Meeker, CO
970.878.5068
Clear Creek County Clerk
Georgetown, CO
303.569.3251
La Plata County Clerk
Durango, CO
970.382.6283
Rio Grande County Clerk
Del Norte, CO
719.657.3334
Conejos County Clerk
Conejos, CO
719.376.5422
Lake County Clerk
Leadville, CO
719.486.1410
Routt County Clerk
Steamboat Springs, CO
970.879.1710
Costilla County Clerk
San Luis, CO
719.672.3301
Larimer County Clerk
Ft.Collins, CO
970.498.7860
San Juan County Clerk
Silverton, CO
303.387.5671
Delta County Clerk
Delta, CO
970.874.2150
Las Animas County
Trinidad, CO
719.846.3314
San Miguel County Clerk
Telluride, CO
970.728.3954
Denver County Clerk
Denver, CO
303.640.2628
Logan County Recorders
Sterling, CO
970.522.1544
Summit County Clerk
Breckenridge, CO
970.453.3475
Douglas County Clerk
Castlerock, CO
303.660.7469
Mesa County Clerk
Grand Junction, CO
970.244.1670
Teller County Clerk
Cripple Creek, CO
719.689.2951
Eagle County Clerk
Eagle, CO
970.328.8710
Moffat County Clerk
Craig, CO
970.824.5484
Washington County Clerk
Akron, CO
970.345.6565
El Paso County Clerk
Colorado Spring, CO
719.520.6200
Montezuma County Clerk
Cortez, CO
970.565.3728
Weld County Clerk
Greeley, CO
970.353.3840
Elbert County Clerk
Kiowa, CO
303.621.3129
Montrose County Clerk
Montrose, CO
970.249.3362
Yuma County Clerk
Wray, CO
970.332.5809
Fremont County Clerk
Canon City, CO
719.275.1522
Morgan County Clerk
Fort Morgan, CO
970.867.5616
 

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