Colorado Marriage License

If you're getting married in Colorado, you must first apply for a marriage license.
It'll cost you $30.00, and you'll have to use it within 35 days.

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Where to Apply

Where can I get a marriage license?

You can get a Colorado marriage license at any county clerk and recorder's office. No appointment necessary.

Can I get a civil union license?

The county clerk and recorder's office has issued civil union licenses to legal adults since May 1, 2013. Marriage license standards outlined in this document also apply to civil union licenses, unless otherwise stated.


How much does a marriage license cost?

The Colorado marriage license fee is standardized at $30 statewide.


Does is my residency a factor?

Your residency doesn't affect the application process.


Where can I use my marriage license?

Your Colorado marriage license is good for use anywhere in the state, but only in Colorado.


What will the application ask me to detail?

The application will ask for your current, birth, and prior married name; address, date and place of birth, gender, social security number, marital status, expected ceremony date, parents' or guardians' names and residences, and when, where, and how your last marriage ended.


What if I can't apply in person?

Only one party to a marriage can apply absentee. If that's you, your fiancé can submit your notarized absentee affidavit application and ID copy when they apply. Blank affidavit applications are available at the clerk and recorder's office.

Age Requirements

What are the age-related requirements for marriage?

Aged 18 and over?

If you're aged 18 or over, there are no age-related preconditions for marriage.

Aged 16 and 17?

If you're 16 or 17 years old, you can marry with permission from your custodial parents, a guardian, or a certified court order. Parental consent forms are available at the clerk and recorder's office.

Aged 15 and under?

If you're less than 16 years old, you can marry with a certified court order and consent from your custodial parents or guardian.

Waiting Period

When will I get my marriage license?

Your marriage license will be issued moments after you submit your application. You can marry that same day.


How long will my marriage license be good for?

Your marriage license will remain valid for 35 days after issuance. Unused licenses should be returned to the county clerk and recorder.


What ID must I show when applying?

Bring photo identification to confirm your age, such as a driver's license, passport, state-issued ID card, or military ID card. Some clerks may accept a certified copy of your birth certificate. A few clerks may request your social security card as well.

Must I bring my birth certificate?

Minors must bring a certified copy of their birth certificate.

Blood Test

Do I have to get a blood test?

Premarital blood tests haven't been required in Colorado since July 1, 1989.


What if my prior marriage ended in divorce or annulment?

If you've been married before, the vast majority of clerks will want to see a certified copy of your divorce decree, annulment order, or other dissolution document. Any prior cohabitation or civil union must also be dissolved to avoid a felonious bigamy charge.


Do I have to bring evidence of my spouse's death?

If you're a widow or widower, you don't need to bring your late spouse's death certificate. Knowing the date and place of death is sufficient.


Should I bring witnesses to my ceremony?

Although you're not required to bring witnesses to your marriage ceremony, up to two witnesses may sign your marriage license after the ceremony.

Name Change

How do I change my name because of marriage?

Your marriage certificate empowers you to change your name as a result of marriage. You can prepare your name change forms online. Start with the SSA, then DMV and passport. Notify government and nongovernment institutions one-by-one until you're done.

License Return

When does my marriage license need to be returned?

Your marriage license must be returned to the issuing clerk and recorder within 63 days after marriage so that it may be recorded. Failure to return on time results in a $20 late fee.

Marriage Certificate

Where can I get a copy of my marriage certificate?

You can buy a certified copy of your marriage license for $1.25 from the same county clerk and recorder's office that issued and recorded your marriage license.

Common-law Marriage

Can I enter into a common-law marriage?

You can establish a new common-law marriage in Colorado as long as you're at least 18 years old.

Cousin Marriage

Can I marry my first cousin?

You are allowed to marry your first cousin.

Proxy Marriage

Can I get married by proxy?

In order to get married by proxy, both of you must be legal adults, and either of you must be a Colorado resident serving overseas in the U.S. armed forces. You must designate on a power of attorney form who will be your stand-in at the ceremony.

The Ceremony

Can I get married in a civil ceremony?

The county clerk and recorder can direct you to judges and magistrates who are authorized to preside over your civil marriage or civil union.

Can we perform our own ceremony?

Colorado law allows you to self-solemnize your marriage ceremony without a judge or officiant present.

Vow Renewal

Can I get a marriage license to renew my vows?

Your vow renewal can be formally recognized by submitting a regular marriage license application. When applying, specify "married" or "married to each other" as your current marital status.

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  1. Hello, my name is Lauryn I live in New Mexico and wanted to do a proxy marriage my fiance is currently incarcerated? Can we do a proxy marriage in Colorado or not so much?

    1. Hi Lauryn. Marriage-by-proxy in Colorado is reserved for members of the U.S. military stationed overseas. Furthermore, at least one party to the proposed marriage must live in Colorado.

  2. Hi .. what I need for married 5 July ? The documents ?

    1. Hi Jason. Bring ID, such as a driver's license. If you're divorced, bring a certified copy of your divorce decree.

  3. I wanna marry my fiance that is not an American citizen is this a problem or no in Colorado?

    1. Hi Jacob. U.S. citizenship isn't a requirement to get married in Colorado.

  4. Can we have someone at the courthouse marry us?

    1. Hi Chasity. Contact the county clerk and recorder for a referral.

  5. Hello, I want to get married in Colorado but my fiancé is not a US citizen, he is a German citizen. Does he need to bring a certified copy of his birth certificate, that is translated to English with an Apostille, or only his passport? Thank you.

    1. Does he need to bring a certified copy of his birth certificate

      If he's at least 18 years old, his passport alone is enough.

  6. Do I need the signature of a judge or notary after the ceremony, or just my signature and that of my new spouse?

    1. Do I need the signature of a judge or notary after the ceremony

      Not if you and your spouse plan to self-solemnize your own marriage ceremony. If that's the case, you'll act as your own officiant.

  7. Hi… can we obtain a marriage license and be married on the same day by a Judge ….

    1. Hi Sylvia. Possible, but not guaranteed, as you'll have to schedule both separately. You may want to get your judge chosen well before you get your marriage license.

  8. Hi, I am from Texas and I am wondering if I need to get my marriage license here before I come to Colorado, or if we can do that there. Also Covid restrictions on marriage licenses? I called my county clerk in Texas and they told me they are not issuing licenses due to Covid.

  9. I want to do a destination out side the US. Can my US pastor perform the wedding then file in Colorado where I live?

    1. Hi Ruben. Your marriage must take place in Colorado. If you're referring to something else, please clarify.

  10. I live in Iowa, If we marry in CO will we still be recognized as married in Iowa?

    1. Hi Chelsea. Iowa will recognize any valid out-of-state marriage. So, yes, your Colorado marriage will be seen as legit back home.

      1. Would this also apply of we are from Kentucky getting married in Colorado and self solemnize?

  11. Hello my fiancé wanted to get married at the court house. What do I need to bring? And if he is divorced what do he need to bring. As for my I have my green card what else I need to bring? And how long do it take to get married after the paper work is file?

    1. my fiancé wanted to get married at the court house

      Make sure you have your appointment booked well in advance.

      What do I need to bring?

      Identification, such as a driver's license or passport.

      if he is divorced what do he need to bring

      A certified copy of his divorce decree.

      As for my I have my green card what else I need to bring?

      Good enough.

      how long do it take to get married after the paper work is file?

      That's determined by the courthouse schedule and your appointment time. The ceremony itself is quick. A few minutes.

  12. Hello, my fiance is divorced and does not have a copy of the divorce decree. Can we get a copy from the county clerk at the same time we are there to apply for our marriage license?

    1. Hi Arica. First, contact the county clerk to make sure they'll ask for it or waive its presentation. Not all clerks ask to see this. If it's required, you'll have to order a certified copy from the district court or Colorado Department of Health.

  13. Hello! My fiancé and I will be getting married in May 2022. In what time would be a good time for us to file a marriage license? We're planning to go on a cruise for our honeymoon (a day after the ceremony), and since we're a young couple (19 and 20, at the time of wedding), we would need a copy of the marriage license.

    1. In what time would be a good time for us to file a marriage license?

      Within 35 days of your date of marriage.

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