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.

Costs

How much does a marriage license cost?

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

Residency

Does is my residency a factor?

Your residency doesn't affect the application process.

Usage

Where can I use my marriage license?

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

Application

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.

Attendance

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.

Expiration

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.

Identification

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.

Divorced

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.

Widowed

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.

Witnesses

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.

Office Locations

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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.

  14. My fiance and I both live in CO. We plan a private self soleminization in another state on vacation. Can we apply for CO license or do we have to apply for that states license?

    1. Hi Melissa. Apply in the state where your marriage takes place. Keep in mind, not all states allow self-solemnization.

  15. Hi Im planning on getting married in December, my fiancé is a U.S. Marine and we would would like to do it before leave has to go back to base since all our family in here. The only problem is that I don’t have a passport or any kind of ID just my birth certificate. would that be a problem?

    1. Hi Gaby. Contact the county clerk ahead of time to see if they'll accept a certified copy of your birth certificate.

  16. Hello, can we get married in Colorado if one of us lives in Colorado, but the other lives out-of-state? We both have out-of-state ID cards but will both be present when applying for marriage.

    1. can we get married in Colorado if one of us lives in Colorado

      You can get married in Colorado. Where you live is a non-factor.

    2. Hi Marie, as long as you'll be getting married in Colorado, your ID's must be valid and not expired. Otherwise, it's okay if your IDs are out of state.

  17. Hello we wanted to perform our own wedding ceremony but are unsure of how to come up with the marriage certificate in the state of CO since no third party is officiating the marriage.

    Please advise. It is very clear how to get the license but not clear how and where to get the marriage certificate if we marry the same day and have to provide for county records.

    1. Hi Akanksha. The certificate of marriage form will come attached to your marriage license. You'll return both the license and certificate to the issuing county clerk and recorder.

      After they've recorded it, you can purchase certified copies of your marriage certificate. You should be able to purchase them in advance when applying for your license.

  18. So I have a couple questions me and my husband see each other as common law married but we have no paperwork stating that way are common not married like bills or taxes.

    My husband is under guardianship of his mother right now and is starting the process of terminating the guardianship.

    His mother hasn't filed the paperwork we were just wondering if she would be able to stop us from getting married and if we were to get married if Colorado is one of the states that terminates a guardianship by marriage.

    1. we were just wondering if she would be able to stop us from getting married

      When you fill out the marriage license application you both must acknowledge on the legal affidavit that neither applicant is under the care of a legal guardian. If you are, their permission is required.

      if Colorado is one of the states that terminates a guardianship by marriage.

      Yes, she can petition the court to dissolve the marriage.

  19. Can we apply for a marriage license and get married (as self-officiant) on the same day?

    1. Hi Mélissa. Yes, you can get your marriage license and hold your ceremony on the same day.

  20. Hello, my fiance is coming from Michigan to California to help me gather my stuff to move to Michigan with him. On the way, we planned to stop in Colorado and get married.

    Is it possible to visit there to get married and then mail in the license as it states above later when in Michigan? Also, it says the license is only valid in Colorado, does that mean in Michigan we aren't considered married?

    1. Is it possible to visit there to get married and then mail in the license as it states above later when in Michigan?

      Sure, but make sure you return your marriage license within 63 days after your marriage ceremony to avoid a $20 late fee.

      it says the license is only valid in Colorado, does that mean in Michigan we aren't considered married?

      It means a Colorado marriage license is only valid for use to get married in Colorado. You can't use a non-Colorado license to marry in Colorado. Your marriage will be valid throughout the United States.

  21. Hello I am a Colorado resident and my fiancé is incarcerated in Kansas. How would I go about obtaining a marriage license?

    1. Hi Jennefer. Contact the prison administrator or warden to make arrangements.

  22. I am new to Colorado and planning to get married in September 2022, this is a 2nd marriage for both me and my fiancee. Do we both need to have divorce papers with us to get the marriage license? Are appointments required to get the marriage license?

    1. Hi Andrea. You'll want to bring your divorce papers. Appointments may be required, depending on the county office. If you list the county I may be able to provide appointment specifics.

  23. Hi! I am getting married outside of Breckenridge on October 15th. I was wondering can I make an appointment to get a marriage license the day prior?

    We are coming from out of state and I know our officiant said we need to apply for a license in Colorado. Thank you!

  24. Hello! Me and my fiance want to get married and hopefully do it on May 21st. Do we go to the clerk and recording office first to apply for license? And do that a couple weeks prior? Then where do we go to get it certified on may 21st? I am just confused on this process. Thanks for any help.

    1. Do we go to the clerk and recording office first to apply for license?

      Confirm if the office you attend to apply in requires an appointment. If you want a courthouse wedding, inquire if that must be scheduled in advance. You may be able to accomplish both on a walk-in basis.

      Then where do we go to get it certified on may 21st?

      The office where you obtained your marriage license can provide you certified copies of your marriage certificate.

  25. Is it 35 business days before it expires? Or 35 days total?

    1. Hi Sylvia. It's 35 days total (i.e., calendar days).

  26. If I am divorced, but my ex-husband passed away 3.5 years ago, do I still need to bring a certified copy of the divorce decree?… or death certificate? My son is the best man; he is 14 years old, will he be able to sign as a witness?

    1. do I still need to bring a certified copy of the divorce decree?… or death certificate?

      You don't need to bring the death certificate. But bring the divorce decree to be safe.

      he is 14 years old, will he be able to sign as a witness?

      Yes, that's fine.

  27. Hi! I'm trying to marry my fiance but his dad isn't on board, him mom is though. He is 17 turning 18 soon and I am turning 17 this year, can we get married without his parents consent?

    1. Hi Sarah. You'll need to obtain a court order to marry if parental consent isn't given.

  28. Hello, my fiance and I are living in Arizona, but getting married in Colorado where she is from on a Saturday. Is there a way for us to get a marriage license over the phone or by video chat before we get there?

    1. Hi McKay. Do you plan to apply in a specific county?

  29. Hi! We are a foreign couple, living in Europe, thinking of getting married in Colorado and have our two weeks long honeymoon there right after the ceremony.

    Reading the infomation and comments I assume there is no obstacles to marry for non-US citizens. My question would be how long after the wedding can we get the marriage certificate? So let’s say we get the license, have our ceremony the same day, and take the documents back to the issuing clerk and recorder. How long will it take to them to issue the certificate?

    Is it immediately or takes some time? If we stay only two weeks in Colorado, is it enough time to get the papers or is it possible to have them send it to elsewhere? Thanks for the answer

    1. I assume there is no obstacles to marry for non-US citizens.

      Correct.

      how long after the wedding can we get the marriage certificate?

      You can make arrangements with the clerk for same-day or next-day issuance.

  30. My daughter has recently moved to MO where her fiancé resides. However, they are getting married 7/23 in Estes. Do they apply for a license in MO or in CO? Thank you!

    1. Do they apply for a license in MO or in CO?

      There's an Estes in Colorado and Missouri, so I'm not sure which you're referencing. If you're talking Estes, Missouri, then your daughter should apply in Missouri. Otherwise, apply in Colorado.

  31. I'm in Adams county. Do I need an appointment for the license or can I walk in? Thank you Janet

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