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How To Obtain a Colorado Marriage License

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Click to find answers to the most common questions in obtaining a marriage license in the state of Colorado:

Who May Legally Perform a Marriage in Colorado General Colorado Marriage License Laws Residency Requirements
Prior Divorces, Widows Time Restrictions Online Applications
         
Required Identification License Fees Blood Test Requirementss
         
Age Requirements Use of Proxies Same Sex Marriages
         
Probation or Parole Relation Restrictions License Processing
         
Witnesses Larimer County Offices Statewide Offices
Estes Park Office, Map and Driving Directions

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A marriage ceremony may be performed  and solemnized (legalized) by:

  • a judge or retired judge
  • a ordained member of the clergy /religious denomination
  • a magistrate
  • any public official authorized to perform marriages
  • any person recognized as authorized to perform marriages by  an Indian nation or Indian Tribe

Friends or family of the couple may NOT solemnize a marriage unless they are in one of the categories listed above.  Clergy from out-of-state need not be registered in Colorado.

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Marriage license Laws in the state of Colorado

Marry Me In Colorado is please to provide this helpful guide on how to apply for and process your Colorado Marriage License.  Below you will learn about what you will need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Colorado marriage laws before filling out the Colorado marriage license form.

In order to get married in Colorado, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in that officially records that you have legally married within the state of Colorado.  You may obtain your license from any county clerk and recorder’s office in the state of Colorado – it is not required your license is issued from the county in which you will be married.   Both the bride and groom should be present and provide valid identification.  If one of the parties cannot appear in person, he or she must complete a marriage license
absentee affidavit and sign it before a notary public, before it can be accepted in an offical office.

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RESIDENCY: You do not have to be a Colorado resident to apply for a marriage license.

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DIVORCED/WIDOWED APPLICANTS:  A couple is prohibited from marrying when one of the parties is still married to another person.  If either party has been married previously, you will need to provide the date, place and type of court if divorced.   In some cases, the clerk may ask for a copy of your divorce decree so it will be a good idea to bring a certified copy with you.  Widows/widowers need to supply the date and place of death of their former spouse.

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TIME RESTRICTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS - There is no waiting period after your license is issued to use it – you may use it immediately.  You can apply for your license up to 30 days prior to the date of your wedding ceremony.  Once signed by your licensed Officiant/Pastor, your license must be returned within 60 days in order to be filed with the county clerk and recorder’s office in which you received your license.

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NEW!!!   PRE-APPLY ONLINE PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT THE CLERK’S OFFICE -  For those getting your license in the Estes Park or Larimer County areas - To help reduce waiting time, you may now fill out your marriage application online! Be sure to fill out this form completely and click "Submit" at the end to proceed. Once the online form is completed, the bride and groom must finalize their application by visiting any of the following Clerk & Recorder's Office locations and presenting valid identification.

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IDENTIFICATION - You will need two (2) forms of proof of citizenship, identification and age.  Ideally you will want to present your birth certificates, driver’s license, passport, or military ID.  

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FEE - Marriage license is $30.00 in cash or credit/debit card with a fee.

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BLOOD TEST - Blood tests are not required to obtain a marriage license.

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AGE REQUIREMENTS -  The legal age without parental consent is 18 years of age. Applicants who are 16 and 17 years of age must have parental consent from both parents. A parent who has sole custody of a minor will be required to sign a statement to this fact. 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. Applicants 16 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.

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MARRIAGE BY PROXY -  Yes. If a party to a marriage is unable to be present at solemnization, he may authorize in writing a third person to act as his proxy. ( See Sec. 14-2-109(2).

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SAME SEX MARRIAGES -  Same sex marriages are not recognized in the State of Colorado; therefore, we can only issue marriage licenses to male-female couples.

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PROBATION OR PAROLE - If either one of you is on probation or parole, you will may require special authorization.

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RESTRICTIONS - A couple is prohibited from marrying when one of the parties is still married to another person. Divorces must be final! Marriages are also prohibited between ancestor and descendant, brother and sister, uncle and niece, or aunt and nephew, whether the relationship is by half or whole blood. Marriage between cousins is permitted in the State of Colorado.

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

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After the Ceremony 

SOLEMNIZATION AND PROCESSING OF A MARRIAGE LICENSE - The person solemnizing the marriage or, in some cases, the couple themselves, shall complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the county clerk & recorder within sixty days after solemnizing. Any person who fails to forward the marriage certificate to the county clerk and recorder's office shall be required to pay a $20 late fee and an additional five dollar late fee may be assessed for each additional day of failure up to a maximum of $50.

You both need to sign where is says "Bride" & "Groom" at the lower right corner of the license.

-    Once the license has been returned, it will be recorded and filmed in our Fort Collins office. The original license must be kept for at least 3-4 weeks for the recording process to be complete.   

You may obtain a certified copy of the license immediately upon return to the Fort Collins office or within 3 days after the license is returned to our satellite offices for $1.25.

-     If you haven't received your marriage license back from us within a month after it has been filed with our office you may call to inquire.

  -    According to state statute (C.R.S.) the license must be recorded within 60 days of marriage date or a fine will be imposed when recorded.             

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     Colorado Larimer County Clerk's Office

Clerk & Recorder's Office
Citizen Information Center
200 West Oak Street
Fort Collins, CO 80521
970-498-7860
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Clerk & Recorder's Office
205 E 6th Street, 1st Floor
Loveland, CO 80537
970-679-4526
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Estes Park Office for the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder's Office

1601 Brodie Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517
970-577-2027
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Driving Directions to Larimer County Office in Estes Park

Take HWY 36 towards the East side of Estes Park

Cross over Lake Estes

Turn Right on Fish Creek Road

Turn Right on Brodie Avenue

1601 Brodie - Office is located on the right side in-between the football field and Estes Park Elementary School

 

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Additional Colorado County Clerk Offices
(Please contact the office directly for location and directions)

Adams County Clerk
Brighton, CO
303.654.6020

Alamosa County Clerk
Alamosa, CO
719.589.6681

Arapahoe County Clerk
Littleton, CO
303.795.4520

Archuleta County Clerk
Pagosa Springs, CO
970.264.5633

Bent County Clerk
Las Animas, CO
719.456.2009

Boulder County Clerk
Boulder, CO
303.441.516

Chaffee County Recorder
Salida, CO
719.539.4004

Cheyenne County Clerk
Cheyenne Wells, CO
719.767.5685

Clear Creek County Clerk
Georgetown, CO
303.569.3251

Conejos County Clerk
Conejos, CO
719.376.5422

Costilla County Clerk
San Luis, CO
719.672.3301

Delta County Clerk
Delta, CO
970.874.2150

Denver County Clerk
Denver, CO
303.640.2628

Douglas County Clerk
Castlerock, CO
303.660.7469

Eagle County Clerk
Eagle, CO
970.328.8710

El Paso County Clerk
Colorado Spring, CO
719.520.6200

Elbert County Clerk
Kiowa, CO
303.621.3129

Fremont County Clerk
Canon City, CO
719.275.1522

Garfield County Clerk
Glenwood Spring, CO
970.945.2377

Gilpin County Clerk
Central City, CO
303.582.5321

Grand County Clerk
Hot Sulpher Spring, CO
303.725.3347

Gunnison County Clerk
Gunnison, CO
970.641.1516

Huerfano County Clerk
Wallsenburg, CO
719.738.2380

Jackson County Clerk
Walden, CO
970.723.4334

Jefferson County Clerk
Golden, CO
303.271.8168

Kit Carson County Clerk
Burlington, CO
719.346.8638

La Plata County Clerk
Durango, CO
970.382.6283

Lake County Clerk
Leadville, CO
719.486.1410

Larimer County Clerk
Ft.Collins, CO
970.498.7860

Las Animas County
Trinidad, CO
719.846.3314

Logan County Recorders
Sterling, CO
970.522.1544

Mesa County Clerk
Grand Junction, CO
970.244.1670

Moffat County Clerk
Craig, CO
970.824.5484

Montezuma County Clerk
Cortez, CO
970.565.3728

Montrose County Clerk
Montrose, CO
970.249.3362

Morgan County Clerk
Fort Morgan, CO
970.867.5616

Otero County Clerk
La Junta, CO
719.383.3020

Ouray County Clerks
Ouray, CO
970.325.4961

Park County Clerk
Fairplay, CO
719.836.2771

Phillips County Clerk
Holyoke, CO
970.854.3131

Pitkin County Clerk
Aspen, CO
970.920.5180

Prowers County Clerk
Lamar, CO
719.336.4337

Pueblo County Clerk
Pueblo, CO
719.583.6000

Rio Blanco County
Meeker, CO
970.878.5068

Rio Grande County Clerk
Del Norte, CO
719.657.3334

Routt County Clerk
Steamboat Springs, CO
970.879.1710

San Juan County Clerk
Silverton, CO
303.387.5671

San Miguel County Clerk
Telluride, CO
970.728.3954

Summit County Clerk
Breckenridge, CO
970.453.3475

Teller County Clerk
Cripple Creek, CO
719.689.2951

Washington County Clerk
Akron, CO
970.345.6565

Weld County Clerk
Greeley, CO
970.353.3840

Yuma County Clerk
Wray, CO
970.332.5809

 

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