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Marriage license laws in the state of Colorado, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Colorado marriage laws before you apply for a Colorado marriage license application.

Requirements may vary as each county/city/town in Colorado could have their own requirements. It is important to verify current requirements with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Akron 
Alamosa 
Aspen 
Boulder 
Breckenridge 
Brighton 
Burlington 
Castle Rock 
Canon City 
Central City 
Cheyenne Wells 
Colorado Springs 
Conejos 
Cortez 
Craig 
Cripple Creek 
Del Norte 
Delta 
Denver 
Durango 
Eagle 
Fairplay 
Fort Collins 
Fort Morgan 
Georgetown 
Glenwood Springs 
Golden 
Grand Junction 
Greeley 
Gunnison 
Holyoke 
Hot Sulpher Springs 
Kiowa 
La Junta 
Lamar 
Las Animas 
Leadville 
Littleton 
Meeker 
Montrose 
Ouray 
Pagosa Springs 
Pueblo 
Salida 
San Luis 
Steamboat Springs 
Sterling 
Telluride 
Walden 
Wallsenburg 
Wray 

All persons who intend to get married in Colorado State must obtain a Marriage License. U.S. Marriage Laws explains the procedure for obtaining a Marriage License in the State of Colorado.

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Consent of Parents for Marriage Application

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ID Requirement:

In Colorado, you will need to bring government issued ID such as your drivers license, visa, passport, state or military ID. Bring your social security cards, too.

Residency Requirement in Colorado:

Neither one of you have to be a resident of Colorado.

Covenant Marriage Option:

No.

Waiting Period:

There is no waiting period for getting married in Colorado.

Blood Test:

No.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

Marriage license is $30. Cash Only. No Credit Cards or Checks Accepted.

Previous Marriages:

Divorced persons must provide the approximate date of divorce and a location where the decree was issued. If the divorce occurred within 90 days of the request for a marriage license, a copy of the decree must also be present.

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Proxy Marriages:

Yes, but only if either the groom or bride cannot appear due to illness, is out of the state of Colorado, or incarcerated, he or she can obtain an absentee application. It must be notarized. Identification for the absent party must be provided by the other soon to be spouse when applying for the license.
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Cousin Marriages:

Yes.

Common Law Marriages:

Yes. Colorado has recognized common law marriage as legal and binding since 1877, and is one of twelve states to do so. A common law marriage is established when the parties mutually consent to be husband and wife. Same sex marriage is currently not recognized in the State of Colorado. Common law marriage does not require any license, ceremony or documentation to be legal. Parties to a common law marriage are entitled to all rights, privileges and responsibilities of a legal and binding marriage. If the parties need documentation of a marriage, it is recommended that they file a signed, notarized affidavit, attesting to the marriage, with the county clerk and recorder in the county where they reside. This affidavit will be filed as a document, not as a marriage record. Only legal divorce or death of one of the parties may terminate common law marriage.
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Affidavit of Common Law Marriages:

  • The following are the only two requirements for common law marriage:
    • The parties are free to enter into a marriage. Neither is married to another person.
    • Both parties are of legal age (18). If between the ages of 16 and 18, they have obtained the appropriate parental or guardian consent.
  • The following are examples of what constitutes a common law marriage:
    • The parties hold themselves out to the public as husband and wife.
    • Maintenance of a joint checking and/or savings account.
    • Joint ownership of property.
    • Mutual financial support.
    • Filing of joint income tax returns.
    • Registration as husband and wife on applications, leases, contracts, registers, etc.
    • Use of the man's surname by the woman.
  • Periods of cohabitation, without the aforementioned, do not constitute a common law marriage.
  • Same Sex Marriages:

    Yes, effective Oct.ober 7, 2014.

    Under 18:

    If you are 16 or 17, in Colorado you will need consent of both parents (or parent having legal custody), or guardian, or seek judicial approval. If you are under 16, a Judicial Court Order along with parental consent is necessary.

    Name Change:

    Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

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    Licenses:

    The person solemnizing the marriage shall complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the Clerk and Recorder's Office within sixty days after solemnizing. Any person who fails to forward the marriage certificate to the Clerk's office shall be required to pay a $20.00 late fee and an additional $5.00 late fee may be assessed for each additional day of failure up to a maximum of $50.00.

    Validity of Marriage License:

    License is valid in Colorado for 30 days.

    Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
    4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
    Denver, Colorado 80346-1530
    Telephone: 303.692.2234

    Miscellaneous:

    International guests will be considered legal and valid in your home country if it is performed in accordance with Colorado state law.

    It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

    Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

    To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

    Colorado County Clerk's Office

    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
    720.913.1311
    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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