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Marriage Laws United States Colorado Ouray County

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 CO Marriage License requirements, clerk locations and office hours.

Ouray County Marriage License Office

Ouray County Clerk
541 4th Street
Ouray, CO 81427
(970) 325-4961
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Ouray County

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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.

Consent of Parents for Marriage Application

Marriage License Application

Absentee Affidavit Application for Marriage License

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:

    No.

    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.

    Ceremonies:

    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.

    Miscellaneous:

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

    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

    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.

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