Colorado Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in CO

If you're getting married in the state of Colorado you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is roughly $30.00 dollars, although fees may vary from county to county. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of Colorado to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 30 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, one parent or legal guardian must be present. If a parent can not be present, due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, proper evidence must be presented for verification. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Colorado or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

Yes. Colorado is one of only five states that does allow marriage by proxy to be legally performed.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Colorado marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

Yes, common-law marriages are allowed in Colorado. The fact that it is a viable option in this state is notable considering common law marriage is not available in four-fifths of the country.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or legally recognized in Colorado.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Colorado has 53 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Adams County Clerk

450 South Fourth Ave
Brighton, CO 80601

303-654-6020

Alamosa County Clerk

P.O. Box 630
Alamosa, CO 81101

719-589-6681

Arapahoe County Clerk

5334 South Prince
Littleton, CO 80166

303-795-4520

Archuleta County Clerk

P.O. Box 1507
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

970-264-5633

Bent County Clerk

P.O. Box 350
Las Animas, CO 81054

719-456-2009

Boulder County , County Clerk

2020 13th St, 2nd Flr.
Boulder, CO 80302

303-441-3516

Chaffee County Recorder

P.O. Box 699
Salida, CO 81201

719-539-4004

Cheyenne County Clerk

51 South 1St St
Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810

719-767-5685

Clear Creek County Clerk

P.O. Box 2000
Georgetown, CO 80444

303-569-3251

Conejos County Clerk

P.O. Box 127
Conejos, CO 81129

719-376-5422

Costilla County Clerk

P.O. Box 308
San Luis, CO 81152

719-672-3301

Delta County , Clerk & Recorder

5th & Palmer
Delta, CO 81416

970-874-2150

Denver County Clerk

1437 Bannock, Room 200
Denver, CO 80202

303-640-2628

Douglas County Clerk

P.O. Box 1147
Castlerock, CO 80104

303-660-7469

Eagle County , Marriage License

P.O. Box 537
Eagle, CO 81631

970-328-8710

El Paso County , Clerk And Recorder

200 S. Cascade
Colorado Spring, CO 80901

719-520-6200

Elbert County Clerk

P.O. Box 37
Kiowa, CO 80117

303-621-3129

Fremont County Clerk

615 Macon, Room 100
Canon City, CO 81212

719-275-1522

Garfield County , Marriage License

109 8th St Suite 200
Glenwood Spring, CO 81601

970-945-2377

Gilpin County Clerk , Clerk & Recorders Office

203 Eureka, P.O. Box 429
Central City, CO 80427

303-582-5321

Grand County Clerk

308 Byers
Hot Sulpher Spg, CO 80451

303-725-3347

Gunnison County , Clerk & Recorder

200 East Virginia
Gunnison, CO 81230

970-641-1516

Huerfano County Clerks

400 Main St
Wallsenburg, CO 81089

719-738-2380

Jackson County Recorder , P.O. Box 337

396 La Fever
Walden, CO 80480

970-723-4334

Jefferson County Clerk

100 Jefferson County Pkwy
Golden, CO 80419

303-271-8168

Kit Carson County , Clerk And Recorder

P.O. Box 249
Burlington, CO 80807

719-346-8638

La Plata County Clerk

P.O. Box 519
Durango, CO 81302

970-382-6283

Lake County Clerk

P.O. Box 917
Leadville, CO 80461

719-486-1410

Larimer County Clerk

P.O. Box 1280, 80522
Ft.Collins, CO 80521

970-498-7860

Las Animas County , Clerk & Recorder

P.O. Box 115
Trinidad, CO 81082

719-846-3314

Logan County Recorders

315 Main St
Sterling, CO 80751

970-522-1544

Mesa County , Clerk & Recorder

544 Rood St
Grand Junction, CO 81501

970-244-1670

Moffat County , Clerk & Recorder

221 West Victory Way
Craig, CO 81625

970-824-5484

Montezuma County Clerk

109 West Main St
Cortez, CO 81321

970-565-3728

Montrose County Clerk

320 So. 1St St
Montrose, CO 81401

970-249-3362

Morgan County Clerk

P.O. Box 1399
Fort Morgan, CO 80701

970-867-5616

Otero County Clerk

P.O. Box 511
La Junta, CO 81050

719-383-3020

Ouray County , Clerk & Recorder

541 4th St
Ouray, CO 81427

970-325-4961

Park County Clerk , Clerk & Recorder

501 Main St, Annex Bldg.
Fairplay, CO 80440

719-836-2771

Phillips County Clerk

221 S. Interocean
Holyoke, CO 80734

970-854-3131

Pitkin County Clerk

506 East Main
Aspen, CO 81611

970-920-5180

Prowers County Clerk & , Recorders Office

P.O. Box 889
Lamar, CO 81052

719-336-4337

Pueblo County Clerk

215 West 10th St
Pueblo, CO 81003

719-583-6000

Rio Blanco County , Clerk & Recorder

500 Main St
Meeker, CO 81641

970-878-5068

Rio Grande County Clerk

P.O. Box 160
Del Norte, CO 81132

719-657-3334

Routt County Clerk

P.O. Box 773598
Steamboat Sprin, CO 80477

970-879-1710

San Juan County Clerk

P.O. Box 466
Silverton, CO 81433

303-387-5671

San Miguel County Clerk

305 West Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435

970-728-3954

Summit County Clerk

P.O. Box 1538
Breckenridge, CO 80424

970-453-3475

Teller County , Clerk & Recorder

101 West Bennett
Cripple Creek, CO 80813

719-689-2951

Washington County Clerk

P.O. Box "L"
Akron, CO 80720

970-345-6565

Weld County Clerk

P.O. Box 459
Greeley, CO 80632

970-353-3840

Yuma County Clerk

310 Ash St
Wray, CO 80758

970-332-5809