How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Colorado?
It would be appropriate to play John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” at your wedding if you plan to marry in Colorado. The state boasts of miles of wide-open plains and canyons; perfect for horseback riding on your honeymoon.
Rules and Regulations
If you plan on getting married in Colorado, there are a few things you need to be aware of and comply with before your impending nuptials.
- You must be 18 years of age.
- If you are 16-17 years of age, you need to have parental consent (signed by both parents) or legal guardian consent.
- At the time of application, you must provide proof of your age and identity.
- If one party cannot be there to apply, you can request an absentee application.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- No blood test required.
- Witnesses are not necessary.
- Residency is not required.
- Cousin marriage is allowed in Colorado.
How to Apply
You must visit your county clerk’s office to apply for your license/certificate. Both pieces are within the same document. The license contains your personal information and allows you to be married and the certificate documents when, where and who officiated at your wedding.
- There is a $30 processing fee due when you apply.
- You must prove your identity with a government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, state ID card, green card, birth certificate).
- You must provide your city and state where you were born.
- You must also provide your parent’s information (names and addresses).
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period in the state of California, and you will receive your marriage license/certificate when you apply for it. The license is good for only 35 days before expiring and must be returned to the office no later than 63 days after your wedding, or late fees will incur.
Who Can Officiate
Any ordained or religiously recognized official including may solemnize your marriage. Those who can officiate are in the list below:
- Any member of the clergy.
- A court judge (current or retired).
- A court magistrate.
- A public official authorized to perform marriage ceremonies.
- A Native American tribal official.
- A friend or relative who is allowed by the state.
- You and your spouse can also perform the marriage ceremony yourselves.
After the Wedding
If you plan on changing your name after your wedding, you will need to obtain a name change kit; the marriage license is not sufficient documentation. You may request a copy of your license certificate after it has been recorded, by contacting the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.