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How to get your marriage license in Colorado

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It's way easier in Colorado than in most states – here’s what you need to know!



Anyone can get a marriage license in Colorado regardless of your citizenship or residency

Just as long as you’re older than 18, can prove your identity and aren’t currently married. There’s no waiting period and no hoops to jump through.



Find the County Clerk of Court that's most convenient to you

You can visit any county clerk in the state – it doesn’t have to be the county you reside in or the county you’re getting married in.

Make an appointment & apply online

Mostly so you can skip the line. And don’t worry! Your application can’t be denied – they just want your info digitally to save paper and time in the office.

Take note

Of any holidays or other office closures near your wedding date!

Bring your ID

You'll need to show a state ID or passport.


At the Clerk's office

Both partners need to show up in person to snag a license

If that’s not possible, at least one member of the couple can show up with a notarized power of attorney form authorizing their partner to obtain a license on their behalf. Teamwork! 

Once you're at the counter

Should be pretty quick since you made an appointment! You and your partner will be asked to show your state ID or passport, raise your right hand to swear you are who you say you are, and pay $30. If you’ve been married before, they’ll ask for proof of the dissolution of your previous marriage.

...And that’s it

You'll get one ‘ceremonial copy’ of your license. This is the copy you keep forever, so try not to fold or damage it! You have 30 days to sign this copy, and then 60 days from your wedding date to return it or you’ll be assessed a late filing fee.


On your wedding day

Bring your license to the ceremony

Your officiant should fill out the details and sign with their official title.


You’re not required to have them, but if you have guests celebrating with you, it’s a nice gesture to choose two people to sign with you! Pro tip: choose them beforehand to avoid playing favorites on the spot.

Party time

Your names will be printed on the top of the license and designated as Party 1 and Party 2. It's super important to sign in the appropriate field.

Changing your name?

You can sign with either your new name or your former name. Consider practicing your new signature ahead of time!


After the ceremony

Return your license to the same county clerk

Going in person is recommended, but you can mail it in too (definitely send it certified mail if you do!) They’ll notarize your ceremonial copy and return it to you.

Get some certified copies

At this point you can request certified copies for $2 each. For a basic name change, I recommend getting 4-6 copies. If you own a business or multiple real estate properties, you should make a list of every account you have and grab one certified copy for each.


It's official

You'll be legally married

Early congrats!

- Jess