Once you have obtained your civil union license, your union must be certified. Then your civil union application and certificate must be recorded with the Clerk and Recorder.
A civil union may be certified by a member of a clergy recognized by a religious denomination, a judge of a court, a retired judge, a court magistrate, or a Native American tribal official. Colorado law does not allow a friend or relative to certify a civil union (sign the certificate as officiant) unless they are qualified as a civil union officiant. Public officials (who generally have the power to perform marriages in Colorado) are not authorized under the Colorado Civil Union Act to be a civil union officiant.
Alternatively, you and your intended partner may certify your own civil union (see below for more detail on self certification). Clergy from out of state do not need to be registered in Colorado to perform a civil union.
The certifying official will complete your civil union certificate, attesting that your certification has been performed lawfully. (Note: The license and certificate are two distinct instruments that appear on the single form. Please do not separate them.)
Civil Union by Absentee Affidavit
If you or your intended partner is unable to be present at the time of application, the absent party may fill out an absentee affidavit form for this purpose. This form can be found on our Forms page.