How to Apply For a Civil Union License
To apply for a civil union license, both you and your intended partner must appear in person at the marriage license/civil unions counter at the Office of the Clerk and Recorder, located on the first floor of the Webb Municipal Office Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver.
Hours to apply for a civil union license are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our office is closed on municipal holidays.
You and your intended partner each must present one of these currently valid forms of identification:
- U.S. state-issued driver's license or permit
- U.S. state-issued ID
- U.S. military ID
- Passport (with certified English-language translation if non-English)
Please note the name on the civil union license will appear exactly as it is on the ID you provide.
Additionally, if you have a Social Security number you are required to provide it. If either of the intended partners does not have a Social Security number (you are from another country, or are in the process of obtaining U.S. citizenship) you are not required to have one to obtain a civil union license.
Important Note: Birth certificates, baptismal certificates and Mexican Consular IDs (Matricula Consular) are not acceptable for civil union license applications.
See the section at right for information on second or subsequent civil unions.
- Minors are prohibited from entering into civil unions.
- Adults who have guardians must have the notarized written permission of their guardian(s) to obtain a civil union license. A guardian permission form may be found on the Forms page. The permission form must be used within 30 days from the date it is notarized.
- Blood tests are not required in Colorado, and there is no waiting period.
- Applicants need not be Colorado residents.
- $30 cash, check, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) to pay for the license
- The civil union license is valid for 35 days.
- Be prepared to supply the place of birth (city and state) of each of your parents.
- The completed civil union certificate (and attached license) must be returned to the Clerk and Recorder for recording within 63 days after certification. After that date, late fees will apply.
Note: Civil unions legally entered into in another state are legally recognized in Colorado.