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If you or your intended spouse is unable to be present at the solemnization, the absent party must authorize a third person to act as proxy (C.R.S. 14-2-109 (2)). Self-solemnization is not allowed in a marriage by proxy. You can find a Marriage Ceremony Proxy Power of Attorney form on the forms page. The spouse who can be present and the proxy must both present a valid ID when applying for the license.
Colorado law allows couples to self solemnize, or perform their own marriage (C.R.S. §14-2-109(1)). To do this, a couple need only indicate such on the marriage certificate form on the third line, indicating "themselves." The couple must both sign below where the clergy or judicial officer would otherwise sign, and then sign again as "bride" and "groom." Neither witnesses nor officiant are required for a valid self solemnization.
You may choose to solemnize your marriage while in the building and return the certificate to the Clerk and Recorder immediately. In any event, you must return the marriage certificate for recording no later than 63 days from the date of solemnization.
Note: Couples choosing to self solemnize should be aware that only Colorado and one or two other states recognize a self-solemnized ceremony. This does not necessarily mean the marriage is not valid in other states; however, insurance companies or other entities may require a certified copy of the marriage certificate.