Ceremonies & Officials

Once you have obtained your marriage license, your marriage must be solemnized (performing a ceremony such as a wedding), and then your marriage application and certificate must be recorded with the Clerk and Recorder.

A marriage may be solemnized by an officiant who has been ordained or recognized by a religious denomination, a judge of a court, a retired judge, a court magistrate, a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, or a Native American tribal official. Or, you and your intended spouse may solemnize your own marriage. Clergy ordained out of state do not need to be registered in Colorado to perform a wedding.

The solemnizing official will complete your marriage certificate, attesting that your marriage solemnization has been performed lawfully. (Note: The marriage license and marriage certificate are two distinct instruments that appear on the single form. Please do not separate them.)

The license and the certificate are on the same document. These should not be separated. The license gives the couple permission to marry. The certificate documents when and where the couple married. See instructions for marriage with an officiant or a self-solemnized marriage.

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: Self-solemnization is recognized as a valid marriage in Colorado under CRS 14-2-109 (1). 

Estatutos Revisados de Colorado sobre la solemnizacion y registro de matrimonio. CRS 14-2-109. 

Nota: el matrimonio de auto-solemnizacion se conoce como boda válida en el Estado de Colorado  debajo la ley.

Denver County Court maintains a list of judges who perform weddings during the week, on weekends, and in the evenings.

Gov. Hickenlooper signed HB15-1327 into law changing the requirements for proxy marriage. The law is effective on May 28, 2015.  These are the new requirements for proxy marriages.

The law limits proxy marriages to an absent person who is:

· A member of the armed forces of the United States who is stationed in another country or in another state in support of combat or military operation; or

· A government contractor, or an employee of a government contractor, working or in support of US military operations in another country or in another state.

The bill also states that the requirements for applying for a marriage license for a proxy marriage are the following:

· One party is a resident of Colorado;

· One party appears in person to apply for the marriage license and pays the required fees;

· The signatures of both parties to the proxy marriage are required, and the party present shall sign the marriage license application and provide an absentee affidavit form containing the notarized signature of the absent party, along with proper identification documents required for a marriage license for the absent party; and

· Both parties (and the proxy) are 18 years of age or older.

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.

Frequently asked questions about Marriage by Proxy:

Q. If my paperwork is already in process, can I still get married by proxy in Colorado?

A. You may be married by proxy in Colorado if you meet the requirements listed above.

Q.  What documents can I use to prove Colorado residency?

A.  Colorado driver’s license, lease agreement, utility bill, or a voter registration card are all acceptable forms of ID. Only one of these documents is necessary.

Q. What documents can I use to prove active duty military status and deployment?

A.  Your Orders (a copy of the written document) will be proof. Still have questions? Please email:marriages@denvergov.org

If you plan on changing your name after marriage, please reference this 7 step checklist.

You are encouraged to purchase a certified copy or copies of the marriage certificate as insurance companies or other entities may require verification.

Lista de control de 7 pasos para cambio de nombre posterior a matrimonio o union civil.

Es avisable comprar una copia o copias certificadas del acta como las compañías de seguros u otras entidades pueden requerir la verificación de su matrimonio.

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We are now posting our monthly marriage license stats and civil union license stats online. Marriages in Denver are up this year!
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