To apply for a marriage or civil union license, both you and your intended partner must appear in person at the license 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 LICENSE ARE 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M., MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. Our office is closed on municipal holidays and city budget furlough days.
How to Apply For a Marriage or Civil Union License
To apply for a marriage or civil union license, both you and your intended partner must appear in person at the marriage/civil union license 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 obtain a marriage license are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our office is closed on municipal holidays and city budget furlough days.
You and your intended spouse each must present one of these valid forms of identification:
The name on the license will appear exactly as it is on the IDs provided to us.
You are required to provide a Social Security number, if you have one. If one of the parties does not have a Social Security number (they are from another country or they are in the process of obtaining U.S. citizenship) they are not required to have one to get married.
Please Note: Birth certificates, baptismal certificates and Foreign Consular IDs are not acceptable forms of identification for marriage or civil union licenses. A birth certificate may be used to confirm date of birth when presented along with one of the valid forms of identification listed above.
Marriage between first cousins, whether the relationship is by half or whole blood, is permitted in Colorado.
Civil union between first cousins, whether the relationship is by half or whole blood, is permitted in Colorado.
If either you or your intended partner cannot appear at the Clerk and Recorder's office in person to apply for your marriage or civil union license, the absent party must complete a notarized absentee affidavit. The notarized absentee application must be used within 30 days from the date it was notarized.
The party appearing in person must present, on the behalf of the absent intended partner:
The absent party's name written on the forms must match exactly to the ID provided.
The absentee application and affidavit to accompany marriage license may be found on the forms page.
The completed license and certificate must be returned to the Office of the Clerk and Recorder within 63 days after the ceremony for recording.
Please do not separate the certificate from the license. You may use the return envelope given to you at the time of application or return the certificate in person.
Recording enters your license and certificate into the official county records for future reference. After recording, the original form will be returned to you by mail at the return address you supplied at the time of application.
There is no fee for recording your license and certificate. However, if you return your civil union certificate for recording later than 63 days after certification, late fees will apply. Please see our Fees page.
The City and County of Denver allows certain couples who are not married to recognize their commitment through the Committed Partnership Registry.
The registry is open to any two partners who:
Both partners must appear together at the Office of the Clerk and Recorder and fill out a Certificate of Committed Partnership. A sample of this form may be found on the Forms page.
The certificate is filled out and attested in the presence of the Clerk who willsign the certificate. One completed original certificate is issued to the partnership and one is retained in the official records of the Clerk and Recorder. The fee for domestic partnership certification and registry is $25.
Note: All certificates of committed partnerships and the Domestic Partnership Registry itself are public records.
Registration of your committed partnership creates a public record of your relationship. It provides evidence that your relationship has met the requirements for committed partnership defined by ordinance. An employer or other party may or may not choose to recognize this in offering domestic partnership benefits.
Registering as committed partners does not constitute marriage under the laws of the State of Colorado nor change your legal rights with your partner. Registration does not affect your property, contract, inheritance, custody, or benefit rights nor any other legal entitlements. It does not provide for name changes. To provide for such rights domestic partners may need to execute medical and/or general powers of attorney, wills, and/or other legal instruments. Consult your attorney.
A Designated Beneficiary Agreement is a contract between two people ensuring certain rights and financial protections based upon the completed document. To be legally enforceable it must be properly recorded by the Clerk and Recorder.
Designated Beneficiary Agreements become effective once the completed, signed and notarized form is received by the Clerk and Recorder’s office in a county where at least one of the parties resides.
Bring your completed and notarized Designated Beneficiary Agreement to the Recording desk in the Office of the Clerk and Recorder, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver. The recording fee is listed on the Fees page.
Large Print Form Available
The Designated Beneficiary Agreement form is also available in large print on the Foms page. The large print form is three pages long as opposed to two pages for the regular print.The fee to record and issue certified copies of the two-page form is $19; the fee to record and issue certified copies of the three-page form is $24.50.
Designated Beneficiary Agreements maybe revoked. The revocation form may be found on the Forms page. Entering into a marriage or civil union will automatically revoke a pre-existing designated beneficiary agreement.
A domestic partnership is terminated by:
If you are widowed or divorced (or your civil union has been dissolved) and wish to apply for a new marriage license, you must provide the exact date (month, day and year) and location of your spouse's/partner's death or of your divorce.
If you are divorced you also must provide:
PLEASE NOTE: If you obtained a Civil Union License and wish to be married, please apply online for a marriage license. Bring your application and IDs into the office, and pay $30 for your license.
You must be 18 years of age or older to marry in Colorado, with the following exceptions:
Your marriage license may be used immediately upon issuance. It is valid for 35 days after issuance. It may be used anywhere within the State of Colorado.
If the license is not used, it must be returned to the Clerk and Recorder for cancellation.
Colorado recognizes common law marriage as legal and binding. However, cohabitation alone does not constitute common law marriage. For more information on common law marriage, please see:
A common law marriage cannot be terminated except by court dissolution (divorce) or death.
A proxy marriage license may be granted to an absent person who is:
Requirements for applying for a marriage license for a proxy marriage are:
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. 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: email@example.com