In-Person Requirements Temporarily Suspended for Marriage Licenses
In accordance with Governor Polis’ Executive Order D-2020-014, the Denver Clerk and Recorder is temporarily issuing marriage licenses through application by mail and using our dropbox through May 30, 2020, or if the executive order is extended.
Apply online now to get down the aisle faster. Print out the confirmation page and bring it into our office along with your your partner. Our address is Office of the Clerk and Recorder, Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 101 in downtown Denver.
Our offices are open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are closed on municipal holidays.
If you are using assistive technology and are unable to access the content of the documents, email the marriage department.
How to Apply For a Marriage or Civil Union License
To apply for a license, both you and your partner must appear in person at the Office of the Clerk and Recorder, located on the first floor of the Webb Municipal Office Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver.
Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our office is closed on municipal holidays.
Things to know
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.
Cómo obtener la licencia de matrimonio o de unión civil
Para obtener una licencia, usted y su compañero/a deben presentarse en persona en la Oficina del Administrador de la Ciudad (Office of the Clerk and Recorder, en inglés), en el primer piso del Edificio “Webb” de Oficinas Municipales, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver.
El horario de las oficinas es de 8 a.m. a 4:30 p.m., lunes a viernes. Las oficinas están cerradas en todos los días feriados municipales.
Lo que usted debe saber
Usted y su futuro cónyuge deben presentar una de las siguientes formas válidas de identificación
El nombre en la licencia aparecerá exactamente como aparece en los documentos de identidad que usted provea.
Se requiere que usted provea un número de seguro social, si usted lo posee. Si uno de los contrayentes no tiene un número de seguro social (sea porque son extranjeros o porque están en proceso de obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense), no se requiere que obtengan un número de seguro social para casarse.
Por favor, tener en cuenta: Certificados de Nacimiento, certificados de bautismo o tarjetas consulares no son formas aceptables de identificación para licencias de matrimonios o para uniones civiles. El certificado de nacimiento puede usarse para confirmar la fecha de nacimiento, si ese certificado va acompañado por una de las formas válidas de identificación enumeradas arriba.
A los menores de edad y a aquellos previamente casados se les pueden pedir otros requisitos. Consultar la sección correspondiente a segundos matrimonios (segundas nupcias).
Your marriage must be solemnized; then the marriage application and certificate must be recorded.
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, a Native American tribal official or a friend or relative who is ordained.
Clergy ordained out of state do not need to be registered in Colorado to perform a wedding.
Denver County Court maintains a list of judges who perform weddings during the week, on weekends, and in the evenings.
The solemnizing official will complete your marriage certificate.
You and your intended spouse may solemnize your own marriage. Neither witnesses nor officiant are required for a valid self solemnization. Proxy marriages may not be self solemnized.
The marriage license and marriage certificate are two distinct instruments that appear on the single form. Please do not separate them. The marriage certificate must be recorded no later than 63 days from the date of solemnization or late fees apply.
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 these examples of how to fill out the marriage certificate.
La licencia y el certificado están en el mismo documento. Éstos no deben ser separados. La licencia da el permiso a la pareja para casarse. Los documentos indican cuando y donde la pareja se casó. Vea las instrucciones para una boda con oficiante o una de auto-solemnizacíon.
We hope this guide helps you navigate changing your name more easily. Certified copies of the marriage certificate are helpful. They can be purchased at our office or through the mail. Certified copies cost $1.25 each.
Esperamos que esta guía le ayuda a navegar para cambiar su nombre más facil. Copias certificadas de la partida de matrimonio son útiles. Se puede comprar en nuestra oficina o por correo. El costo de cada copia certificada es $1.25.
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 were in a civil union with another person, you must have dissolved that civil union to marry a different person. You will need to provide the name of the person on the marriage application.
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.
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 or to get a sample Affidavit of Common Law Marriage, see the State of Colorado website concerning marriage law.
A common law marriage cannot be terminated except by court dissolution (divorce) or death.
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 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 an absentee affidavit and have it notarized. The notarized absentee affidavit 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 partner:
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 record. 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.
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 must have a notarized Marriage Ceremony Proxy Power of Attorney form. 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.
You must be 18 years of age or older to marry in Colorado, with the following exception:
· A person who is 16 or 17 years of age may obtain a marriage license if a juvenile court determines that the underage party is capable of assuming the responsibilities of marriage and the marriage would serve the underage party's best interests. Prior to making a determination, the court shall appoint a guardian ad litem for the underage party to investigate the underage party's circumstances and best interests and to file a report with the court stating the issuance of a marriage license is in the underage party's best interests.
· A person under the age of 16 is prohibited from obtaining a marriage license.
For additional information please refer to HB19-1316.
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. This is a sample of a certificate.
The certificate is filled out and attested to in the presence of the Clerk who will sign the certificate. A completed original certificate is issued to the partnership. The fee for committed partnership certification and registry is $25.
Certificates of committed partnerships and the Committed Partnership Registry 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 offer committed partnership benefits based on this registry.
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 committed partners may need to execute medical and/or general powers of attorney, wills, and/or other legal instruments. Consult your attorney.
A committed partnership is terminated by:
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 department in the Office of the Clerk and Recorder, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver. The recording fee is listed on the Fees page.
Designated Beneficiary Agreements may be 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.