I'm Getting Married! What Do I Do?
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Obtaining your Colorado Marriage License is easier than you think, and we’re here to help! Colorado Marriage Licenses may be used anywhere within the State of Colorado, but need to be returned for recording at the office where you applied. Same-sex Marriage Licenses are now available in Colorado. Witnesses are not required in the State of Colorado, and your Officiant does not need to be present at the time of application. There are no blood test prerequisites in Colorado. The application process is quick - account for the process to take about 30 minutes start to finish once you're here, assuming there is no line at the front counter. Save time: fill out your application ahead of time and bring it with you (more information in step 2). There is NO waiting period to obtain your Marriage License, you'll be able to walk out with it in hand.
Step 1: Timeline
Marriage Licenses expire if they are not used within 35 days from the date of issuance from our office, so come in to apply no earlier than 35 days before your ceremony. The Clerk & Recorder's Office is not open on weekends. If you have planned a weekend ceremony, you’ll need to come into the office prior to your ceremony during the week. We are unable to backdate Marriage Licenses.
Plan Ahead - Holiday Closures
2017-2018 County Office Closures/Observed Holidays: (closure is for the entire day unless noted)
Veterans' Day [Advanced Observance]: Friday, November 10
Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 23 (Also closed the following day, Friday, November 24)
Christmas Eve [Advanced Observance]: Friday, December 22 (Open 8am-12pm, closed in afternoon)
Christmas Day - Monday, December 25
New Year's Day 2018 - Monday, January 1
Memorial Day - Monday, May 28
Independence Day - Wednesday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, September 3
Veterans' Day [Belated Observance]: Monday, November 12
Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 22 (Also closed the following day, Friday, November 23)
Christmas Eve - Monday, December 24 (Open 8am-12pm, closed in afternoon)
Christmas Day - Tuesday, December 25
Step 2: Application & Payment
Give yourselves the better part of an hour when planning to come in to apply for your Marriage License. Save some time and fill out this application form COMPLETELY. Both parties to the marriage must be present at the time of application with valid photo ID that displays date of birth such as: Driver License (any State), Military ID, Passport, State-issued ID card. We cannot accept Birth Certificates, Baptismal Certificates or Foreign Consular IDs. You do NOT need to bring/show us your Social Security card, but you will need to submit your Social Security Number on your application. Cost is $30 for the application and to receive to the License. Certified copies cost an additional $3.00 each.
We have marriage applications and requirements in Spanish!
Tenemos aplicaciones y requisitos del matrimonio en Español. Each situation is unique, here are some “what-if’s”:
If one person can’t make it to the application, fill out this Absentee Affidavit. Important: have it notarized and bring it into the office with a clear copy of the absent applicant’s ID.
If you’ve been married before, we’ll need some additional information. Check out the application for exactly what information we’ll need. If you've been Divorced multiple times, or Divorced and Widowed, please only provide us with the most recent event information.
We accept cash, checks with photo ID and debit/credit cards. Please note there is an additional convenience charge for debit/credit cards.
Step 3: Get Married!
- Civil Ceremony: Overseen by a judge, retired judge, magistrate or another official certified to oversee and solemnize marriages. To set up an appointment with a Summit County Court judge, you’ll need to make an appointment in advance by calling (970) 453-2272 or visiting the Clerk of Courts window at the Justice Center at 501 North Park Avenue during business hours. The judge will perform your ceremony and sign the Marriage Certificate.
- Religious Ceremony: Overseen by any ordained individual. Click here for a list of Officiants that we know of, or you can contact a local church of your choice. The Officiant will perform your ceremony and sign the Marriage Certificate. If you have an Ordained Officiant of your choice from outside of Colorado, there are no requirements/paperwork/certifications for your Marriage License application with our office. They do not need to be present at the time of application, we will provide the applicants (the couple) with a sample to show the Officiant how to sign the Colorado Marriage License properly.
- Self-Solemnization: Overseen by the parties to the marriage themselves, without an Officiant or Judge. This can be explained in further detail when you arrive to apply for your License.