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How to Apply for a Marriage License

  • Appointments are not required for Summit County residents who provide a Summit County physical address on their application.
  • Summit County residents can come into the office during business hours: Mondays-Fridays 8:00am-4:30pm except observed holidays and be served without an appointment.
  • There is no waiting period or testing in the State of Colorado for Marriage Licenses.
  • Licenses are issued same day, the process takes about 20 minutes.
  • Colorado Marriage Licenses are only valid for ceremonies that take place in Colorado.
  • Applications are accepted in person only, no remote or advance applications are processed.
  • The Clerk & Recorder office is small and busy!  We have 3 divisions of government services in one small area and cannot accommodate anyone other than the two applying parties to the marriage (children and ADA assistance excepted).  The Clerk & Recorder's Office is not a location for a ceremony with an audience of any size.
  • Apply in person, no remote or advance applications accepted. Fill out and print the Marriage License Application ahead of time if you'd like to save some time.
  • No SSN?  No problem.  If one or both parties does not have a Social Security Number, please fill out, print, and bring with you this No SSN Affidavit with application (one per person).  We have them available in the office as well.
  • Cost is $30 for the License, couples are automatically charged for 3 certified copies (additional $3 each).
  • Marriage Licenses are valid for only 35 days from date of issue

 Requirements: ID & Age

  • The License and Certificate are on the same piece of paper, obtained at the same time upon time of application.
  • Both parties must be present at the time of application, there are no remote or advance applications available at this time.
  • If either party is under 18, contact us in advance of visiting our office for additional required documentation such as Parental or Judicial Consent.
  • Both parties to the marriage must furnish one form of valid, photo identification (e.g. Drivers License, Passport) upon arrival.  We do not need a Birth Certificate or anything in addition to your photo identification, unless you have rare/special circumstances and have spoken with Clerk staff prior to visiting the office to apply.

Types of Solemnization

The type of solemnization you choose for your Marriage License is a personal choice, County staff cannot make the decision for you.  You will need to know your decision by the time of your application, so we can provide you with a sample of how to fill out the Marriage License properly.

  • Self-Solemnization: no Officiant, no Judge, just the Parties to the Marriage solemnizing their own Marriage Certificate.  You may do this at the counter same-day, or at a destination within Colorado of your choosing.
  • Religious: couples select someone from a denomination of their choosing to officiate the ceremony and sign the Certificate.  The Clerk & Recorder does not provide Officiants on site, couples must make their own arrangements.  Find a list of known local Officiants below.
  • Civil: usually a Justice of the Peace, Magistrate, Judge or Retired Judge of the couple's choosing will officiate the ceremony and sign the Certificate.  The Clerk & Recorder does not provide Officiants on site, couples must make their own arrangements with the Courts or Officiant of their choosing.
  • This is the list of local, Summit County-based Officiants who have contacted our office offering their services.  Inquire with each person/company about pricing and availability.  Summit County Government does not make recommendations or promote any business over another, and this list is for courtesy contact information only.
  • The Clerk's Office does not need any paperwork or communication from Officiants performing ceremonies in Summit County.  Officiants can be ordained from their organization of choice.