Effective October 7, 2014, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office issued final clearance for county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This action followed legal court proceedings which struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Colorado. The following guidelines apply to all individuals applying for a marriage license in the state.
A license to marry in Colorado may be obtained during regular business hours at any of our Clerk & Recorder locations, in accordance with the requirements outlined below. The license is valid upon issue and must be used, in Colorado, within 35 days. The fee is $30.00, cash or debit/credit card payment only. Online requests for verification of marriage and divorce records may be made at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. For additional information, please review the Guidelines for Obtaining Marriage Licenses in Colorado below or contact the Recording Department.
For your convenience, the Parents Consent Form, the Affidavit Concerning Social Security Number and the Absentee Affidavit are provided in Adobe Acrobat format, which requires you to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your system for viewing. The forms may be printed out and completed prior to your visit to the Recording Department.
GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING MARRIAGE LICENSES IN COLORADO
Same for both parties
- 18 and older - No parental consent is required.
- 16 and 17 - Consent of both parents, parent having legal custody, legal guardian, parent having decision-making responsibility, parent with whom child is living, or judicial approval is required.
- Younger than 16 - Consent as listed above A ND judicial approval (court order) are required.
- There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these requirements. If your situation is not covered, please call our office at (719) 520-6200 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) to obtain specific instructions on what will be required for your circumstances.
- Parents Consent Form
- The original notarized Parents Consent Form and/or original notarized court order must be presented at the time of applying for a marriage license.
Valid ID must be furnished by both parties
Date of birth must be legible
All are valid forms of ID:
- Driver's licenses
- Birth Certificates (Birth Certificates in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation)
- Military identification cards
The following are NOT acceptable forms of ID:
- Consular cards
- City and county detention center ID cards
- Novelty ID cards
- Souvenir birth certificates (issued by hospitals)
Blood Test Requirements
- As of July 1, 1989, blood tests are NOT required for either party in the State of Colorado.
Social Security Numbers
- Social Security Numbers ARE required on marriage license applications (C.R.S. 14-14-113).
- If a party does not have a Social Security Number, the Affidavit Concerning Social Security Number must be completed and submitted at time of application for a marriage license. It may be signed and notarized in advance or signed
in front of the Deputy County Clerk at time of application.
Marriage licenses will NOT be issued
- One of the parties is still married to another person - all divorces must be final.
- Marriage between the following is prohibited regardless of whether the relationship is by
- ancestor and descendant
- brother and sister
- uncle and niece
- aunt and nephew
- Witnesses are NOT required in Colorado. Some clergy, judges, or public officials may request them.
- Both parties must complete and sign the marriage application form. At least ONE of the parties must apply IN PERSON before the Recording staff. If one of the parties cannot appear in person, he or she MUST complete and submit an original Absentee Affidavit with a notarized signature and provide a copy of valid identification showing proof of age of the absent party.
- If either party has been divorced, he or she must recite the date the divorce was finalized, city and state divorce took place, and the type of court. A divorce decree is not required at the time of completing the marriage application.
- A couple already married, who wish to renew their marriage vows, may obtain a license by stating that they are married to each other.
- Applicants for a marriage license need not be Colorado residents.
- Couples may solemnize their own marriage (C.R.S. 14-2-109). Others who can solemnize a marriage are judges, retired judges, magistrates, and public officials authorized to perform marriages (civil ceremony). Or, the marriage may be solemnized in accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by a religious denomination or Indian Tribe or Nation (religious ceremony). Only authorized individuals may solemnize a marriage. Although the couple may solemnize their own marriage, a friend or relative may not solemnize the marriage unless they are authorized to perform marriages. Clergy need not be registered in Colorado.
- For a list of judges who perform marriages you may access the 4th Judicial District Court website .
- The person solemnizing the marriage shall complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the Clerk & Recorder's Office within sixty-three days (63) after solemnizing. Any person who fails to forward the marriage certificate to the Clerk & Recorder's Office shall be required to pay a $20.00 LATE FEE and an additional $5.00 LATE FEE may be assessed for each additional day of failure up to a MAXIMUM of $50.00 .
- Please return completed marriage license/certificate to:
El Paso County Recording Department
P.O. Box 2007
Colorado Springs, CO 80901-2007
Marriage certificates must include the county and location where the marriage took place, the date of the marriage, the officiating party’s signature and title and the bride and groom’s signatures.