From the time you two decide to say “I do” and become life-long best friends, you start to realize that planning your intimate wedding or elopement is not quite as easy as you thought. There are questions about what dress to buy, who you may or may not want included on your special day, and, if you are eloping just the two of you, you’ll need to discuss how you want to share the news with your family.
You know the mountains of Colorado are the perfect adventurous backdrop for your wedding day, but now you need to know how to actually get married here to make it official. The good news it obtaining a marriage license and making your marriage legal in Colorado is pretty darn simple!
Getting Your Marriage License
The state of Colorado requires couples to apply for a marriage license in person (you both must go together). The marriage license is valid for only 35 days after you apply, so it’s important to do it within the month leading up to your wedding date.
If one of you is not able to apply for your Colorado marriage license in person, you are required to provide an Absentee Affidavit for the county you are applying in along with a copy of his/her valid I.D. and notarized signature.
Where To Go
Marriage licenses may be obtained in any Colorado county, regardless of where the ceremony will take place in Colorado. You will need to go the county clerk and recorder’s office. Some counties allow you to start your application online, like Denver County, but you still need to go in person with your valid I.D. to obtain the marriage license.
Both you and your partner are required to provide a valid U.S. state-issued I.D. with your name and date of birth. Valid identification forms include:
You will also be asked for the social security number for each of you.
Both parties must show identification for proof of age because Colorado requires each party to be at least 18 years old. If a person applying for a marriage license is 16 or 17 years old, he or she is required to provide parental consent and a court order verifying judicial approval if the applicant is younger than 15 years old.
Questions You’ll Be Asked
When applying for your marriage license you’ll need to be able to answer the following questions:
The fee for a Colorado marriage license is $30. Payments can be made in cash, check or debit/credit card. Forms of payment may change from county to county, so be sure to check with the county before heading in.
How To Fill Out Your Marriage Certificate The Day of Your Wedding
In Colorado, you are not required to be married by an ordained officiant. Colorado is one of few states that allows the couple to legally get married without a witness or ordained officiant (this is called self-solemnizing) – this means you can literally go to the middle of the mountains, just the two of you, and get married. If you do have an ordained officiant, they will be able to give you directions on how to fill out your marriage certificate. If you are self solemnizing or are having an un-ordained friend or family member officiate your ceremony, you can follow these instructions on how to fill our your marriage certificate.
As mentioned above, your marriage license is only valid for thirty-five days after you apply for it. So ideally, you would apply for it within the month leading up to your wedding.
The marriage certificate must be completed and returned within sixty-three days from the day of the wedding to the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. In most cases, couples will mail it back or drop it off at the same location they obtained their marriage license. Your clerk and recorder office will give you specific instructions on how to submit your filled out marriage license for recording.
Now you have all the information you need to get married in Colorado so you can legally cuddle-puddle your hubby for the rest of your life!
***This blog post is for informational purposes only and not for legal advice. I advise you to do your own research on Colorado law requirements to legally get married here.***