Adams County offices are closed to the public until April 20, 2020.
The Recording office will continue to provide the following services during this closure:
- Online copy requests
- Recording services
- Mail documents including drop box at Government Center location
- Limited Phone Services
- Marriage/Civil Union Licenses*
The following services are not available during the closure:
- Walk-in Recording services
*In accordance with Colorado Governor Polis' executive order, Adams County will be issuing marriage licenses without requiring at least one person to be in person during the time the county is closed to the public.
Please follow these steps to obtain a marriage license:
- Fill out the online application
- Once your application is complete, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a phone appointment to issue your license. You will need to have the following ready before your appointment:
- Credit card payment to process over the phone
- Copies or photos of IDs—front and back—ready to email to an encrypted email inbox
Learn more about the Clerk & Recorder services that are still available during the closure.
Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Our knowledgeable staff would be honored to issue you a marriage or civil union license. We are here Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (excluding holidays) to assist you.
You are welcome to fill out the marriage license application or civil union license application ahead of time (links also provided at the bottom of the page). Be sure to fill out your parents’ information; it is required by the state regardless of the age of the applicants. Please bring the transaction number that you receive after submitting your application.
The fee for the license is $30; you may also pre-purchase certified copies of the marriage license for $1.25 each.
Hours of Issuance
The issuance of Marriage and Civil Union Licenses are between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Please be in the office by 4 p.m. to ensure time to issue your license.
- Marriage and Civil Union Licenses may be issued by any county you choose and be used anywhere in the State of Colorado.
- Colorado Marriage and Civil Union Licenses are not valid if used or signed outside of the state.
- The license and the certificate appear together on the document. Please do not separate them for any reason.
- Once issued, the certificate portion must be filled out within 35 days. Once the certificate is filled out, you then have 63 days to return it to our office for recording.
- Applicants do not need to be residents of Colorado to obtain the Marriage or Civil Union License.
- Applicants are required to swear and sign under oath that all information on the application is true and correct to the best of their knowledge.
- To ensure the privacy of our customers and due to the sensitive nature of the documents in our office, we do not allow ceremonies to be performed or photos taken in our office and/or lobby.
- Applicants must provide proof of identity and date of birth. Acceptable forms of I.D. include:
- Current Drivers’ License
- Military Identification
- State-issued I.D.
- Social Security Numbers are required for both parties. If a Social Security Number has not been issued for one or both of the applicants, an affidavit must be signed at the time of the application. (Social Security Affidavits: marriage licenses and civil union licenses; also available at the bottom of the page.)
- The legal age to get married or to obtain a civil union license is 18 years of age.
- Due to the passing of HB19-1316, persons under 16 cannot obtain a marriage license.
- A person who is 16 or 17 years old can only obtain a marriage license with a court order. Parental consent is no longer accepted.
- Both parties must appear in person to complete and sign the Marriage or Civil Union License application.
- If one party is unable to appear in person, they must complete an Absentee Affidavit (marriage license absentee affidavit and civil union absentee affidavit) and have their signature notarized on the document. The party who can show up in person must bring in the completed Absentee Affidavit along with the I.D. (or a copy of the I.D.) of the absent party.
- If either party has previously been married or in a civil union, they must provide the date, city, and state where the marriage or civil union was absolved. If this information is not known, our clerks will attempt to look it up. If the divorce or dissolution took place in a different state, you may have to contact the court where it took place to obtain the date.
- If the party to the previous marriage was widowed, the applicant must provide the date, city, and state where the decedent passed.
- Please note: If either applicant was previously in a civil union, the name of the previous spouse/partner is required.
After our clerk verifies all the information on the application, they will print the application. Applicants are required to swear and sign under oath that all the information contained in the document is true and correct to the best of their knowledge.
There are three types of ceremonies that are legal in Colorado.
- Religious: A marriage solemnized by a religious officiant or Indian Nation or Tribe.
- Civil: A marriage solemnized by a judge of the court, a court magistrate, a retired judge of the court, or a public official whose powers include solemnization of a marriage.
- Self-solemnization: A marriage may be solemnized by the parties to the marriage.
Forms & Resources
- Social Security Affidavit for Civil Union License
- Social Security Affidavit for Marriage License
- Civil Union Absentee Affidavit
- Marriage License Absentee Affidavit
- Marriage License Information Guide
More questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Brighton, CO 80601
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Issuance of Marriage or Civil Union License
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.