Marriage or Civil Union Licenses

Fees & General Requirements | Identification Requirements | Age Requirements | Absent Party Requirements | Previous Marriage or Civil Union Requirements | Legal Ceremony Types

Fees & General Requirements

  • The fee for a marriage license or civil union license is $30. Certified copies are $1.25 each.
  • A marriage license or civil union license may be issued in any county and used anywhere in the state of Colorado.
  • Colorado marriage licenses and civil union licenses are not valid if used outside the state of Colorado
  • The license and the certificate are on the same document. These should not be separated for any reason. The license gives the couple permission to marry or unite. The certificate documents when and where the couple married or united.
  • The license and certificate must be completed within 35 days from the date of issuance.
  • The license and certificate must be returned to the Adams County Clerk and Recorder’s Office for recording after completion.
  • Both applicants must appear in person to complete and sign the marriage license or civil union application. If one party cannot appear, he/she must obtain an Absentee Affidavit from the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. The Absentee Affidavit must be notarized. The party whom is applying in person must bring the Absentee Affidavit and the absent party’s identification at the time of application. Copies of the absent party’s identification are also accepted.
  • Applicants do not need to be Colorado Residents to obtain a marriage license or civil union license in Colorado.
  • Applicants will be required to swear and sign under oath that all information is true and correct to the best of their knowledge.

Identification Requirements

  • Must present a photo ID with a birth date.
  • Social security numbers are required for both parties. If a social security number has not been issued for either party, an affidavit may be signed at the time of application. (This affidavit is located on the right side of this page.)

Age Requirements

Marriage Licenses

  • The legal age without parental consent is 18 years of age.
  • Applicants who are 16 and 17 years old must have a notarized parental consent form and identification from both parents at the time of application. A parent who has sole custody of a minor will be required to provide a notarized parental consent form and provide identification at the time of application. Copies of the parent’s identification are also accepted.
  • Applicants 15 years old or younger must obtain a court order granting judicial approval as well as notarized parental consent forms and identification from both parents at the time of application. Copies of the parents’ identifications are also accepted. The court order must be obtained in the county where the judicial approval has been granted.

Civil Union Licenses

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Absent Party Requirements

  • Both applicants must appear in person to complete and sign the marriage license or civil union license application.
  • If one party cannot appear, he or she must obtain a notarized Absentee Affidavit. At least one party must be present in order to obtain a marriage license or civil union license. The party applying in person must bring the absent party’s notarized absentee affidavit along with the absent party’s identification. Copies of the absent party’s identification are also accepted.

  • If either party has been previously married or united, applicants must provide the date and the city and state where the marriage or civil union was absolved.
  • If the marriage was absolved by divorce or dissolution, applicants must provide the type of court where the divorce or dissolution was finalized. If this information is unknown, please contact the court where the divorce or dissolution was finalized. The Adams County Clerk and Recorder’s Office does not have access to court records.
  • If the party to the previous marriage was widowed, the applicants must provide the date and city and state where the decedent passed.
  • Applicants will be required to swear and sign under oath that all information is true and correct to the best of their knowledge.

Please note: If either party has been party to a civil union in the past, the name of the previous spouse/partner is required.

Legal Ceremony Types

There are three ceremony types that are legal in the state of Colorado:

  1. Civil - A marriage may be solemnized by the  judge of a court, a court magistrate, a retired judge of a court, or a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages.
  2. Religious - A marriage may be solemnized by any religious denomination or Indian nation or tribe
  3. Self - A marriage may be solemnized by the parties to the marriage

Forms & Resources

Contact
Clerk and Recorder
4430 S. Adams County Pkwy.
1st Floor, Suite E2400
Brighton, CO 80601
Ph: 720.523.6020

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(Excluding holidays)