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Marriage License or Civil Union

Marriage licenses may be issued to a man and a woman, and civil union licenses may be issued to couples regardless of gender.  Ceremonies must take place in Colorado. Marriage licenses are not valid outside the state of Colorado although once the license is executed and solemnized, the legal marriage is recognized in other states. Civil Union licenses are similarly not valid outside of Colorado and may or may not be recognized in other states after being executed and certified depending on the specific other state laws.   

These licenses may be used immediately, or within 35 days of the date obtained, and  may be used anywhere in the state of Colorado. Blood tests are not required in the state of Colorado. There is no waiting period to use either license after it is issued to the couple. The fee for a license is $30 and certified copies are $1.25. Licenses should be returned to the Clerk & Recorder’s Office within 63 days after the ceremony to be recorded, after which the originals and requested certified copies will be mailed to the address indicated on the application. Failure to return within 63 days is subject to a fine. 

 Marriage License Age Requirements

  • Couples must be at least 18 years of age
  • Exceptions to the age requirement are available upon request by calling 970-328-8723
  • Proof of age is required

Civil Union Age Requirements

  • Couples must be at least 18 years of age
  • Individuals under a guardianship who are over 18 must have the guardian's written consent
  • Proof of age is required

 Application Process

  • Fill out the application online or in person at the Clerk and Recorder's Office.
    • Currently, Internet Explorer 9 is required to use the kiosk successfully.  You may come to our office and fill out the form online if this browser is not available to you.
    • If filling out the initial application online, follow the instructions below:
      1. Go to http://clerkservices.eaglecounty.us/MarriageKiosk
      2. Fill in all information for both members of the couple completely and accurately.
      3. When you have completed the form, hit the Submit button.
      4. Please come to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office with your required identification and payment to complete the process.    
  • You do not have to be a US citizen to obtain a marriage license or civil union license.
  •  If both parties cannot be present at the clerk’s office to complete the application process and provide identification, an absentee affidavit form must be filled out and a copy of identification showing age attached, both of which will then be delivered to the Clerk’s staff member by the party who is present.  
  • If you are unable to use the online Kiosk application process, please be aware that you will need to provide the following information along with your basic identifying information when you visit the clerk's office in person;
    • Your social security number (if you have no social security number, then you must complete an affidavit at the time of application)
    • Names and addresses of parents
    • Marital status
      • If divorced, the date and the court where the final decree was issued must be provided.
      • If widowed, then the date you were widowed.

Marriage Ceremony 

A marriage may be solemnized by:

  • Judge or retired judge
  • Magistrate
  • Indian tribe official
  • Clergy (out-of-state clergy need not be registered in Colorado)
  • Couples may certify their own ceremony
  • Only the above listed persons can solemnize a couple's vows
  • Witnesses are not required in the State of Colorado

Civil Union Ceremony

A civil union may be certified by:

  • Judge or retired judge
  • Magistrate
  • Indian tribe official
  • Clergy (out-of-state clergy need not be registered in Colorado)
  • Couples may certify their own ceremony
  • Only the above listed persons can certify a couple's vows
  • Witnesses are not required in the State of Colorado

Obtaining a copy of your Marriage License or Civil Union License