Marriage licenses

Application

Appointments are not required to obtain your marriage license in-person, but are a great way to have a guaranteed time to be seen and a quicker trip. During appointment windows, appointments are helped first and then other visitors are helped in order of arrival.

  • Appointments: Appointments are available 8:00am-3:00pm Monday to Thursday. If you want to come with a group of family and friends, we ask that you make an appointment. The appointment calendar is available 21 days in advance, refreshing daily. 
  • Drop-ins: If your schedule is flexible and you don't mind a potential wait, come by any time from 7:30am-5:00pm, Monday to Thursday. Please note that Mondays are our busiest days for marriage licenses, and there is often a line that lasts throughout the day.

Whether you have an appointment or are going to drop-in, please complete the online application form before your arrival.

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  • Both people should be present to apply. If this is not possible, one party must appear with a completed and notarized absentee affidavit, as well as original identification for the absent party.
  • Marriage licenses can be purchased for $30 and may be used immediately within the state of Colorado. The license is valid for 35 days from the issue date.

Marriage license requirements

Learn more about information required for a marriage license as well as accepted forms of identification.

Marriage solemnization

Per C.R.S. 14-2-109, Marriages may ONLY be solemnized by:

  • Judges, retired judges, magistrates, public officials authorized to perform marriages (civil).
  • Clergy—they must be ordained/recognized to lawfully perform marriages (religious)
  • American Indian Tribe official (religious)
  • The couple themselves (self)

Only those listed above are authorized to sign the marriage certificate as the officiant. A friend or relative may not solemnize the marriage unless they are authorized to perform marriages. Please note, "officiant" is not a title. If there is no identifiable title (pastor, minister, judge, magistrate, etc.) it will be considered a self-solemnization.

The marriage certificate must also include the county, date, and location where the marriage took place AND both party's signatures as they appear on the license (witnesses are not required). The completed marriage certificate must be forwarded to the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder's office within 63 days after the marriage; failure to comply may result in late fees.

Marriage application copy request

Pursuant to CRS 24 72, 204(3)(a)(XIX)(A), copies of marriage applications are only available to the bride or groom or an immediate family member. To obtain a certified copy of a marriage application, please complete the form and have it notarized. Fee is $2.25 per copy.

Marriage license copy request

Copies of marriage licenses are $0.25, or $1.25 for a certified copy. A postage paid, self-addressed envelope is required with the order. Access the Marriage License Copy Request (PDF).