Marriage & Civil Union Licenses

Ready to apply for a marriage or civil union license? First, get started by completing the online application. This will save time and expedite the process before you visit us in person. (If applying for a Civil Union, create a username and password to select the civil union application.)

You must make an appointment, once you have completed your online application, to visit one of our branches in person. Please schedule your appointment within 35 days of the date that you plan to sign your license.

We offer full-service marriage/civil union license services at each of our main branch locations. This means you may apply for, obtain and record your license at a location that is most convenient for you, however we do not provide officiants to solemnize your marriage or civil union. Branch locations:

  • Aurora, 490 S Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80017
  • Centennial, 6954 S Lima St, Centennial, CO 80112
  • Littleton, 5334 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80120

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Timeline to Apply

A Marriage/Civil Union License may be issued in any Colorado county and used in any county in the state. Applicants do not need to be residents of Colorado (except in the case of a proxy marriage/union.) A marriage/civil union license is issued the day it is applied for and may be used immediately. The license must be signed within 35 days from the date of issue, and returned for recording within 63 days of solemnization/certification. If you are returning your license by mail, please send to our Littleton office only.

A marriage may be solemnized and a civil union may be certified by judges, retired judges, magistrates, Indian tribe officials and clergy, or by the couple themselves. A friend or relative may not solemnize the marriage or certify the union unless they are a judge or clergy. 

Age Requirements 

  • The legal age to marry or join in a civil union is 18 years of age.
  • Any party to a marriage/civil union that is 16 or 17 years old must obtain judicial approval prior to being issued a license. The court will appoint a Guardian Ad Litem for the underage party and direct the Guardian Ad Litem to investigate the best interests of the underage party.
  • Any party that is 15 years old or younger is not able to obtain a marriage/civil union license.

Steps to a Marriage/Civil Union License

All applicants must follow these three steps to apply for, complete and record their marriage/civil union license: 

STEP ONE: Apply for a Marriage License or Civil Union License

Learn about the requirements and what to bring to apply for a marriage/civil union license. 

STEP TWO: Complete Your Marriage or Civil Union License and Certificate

After you have applied for and received a marriage or civil union license and certificate, follow these instructions to properly complete the certificate. 

STEP THREE: Record Your License

You must return the completed marriage or civil union license and certificate for recording to any of our branch offices within 63 days of solemnization/certification. Branch locations:

  • Aurora, 490 S Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80017
  • Centennial, 6954 S Lima St, Centennial, CO 80112
  • Littleton, 5334 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80120

OPTIONAL:

Who Can Solemnize Our Marriage or Certify Our Civil Union?

A marriage/civil union may be solemnized/certified by judges, retired judges, magistrates, Indian tribe officials and clergy, or by the couple themselves.

If you wish for your ceremony to be officiated by a court judge, please call for more information:

  • 18th Judicial District Court in Centennial at 303-645-6666
  • Arapahoe County Court in Littleton at 720-568-4835

Search for Marriage/Civil Union License

You may search for recorded marriage/civil union licenses using our online Document Search for documents dating back to Feb. 1, 1996. Visit our office at the County Administration Building to find marriage licenses dating back to 1902.

Civil Union License

A “Civil Union” is a relationship established by two eligible parties, pursuant to CRS 14-15-104, that entitles them to receive the benefits and protections (and be subject to the responsibilities of) spouses.