Marriage License

COVID-19 Service Update

We will not be issuing marriage or civil union licenses during this closure because Colorado law currently requires at least one party to appear in person at our office to obtain them. We apologize for this inconvenience.

As an alternative option you may file an Affidavit of Common Law Marriage with our office, please see Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s website for an example of that document.

Once you have completed a form, you may mail the document to the Recording Office with the appropriate payment of $13 for the first page and $5 each additional page. Please make checks payable to the Arapahoe County Clerk. The Affidavit will be recorded into the public record.

Once offices are open to the public, you may still apply for a marriage license even if you have previously filed a Common Law Affidavit.

If you have any questions, please email us at recording@arapahoegov.com.

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Marriage Licenses

Ready to apply for a marriage license? First, get started by completing the online application. This will save time and expedite the process before you visit us in person. Once you have completed your online application, visit us in person at any of our branch offices in Arapahoe County.

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Full-Service Marriage License
We are now offering full-service marriage licenses at each of our main branch locations. Apply for, obtain and record your marriage license at a location that is most convenient for you:

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

Timeline to Apply

A Marriage 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.) A marriage 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 marriage to our Littleton office only.

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

Age Requirements  

  • The legal age to marry without parental consent is 18 years of age.
  • Any party to a marriage that is 16 or 17 years old must obtain judicial approval prior to being issued a marriage 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 license.

Steps to a Marriage License

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

STEP ONE: 
Apply for a Marriage License 

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

STEP TWO: Complete Your Marriage License and Certificate 

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

STEP THREE: Record Your Marriage License 

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

  • Aurora, 490 S Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80017
  • Byers, 538 US-36, Byers, CO 80103
  • Centennial, 6954 S Lima St, Centennial, CO 80112
  • Littleton, 5334 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80120

OPTIONAL:

Who Can Marry Us?   

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

If you wish to be married by a court judge, please call for wedding information:

  • 18th Judicial District Court in Centennial at 303-645-6656
  • Arapahoe County Court in Littleton at 720-568-4832
  • Aurora Municipal Court in Aurora at 303-739-6535

Search for Marriage License

You may search for recorded marriage 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.