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 email@example.com.
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.
Plan your visit to our branch office with an appointment
Full-Service 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.
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:
A marriage may be solemnized by judges, retired judges, magistrates, Indian tribe officials and clergy, or by the couple themselves.
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.