How to Get a Marriage License in Colorado

How to Get a Marriage License in Colorado

Getting married is a wonderful and exciting time in your life. Before you can tie the knot, however, you need to obtain a marriage license.

If you're planning to get married in Colorado, here's what you need to know about how to purchase a marriage license.

First, you'll need to visit the county clerk and recorder's office in the county where you plan to get married. You and your partner will need to appear in person and bring valid identification. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver's license, state ID card, passport, or military ID. You'll also need to provide your social security numbers.

Next, you'll need to fill out an application for a marriage license. The application will ask for basic information about you and your partner, such as your names, birthdates, and current addresses. You'll also need to provide information about any previous marriages, including the date and location of the divorce or death of your former spouse.

Once you've completed the application, you'll need to pay the fee for the marriage license. The fee varies by county, but it is typically around $30. Some counties may only accept cash or check, so be sure to check ahead of time.

After you've paid the fee, you'll need to wait a few days for the marriage license to be processed. In Colorado, there is a mandatory waiting period of three days before you can use the license. The license is valid for 35 days from the date of issue, so be sure to plan your wedding accordingly.

When you're ready to use the license, you'll need to bring it with you to the ceremony along with two witnesses. The person who performs the ceremony will sign the license, and you'll need to return it to the county clerk and recorder's office within 63 days of the wedding.

Obtaining a marriage license in Colorado is a straightforward process. Just remember to bring valid identification, fill out the application, pay the fee, and wait for the license to be processed. With a little bit of planning, you'll be ready to say "I do" in no time!

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