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Apply for Marriage License

Apply for Marriage License

The Boulder County Recording Division is Closed to the Public - Marriage License Process During Office Closure

Effective April 8

To obtain a marriage license during our office closure, you will need the following:

  • Access to the internet on a computer (for application)
  • Video chat capability (for appointment)
  • Required ID (scroll down for checklist)
  • Payment (credit card only, to be processed during appointment)
  • Both parties are present, together in the same room, and in Colorado to apply for the license
  • We will only mail the license to an address within the state of Colorado
  • Plan to marry is within the State of Colorado

Once the application process and online appointment is completed, your application and marriage license will be mailed to you. Please allow for plenty of time as USPS may be slower than normal. The signed application and license must then be returned to our office in order to be considered valid.

Steps:

  1. Complete the online application. (Does not work on a mobile device. Online application instructions).
  2. Schedule an appointment for a video call for ID verification.
  3. Download Microsoft Teams in advance of your appointment. Application is free and available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices.
  4. Look for an email confirmation of your appointment time. When it is time for your appointment, follow the link in the Teams invitation. Both parties must be present in the same room and have IDs and payment ready.
  5. After your appointment, the application and license will be mailed to you via USPS. Once you receive these, you must:
    1. Both parties fill in the last 4-digit of SSN
    2. Both parties sign the application
    3. Complete the certificate portion of the license on your wedding day
    4. Return BOTH the signed application and completed license to the Recording office. A pre-addressed envelope will be provided. You will need postage.

Please note your license will not be recorded and will not be considered valid if the signed documents are not returned.

***Tip — If you will be self-solemnizing your marriage, see how to fill out the certificate portion here.

Marriage License

Checklist

Both applicants must provide the following to obtain a marriage license:

  • ID (Please bring one of the following):
    • Current U.S. driver’s license
      • Colorado licenses with the black strip that reads, “Not valid for federal identification…” are not accepted
    • Passport
    • Original or certified copy of birth certificate
  • Social Security number (if a foreign applicant doesn’t have a Social Security number they must complete a Sworn Statement Affidavit in our office)
  • $30 fee for the license (cash, check and credit card accepted; minimal fee for using a credit card of $0.75 + 2.26% of the total)

Divorced Applicants

If either applicant is divorced, provide the following in addition to the items listed above:

  • Date of divorce (month/day/year)
  • Place of divorce (city and state)
  • Type of court for the divorce

Widowed Applicants

If either applicant is widowed, provide the following in addition to the items detailed above:

  • Date of death (month/day/year)
  • Place of death (city and state)

Age Requirements

Applicants for a marriage license must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants who are 16 and 17 years of age require judicial approval.

Restrictions

Marriages are prohibited between the following:

  • Ancestor and descendant
  • Brother and sister
  • Uncle and niece
  • Aunt and nephew

Marriage License Details

  • Marriage licenses must be used within 35 days from the date of issue, anywhere in Colorado
  • Marriage licenses may be obtained in any county, regardless of where the ceremony will take place in Colorado
  • Witnesses are not required
  • Blood tests are not required

Officiants

A marriage may be performed by the following:

  • The couple themselves
  • Judge or court magistrate
  • Religious or tribal official authorized to perform a ceremony
  • Other public official authorized to perform a ceremony

If the couple chooses to perform the ceremony, they will complete the lower portion of the marriage license.

Find judges and magistrates who perform ceremonies in Boulder County.

Proxy Marriages

A proxy marriage may be performed if:

  • One party to the proxy marriage is a Colorado resident, and
  • One party is a member of the armed forces of the United States who is stationed in another country or in another state in support of combat or another military operation, or is a government contractor, or an employee of a government contractor, working in support of the armed forces of the United States or in support of United States military operations in another country or in another state.

If the parties to the marriage plan on having a proxy marriage, one of the applicants must apply in person and provide the following:

Recording a Marriage License

Licenses may be submitted by mail or in person at the Recording Division office for recording. If you bring the license in person it will be recorded at that time and returned to you. If you mail the license, it will be returned within two weeks from the time we received it. To record the license:

  • Complete the ‘marriage certificate’ portion of the license
  • Signatures of witnesses are not required
  • Bring in person to 1750 33rd St., Suite 201, Boulder, CO or 529 Coffman St. #100, Longmont, CO
  • Mail the license to 1750 33rd St., Suite 201, Boulder, CO 80301

Marriage License Details

  • A marriage license must be used within 35 days including the date of issue
  • A marriage license may only be used in the state of Colorado

Contact Us

If a marriage license is not returned to the parties one month after the ceremony, contact the office. The Recording Division may not have received the license from the officiating party.

Contact Us

Recording Division

303-413-7770
303-413-7775 (Fax)
Email
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F

Location

Boulder: 1750 33rd Street
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Longmont: 529 Coffman Street
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Lafayette: 1376 Miners Drive
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Mailing Address

1750 33rd Street, Suite 201
Boulder, CO 80301