Marriage & Civil Union Licenses

Applications

Print out the proper application here, fill it out and bring it with the appropriate
documentation to the Office of the Clerk and Recorder.

Where and when can a marriage or civil union license be obtained?

To apply for a marriage or civil union license, both you and your intended spouse must appear in person at the Office of the
Clerk and Recorder:

County Courthouse
1557 Greene St
PO Box 466
Silverton, CO 81433
Phone: 970.387.5671
Fax: 970-387-8043

EMAIL
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8am to 4:00pm with lunch from noon to 1:00pm.
Due to time constraints, license applications will not be processed after 3:45pm.
 

Where and when can a marriage or civil union license be obtained?

To apply for a marriage or civil union license, both you and your intended spouse must appear in person at the Office of the Clerk and Recorder:

County Courthouse
1557 Greene St
PO Box 466
Silverton, CO  81433
Phone: 970.387.5671
Fax: 970-387-8043

EMAIL
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8am to 4:00pm with lunch from noon to 1:00pm.
Due to time constraints, license applications will not be processed after 3:45pm.

 

How to apply

You must be able to provide the following to obtain a marriage or civil union license.
  • Provide the date of your ceremony
  • Tell whether you have been married before and if you are widowed or divorced and be able to provide the exact date and location of your divorce or spouse's death. Both parties must be able to provide this information
  • If you are related by blood, be sure to state how you are related
  • Provide the city and state where parents of both parties were born
  • Be able to answer how you are solemnizing your marriage or union. Judge? Religious? Self-solemnization?
  • You must have $30.00 cash or check for the marriage license fee.
     
You and your intended spouse each must present one of these valid forms of identification:
  • U.S. state-issued driver's license or permit
  • U.S. state-issued ID
  • U.S. military ID
  • Passport (with certified English-language translation if non-English

Please note the name on the marriage license will appear exactly as it is on the ID you provide. 

Additionally, if you have a Social Security number you are required to provide it. If either party does not have a Social Security number (they are from another country, or they are in the process of obtaining U.S. citizenship)they are not required to have one to get married.

Important Note: Birth certificates, baptismal certificates and Mexican Consular IDs (Matricula Consular) are not acceptable for marriage license applications.

MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION

CIVIL UNION APPLICATION

Recording Your License

It must be returned to the Clerk and Recorder's Office within 63 days of the date of the ceremony. Licenses returned more than 63 days after the date of the ceremony shall incur a minimum late fee of not less than $ 20.00 with an additional $ 5.00  assessed each day thereafter not to exceed $ 50.00 per Colorado Revised Statute 14-2-109(1). The postmark will be used to calculate applicable late fees. After it has been recorded, the original marriage license will be returned to your home address for you to keep as a permanent record.

Never submit your original license to anyone for documentation purposes; you may not get it back.  For circumstances requiring documentation of your marriage license, a certified copy may be obtained for $3.00 per copy. A copy of a marriage license is not considered to be “official” unless it is obtained from the County Clerk’s Office.

You may obtain as many certified copies as you wish at any time. When requesting a copy, please include a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to avoid postage and handling charges.

 

Fees

Marriage License:              $30
Civil Union License:           $30
Certified Copy:                   $3
Non-Certified Copy:            $2
 

Parental Consent

Legal age without parental consent is 18 for both persons. If under the age of 18 and over the age of 16, written and notarized consent signed by both parents (or parent having legal custody), or legal guardian is required. A Judicial Court Order from the court of jurisdiction is required of anyone under the age of 16.
 

Identification

No blood test is required. Legal identification for proof of age is required. This can be a driver's license, birth certificate (original or certified copy), military ID, passport, or State issued identification. Social Security number is requested as well as place of birth and names and addresses of both parents.
 

Solemnizations

Marriages may be solemnized by judges, retired judges, magistrates, Indian tribe officials and clergy, or by the couple themselves. The person solemnizing the marriage must forward the marriage certificate to the County Clerk and Recorder's office within sixty days after the marriage.
A marriage license issued by Colorado is valid only for solemnization in Colorado. A marriage license issued by another state is not valid for solemnization in Colorado.
 

Prohibitions

Couples are prohibited from marrying when one of the parties is still married to another person. Also prohibited are marriages of brother and sister, uncle and niece, or aunt and nephew, whether the relationship is by half or whole blood.