Marriage Licenses

Any marriage licenses not returned to our office within 63 days from 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.

The Marriage License Process

Both parties must appear in person to be issued a license If this is not possible, one party must appear with a completed and notarized absentee affidavit as well as approved original identification for the absent party.

  1. The couple must first meet the general requirements and restrictions
  2. The couple applies for and is issued a marriage license no more than 35 days before the ceremony
  3. The marriage (and license) are solemnized (for example, a religious ceremony)
  4. After the certification, the applicants register their Marriage License by returning the completed License/Certificate to the County Clerk in the County where it was issued.

Each of these items are discussed in detail below.

General Requirements and Restrictions

Marriage License Application

Age Requirements

If either party is 16 or 17 years of age at the time of application, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of the parental consent form by both parents or;
  • Completion of the parental consent form by the custodial parent and proof of sole custody or;
  • Completion of the parental consent form by the child’s legal guardian and proof of guardianship
  • Judicial approval by court order
  • Original birth certificate
  • Photo ID (a school ID is acceptable)
  • Copies of consenting parent’s ID’s are required

If either party is under  16 years or younger at the time of the application the following requirements apply:

  • Parental consent as listed above AND;
  • Judicial approval by court order
  • Original birth certificate
  • Photo ID (a school ID is acceptable)

There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these requirements. If your situation is not covered, please call our office at 303.660.7446 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) to obtain specific instructions on what will be required for your circumstances.

Social Security Number Required

Per Colorado Revised Statute § 14-2-105, social security numbers are required on the marriage license application. If an applicant does not have a social security number, an affidavit provided by the Clerk’s Office must be signed stating that the party does not have a social security number.

Prohibited Marriages

  • Ancestor and descendant
  • Siblings
  • Uncle and Niece
  • Aunt and Nephew

Marriage between first Cousins is permitted in Colorado.

Applying for a Marriage License

Entering the applicant’s information into the online kiosk will significantly speed up the processing time when the parties appear in the Office of the Clerk and Recorder to obtain their license.  Please review the full list of requirements before beginning your application.

Important Information about Marriage Licenses

  • Marriage Licenses are valid for 35 days from the date of issuance
  • Licenses issued more than 35 days before the date of the ceremony will not be valid
  • Both parties must appear in person for the license to be issued. If this is not possible, one party must appear with a completed and notarized absentee affidavit and a legible copy of the ID used for the notary by the non-appearing party
  • If either party has been divorced the following information must be provided:
    • Date of the divorce
    • Type of court where the divorce took place
    • The city and state where the divorce occurred
  • Applicants for a marriage license do not need to be Colorado residents
  • Marriage licenses issued in Colorado are only valid for use in Colorado
  • Once the marriage has been solemnized, the license must be returned to the issuing County Clerk for recordation within 63 days from the date of the ceremony

Proof of Identity Required

Applicants must provide proof of identity and date of birth. All identity documents must be in English. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Military Identification
  • Birth Certificate (Presenting a birth certificate as proof of age and/or identity requires some form of photo ID.)

Once a marriage license is issued, it is valid for 35 days, however; parties may apply for a marriage license at any time.

Both parties must appear in person in order to be issued a Marriage License. If both parties cannot appear in person, please refer to the Absentee Affidavit information.

Fees and Costs

The fee for a Marriage License is $30, payable by cash or credit card only. Additional copies of the license (after recording) are $1.25 each. Shipping and handling charges may apply.

Locations that Issue Marriage Licenses

In Douglas County, you can apply and be issued a Marriage License at:

Recording Division

301 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Solemnizing The Marriage

Colorado allows for three types of solemnization: Religious, Civil, or Self. Regardless of which type is selected, witness’ signatures are not required on the marriage license. The ceremony must occur within 35 days after the license is issued in order for it to be lawfully valid.

Religious Ceremonies

Religious officiants must sign the marriage license and be recognized by the organization that ordained them to lawfully perform marriage ceremonies in Colorado. Out-of-state clergy do not need to be registered in Colorado, but must be authorized by their organization / entity to perform ceremonies in Colorado.

Civil Ceremonies

Judicial officiants must be recognized by the State of Colorado to perform marriages and must sign the marriage license.

Judges performing Weddings / Civil Ceremonies 

The following judges perform marriage ceremonies. An appointment is generally required. However, if a judge is available a ceremony may be performed on a walk-in basis.

Douglas Combined Court

  • Judge Larry Bowling 720-437-6171
  • Judge Susanna Meissner-Cutler 720-437-6251
  • Judge Monica Gomez 720-437-6253
  • Magistrate Rebecca Moss 720-437-6287
  • Judge Shay Whitaker 720-437-6279
  • Judge David Stevens 720-437-6270

Self Solemnized Licenses

A couple may choose to not have either a religious or civil ceremony and declare themselves legally married under C.R.S.§ 14-2-109.
Friend or relatives can not solemnize their marriage unless they are authorized to conduct a religious or civil ceremony in Colorado.

Recording the Marriage License

After the original Marriage License has been signed by all parties involved, it must be returned to the Castle Rock Recording Office. This must occur within 63 days after issuance of the license. After it has been registered, the original license will be returned to the address provided at the time of application. The license should be kept as a permanent record.

Never submit the original license to anyone for documentation purposes; you may not get it back. For circumstances requiring documentation of the marriage, a certified copy of the license or application may be obtained for $1.25 per copy. Please note that access to Marriage License applications is restricted under Colorado Law.  Contact the Recording Division with questions.  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. If you are unable to include the SASE shipping & handling charges will apply.

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