I am very excited that you are considering getting married in the state of Colorado! Colorado has so many stunning locations to offer – from panoramic mountain landscape, to deserts and canyons! Before you say “I do” to one another, you’ll need to obtain a marriage license in the state of Colorado. I wanted to create this blog post on helpful tips on what you will need to know ahead of time about getting a marriage license in Colorado!
First things first, getting married in Colorado is pretty laid back. My husband and I eloped, and got married in the state of Colorado; it was simple and stress free for us! To begin, You will want to check and be sure of which county in Colorado you are getting married at. Then, you will need to visit the county clerk office where you’ll be getting married and apply for marriage certification at your county clerk’s office. Some offices may allow you to complete everything online, and some may require in-person visits.
Next, you will need to fill out an application and pay a fee. The fee varies by county, but it is typically anywhere around $30.00-$50.00. After submitting your marriage certification application, you just now have to wait for the license to be issued! In Colorado, there is a mandatory one-day waiting period before you can use the license. After that, the license is valid for 35 days. I do caution to make sure to not obtain your Colorado marriage license too early! The marriage license has to be signed within 35 days of obtaining it. If you were to receive your license too early, this means that it wouldn’t be valid anymore by the time your elopement or wedding day arrives.
Further, a question I often get asked a lot is “Do I need a witness to get married in Colorado?”, and the answer is, nope! Witnesses are not required in the state of Colorado. Colorado considers it to be legal for just you and your significant other to sign the license as your own witness. In fact, this is exactly what my husband and I did when we got married in Colorado! However, you do still have the option to have a witness at your wedding or elopement, and have your witness sign the lines available on your marriage license!
Do you have a furry friend you love dearly? Well guess what? Your dog can serve as your witness for your wedding in Colorado! How fun is that!? Many couples have chosen to have their dog as their witness to celebrate the occasion with them! All you need to do, is bring an ink pad so that your dog can sign with his or her paw print on your Colorado marriage certificate!
Be sure to check out Kayla and Jerry’s beautiful Colorado elopement at Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs! They celebrated their special day with all their close friends and family in surrounding mountain views. They chose to have their relative and close friend serve as their witness when signing their Colorado marriage license!
To conclude, I want to congratulate you on your upcoming elopement or wedding in Colorado! I hope that this blog has been a helpful resource for you in how to obtain your marriage license in the state of Colorado!
It’s time to get married to the love of your life in Colorado! If you are looking to book a Photographer for your elopement or wedding in Colorado, let’s please chat! I would absolutely love to schedule a time to speak with you, and to hear all about your love story together! As Taylor Swift would say: “It’s a love story, baby just say yes!”.