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Colorado Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Colorado. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Colorado. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Colorado.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 30 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Colorado

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Colorado

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Colorado

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Colorado to get an Ordination Package. While Minister registration is not technically required in Colorado you may be asked to display proof of your ordination to the county clerks before they will accept the marriage as having been legally solemnized. Having this proof of your ordination will also provide peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

The state of Colorado is one of the few places in the United States that allows people to solemnize their own marriage. Colorado Revised Statute 14-02-0109 allows couples to perform their own wedding ceremony with or without religious authorization. The couple must, of course, meet the age and status requirements for marriage before performing a ceremony. It is important to note that, in the case of self-married couples, both the bride and groom must list themselves as the officiants on their marriage certificate and only the bride and groom may list themselves as officiants.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Colorado

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Colorado marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 30 days, and there is no mandatory waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Colorado and when the ceremony may be legally performed. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its date of expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Colorado, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Colorado wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.

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Colorado Marriage Code

Marriage in Colorado is governed by Title 14 of Colorado's General Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
14-2-109. Solemnization and registration.

(1) A marriage may be solemnized by a judge of a court, by a court magistrate, by a retired judge of a court, by a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, by the parties to the marriage, or in accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious denomination or Indian nation or tribe.

Either the person solemnizing the marriage or, if no individual acting alone solemnized the marriage, a party to the marriage shall complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the county clerk and recorder within sixty days after the solemnization.

Any person who fails to forward the marriage certificate to the county clerk and recorder as required by this section shall be required to pay a late fee in an amount of not less than twenty dollars. An additional five-dollar late fee may be assessed for each additional day of failure to comply with the forwarding requirements of this subsection (1) up to a maximum of fifty dollars.

For purposes of determining whether a late fee shall be assessed pursuant to this subsection (1), the date of forwarding shall be deemed to be the date of postmark.

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Adams County Clerk

450 South 4th Avenue
Brighton, Colorado

Phone: (303) 654-6020
Fax: (303) 654-6009
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Alamosa County Clerk

402 Edison Avenue
P.O. Box 630
Alamosa, Colorado

Phone: (719) 589-6681
Fax: (719) 589-6118
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Arapahoe County Clerk

Administration Building
5334 S. Prince Street
Littleton, Colorado

Phone: (303) 795-4520
Fax: (303) 795-4200
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Archuleta County Clerk

P.O. Box 1507
Pagosa Springs, Colorado

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Bent County Clerk

P.O. Box 350
Las Animas, Colorado

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Boulder County Clerk

1750 33rd Street
Boulder, Colorado

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Chaffee County Recorder

104 Crestone Ave.
P.O. Box 699
Salida, Colorado

Phone: (719) 539-4004
Fax: (719) 539-8588
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Cheyenne County Clerk

51 South 1St St
Cheyenne Wells, Colorado

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Clear Creek County Clerk

405 Argentine St.
P.O. Box 2000
Georgetown, Colorado

Phone: (303) 569-3251
Fax: (303) 679-2416
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Conejos County Clerk

6683 County Rd. 13
P.O. Box 127
Conejos, Colorado

Phone: (719) 376-5422
Fax: (719) 376-5997
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Costilla County Clerk

P.O. Box 308
San Luis, Colorado

Phone: (719) 672-3301
Fax: (719) 672-3781
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Delta County Clerk

501 Palmer Street
Delta, Colorado

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Denver County Clerk

201 W. Colfax Ave
Denver, Colorado

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Douglas County Clerk

301 Wilcox Street
PO Box 1360
Castle Rock, Colorado

Phone: (303) 660-7446
Fax: (303) 814-2776
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Eagle County Clerk

500 Broadway
P.O. Box 537
Eagle, Colorado

Phone: (970) 328-8710
Fax: (970) 328-8716
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El Paso County Clerk

200 S. Cascade
Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Elbert County Clerk

P.O. Box 37
Kiowa, Colorado

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Fremont County Clerk

615 Macon Avenue
Canon City, Colorado

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Garfield County Clerk

109 8th St
Glenwood Spring, Colorado

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Gilpin County Clerk

203 Eureka Street
P.O. Box 429
Central City, Colorado

Phone: (303) 582-5321
Fax: (303) 565-1797
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Grand County Clerk

308 Byers Ave
P.O. Box 120
Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado

Phone: (303) 725-3347
Fax: (970) 725-0100
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Gunnison County Clerk

221 N. Wisconsin
Gunnison, Colorado

Phone: (970) 641-1516
Fax: (970) 641-7956
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Huerfano County Clerk

401 Main St.
Wallsenburg, Colorado

Phone: (719) 738-2380
Fax: (719) 738-2060
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Jackson County Clerk

396 La Fever
P.O. Box 337
Walden, Colorado

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Jefferson County Clerk

100 Jefferson County Pkwy
Golden, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Clerk

251 16th Street
P.O. Box 249
Burlington, Colorado

Phone: (719) 346-8638
Fax: (719) 346-8721
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La Plata County Clerk

98 Everett Street
P.O. Box 519
Durango, Colorado

Phone: (970) 382-6283
Fax: (970) 259-5413
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Lake County Clerk

505 Harrison Ave.
P.O. Box 917
Leadville, Colorado

Phone: (719) 486-1410
Fax: (719) 486-3972
Lake County Clerk website »

Larimer County Clerk

P.O. Box 1280
Fort Collins, Colorado

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Las Animas County Clerk

P.O. Box 115
Trinidad, Colorado

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Logan County Clerk

315 Main St
Sterling, Colorado

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Mesa County Clerk

544 Rood St
Grand Junction, Colorado

Phone: (970) 244-1607
Fax: (970) 244-1703
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Moffat County Clerk

221 West Victory Way
Craig, Colorado

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Montezuma County Clerk

109 West Main St
Cortez, Colorado

Phone: (970) 565-3728
Fax: (970) 564-0215
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Montrose County Clerk

320 S. First St.
Montrose, Colorado

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Morgan County Clerk

231 Ensign St.
P.O. Box 1399
Fort Morgan, Colorado

Phone: (970) 867-5616
Fax: (970) 542-3525
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Otero County Clerk

13 W. 3rd St.
P.O. Box 511
La Junta, Colorado

Phone: (719) 383-3020
Fax: (719) 383-3026
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Ouray County Clerk

541 4th St
PO Box C
Ouray, Colorado

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Park County Clerk

501 Main St
P.O. Box 220
Fairplay, Colorado

Phone: (719) 836-4333
Fax: (719) 836-4348
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Phillips County Clerk

221 S. Interocean
Holyoke, Colorado

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Pitkin County Clerk

506 East Main
Aspen, Colorado

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Prowers County Clerk

301 South Main
P.O. Box 889
Lamar, Colorado

Phone: (719) 336-4337
Fax: (719) 336-5306
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Pueblo County Clerk

215 West 10th St
Pueblo, Colorado

Phone: (719) 583-6000
Fax: (719) 583-4894
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Rio Blanco County Clerk

555 Main Street
PO Box 1067
Meeker, Colorado

Phone: (970) 878-5068
Fax: (970) 878-3587
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Rio Grande County Clerk

965 6th Street
P.O. Box 160
Del Norte, Colorado

Phone: (719) 657-3334
Fax: (719) 657-2621
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Routt County Clerk

P.O. Box 773598
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Phone: (970) 879-1710
Fax: (970) 870-1329
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San Juan County Clerk

P.O. Box 466
Silverton, Colorado

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San Miguel County Clerk

305 West Colorado Ave
PO Box 548
Telluride, Colorado

Phone: (970) 728-3954
Fax: (970) 728-4808
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Summit County Clerk

P.O. Box 1538
Breckenridge, Colorado

Phone: (970) 453-3470
Fax: (970) 453-3540
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Teller County Clerk

101 West Bennett
Cripple Creek, Colorado

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Washington County Clerk

P.O. Box 'L'
Akron, Colorado

Phone: (970) 345-6565
Fax: 9703456607
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Weld County Clerk

P.O. Box 459
Greeley, Colorado

Phone: (970) 353-3840
Fax: (970) 353-1964
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Yuma County Clerk

310 Ash St
Wray, Colorado

Phone: (970) 332-5809
Fax: (970) 332-5919
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