Colorado Marriage Laws

Colorado Outline

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
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  • 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.

View the Colorado Statutes on the official state site
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Adams County

4430 S. Adams County Pkwy. 1st Floor, Suite E2400
Brighton, Colorado

Phone: (720) 523-6020
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Alamosa County

Alamosa County Office Building 402 Edison Avenue
Alamosa, Colorado

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Arapahoe County

5334 S. Prince St
Littleton, Colorado

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Archuleta County

449 San Juan St. PO Box 2589
Pagosa Springs, Colorado

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Baca County

741 Main St., Ste. #2
Springfield, Colorado

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Bent County

725 Bent Ave. P.O. Box 350
Las Animas, Colorado

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Boulder County

1750 33rd Street, Suite 201
Boulder, Colorado

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Chaffee County

104 Crestone P.O. Box 699
Salida, Colorado

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Cheyenne County

51 South 1st P.O. Box 567
Cheyenne Wells, Colorado

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City and County of Broomfield

1 DesCombes Drive
Broomfield, Colorado

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City and County of Denver

201 W. Colfax Ave Dept. 101
Denver, Colorado

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Clear Creek County

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

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Conejos County

6683 County Rd. 13 PO Box 127
Conejos, Colorado

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Costilla County

400 Gasper St. PO Box 308
San Luis, Colorado

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Crowley County

631 Main Street
Ordway, Colorado

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Custer County

205 S. 6th St.
Westcliffe, Colorado

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Delta County

501 Palmer Street, Suite 211
Delta, Colorado

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Dolores County

409 North Main Street P.O. Box 58
Dove Creek, Colorado

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Douglas County

301 Wilcox Street First Floor
Castle Rock, Colorado

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Eagle County

500 Broadway, Suite 101 P.O. Box 537
Eagle, Colorado

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El Paso County

1675 W. Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Elbert County

215 Comanche Street
Kiowa, Colorado

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Fremont County

615 Macon Ave. Room 102
CaƱon City, Colorado

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Garfield County

109 8th Street, Suite 200
Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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Gilpin County

203 Eureka Street
Central City, Colorado

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Grand County

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

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Gunnison County

221 N. Wisconsin Suite #C
Gunnison, Colorado

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Hinsdale County

317 North Henson Street PO Box 9
Lake City, Colorado

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Huerfano County

401 Main Street Suite 204
Walsenburg, Colorado

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Jackson County

396 LaFever Street
Walden, Colorado

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Jefferson County

100 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 2530
Golden, Colorado

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Kiowa County

1305 Goff St
Eads, Colorado

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Kit Carson County

251 16th St., Suite 301
Burlington, Colorado

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La Plata County

98 Everett Street Suite C
Durango, Colorado

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Lake County

505 Harrison Avenue
Leadville, Colorado

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Larimer County

200 West Oak, Main Floor
Fort Collins, Colorado

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Las Animas County

1st & Maple Street Rm. 205
Trinidad, Colorado

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Lincoln County

103 3rd Ave
Hugo, Colorado

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Logan County

315 Main Street, Suite 3
Sterling, Colorado

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Mesa County

200 S. Spruce St
Grand Junction, Colorado

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Mineral County

1201 N. Main St
Creede, Colorado

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Moffat County

221 W. Victory Way, Ste. 200
Craig, Colorado

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Montezuma County

140 West Main Street, Suite 1
Cortez, Colorado

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Montrose County

317 South 2nd Street
Montrose, Colorado

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Morgan County

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

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Otero County

13 W. 3rd St. Room 210
La Junta, Colorado

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Ouray County

541 4th Street PO Box C
Ouray, Colorado

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Park County

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

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Phillips County

221 South Interocean Avenue
Holyoke, Colorado

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Pitkin County

530 E. Main St. 3rd Floor
Aspen, Colorado

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Prowers County

301 South Main, Suite 210
Lamar, Colorado

Phone: (719) 336-8011
Fax: (719) 336-5306
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Pueblo County

215 W. 10th Street
Pueblo, Colorado

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Rio Blanco County

500 Main Street
Meeker, Colorado

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Rio Grande County

965 6th Street
Norte, Colorado

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Routt County

522 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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Saguache County

501 4th Street P.O. Box 176
Saguache, Colorado

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San Juan County

1500 Greene St
Silverton, Colorado

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San Miguel County

305 W. Colorado Ave PO Box 548
Telluride, Colorado

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Sedgwick County

315 Cedar St, Ste 220
Julesburg, Colorado

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Summit County

208 Lincoln Avenue
Breckenridge, Colorado

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Teller County

20 East St. Vrain Street
Cripple Creek, Colorado

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Washington County

150 Ash Ave
Akron, Colorado

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Weld County

1402 North 17th Avenue
Greeley, Colorado

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Yuma County

310 Ash, Suite F
Wray, Colorado

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