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Marriage License
A Marriage License may be issued in any Colorado county and used in any county in the State of Colorado. Applicants do not need to be residents of Colorado (except in the case of a proxy marriage.) Arapahoe County is now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at all of our branch locations.

You may apply for a licenses at four locations in Arapahoe County. The license is issued the day it is applied for and may be used immediately. The license must be used within 35 days from the date of issue, and returned to our Littleton office for recording within 63 days of marriage.

Where to Apply
In Arapahoe County, applications for marriage licenses are available Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. (closed holidays) at the following Clerk and Recorder branch locations:
  • Littleton Branch, County Administration Building, 5334 S. Prince St., Littleton, 80120
  • Centennial Branch, Arapahoe County Lima Plaza, 6954 S. Lima St., Centennial, 80112
  • Aurora Branch, 490 S. Chambers Road, Aurora 80017
  • Byers Branch, 538 N. Highway 36, Byers 80103 (Open Mon-Fri, 8 a.m-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.)

Certification of License
A marriage may be solemnized by judges, retired judges, magistrates, Indian tribe officials and clergy, or by the couple themselves. Once solemnized, the completed marriage certificate must be returned for recording within 63 days of the marriage to our Littleton office only:
  • Littleton Branch, County Administration Building, 5334 S. Prince St., Littleton, 80120

Age Requirements
  • The legal age without parental consent is 18 years of age.
  • If age 16 or 17, written and notarized Parental Consent Form signed by both parents, the parent with legal custody, or the legal guardian is required.
  • Applicants 15 years of age or younger must obtain a court order granting judicial approval as well as complying with the above requirements. The court order must be obtained in the county where judicial approval has been granted.
  • Applicants must both be 18 years of age in the case of a proxy marriage (permissible only when one party is a member of the armed forces or a government contractor supporting military operations in another state or country and unable to attend the solemnization of the marriage.) 

Required to Apply
  • Complete the online Marriage License Application and then go in-person to a County branch location. Both applicants must appear in person to apply and sign the marriage application.
  • OR Notarized Absentee Application Form: If one party cannot appear due to illness, because he/she is out-of-state state, or incarcerated, the party applying must bring the absentee application along with identification for the absent party. The absentee application form must be notarized in advance. 
  • $30 Cash for Marriage License Fee. Cash only. No credit cards or checks are accepted.
  • Valid Identification for Proof of Age: Such as a Driver's License issued in the United States, Passport, Military ID, or State-issued ID Card. We do not accept IDs issued to inmates by a correctional facility. 
  • Social Security Number: If either party does not have a social security number, they must sign an affidavit provided by the Clerk's Office when applying for the license.
  • Place of Birth (City and State) must be listed on the application form
  • Parents' Names and Current Addresses must be listed on the application form

Additional Required Documents If Applicable
  • Divorce Decree or Information for Previous Marriages, if applicable. If either party has finalized a divorce within 30 days of applying for the marriage license, the final decree must be produced. This decree must be signed by the judge or court referee. If the divorce has been final more than 30 days, divorce information must be given regarding date of divorce, place of divorce and court in which the divorce was finalized. 
  • Parental Consent Form, if under age 18 (see Age Requirements above)
  • Judicial Court Order, if under age 16 (see Age Requirements above) 

Proxy Marriage
Proxy Marriage is only permitted under Colorado law in cases where one of the parties is a member of the armed forces or a government contractor supporting military operations in another state or country, and unable to be present and participate in the solemnization of the marriage. The absent party may designate another person to stand in his or her place as a proxy.

Additional Required Documents for Proxy Marriage:
  • Proof of Colorado Residence for at least one party
  • Notarized Hand-Written Statement in which the absent party appoints a person to serve as his/her “proxy” in their absence
  • Copy of valid ID for the person who will serve as proxy.

Name Change after Marriage
To change your name after a marriage, you will need to contact the Social Security Administration, your county Driver's License Office, and any other entity with which you conduct business.

Marriage License Copies
Copies of marriage licenses are available only at our Littleton Branch in the Recording Division. The fee for a copy is $0.25, or $1.25 for a certified copy. A postage-paid, self-addressed envelope is required with the order, and the document will be mailed to you.
Marriage License Documents