Getting Married in Colorado: What You Need to Know About Marriage Licenses & Self Solemnization

December 2, 2019

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Are you getting married in Colorado? In order to make your marriage official & legal, you need to follow local regulations & laws & make sure you get your marriage license. Did you know you can also self solemnize in Colorado? This means that an officiant is not needed to legally get married in the state of Colorado.

Self-Solemnizing Your Marriage

When you elope in a place that you both love, then you will be sure to enjoy the day the way that you intend to do. But sometimes it can be hard to find an officiant that will travel or hike to where you want to get married. You can write your own vows and make your day as special as you want without depending on other people.

Self-solemnizing your elopement allows you to have as much privacy as you want & enables you to say your vows & promise yourselves to each other in the most intimate way possible. Having the ability to go away into the mountains of Colorado & get married without anyone else around is exactly what some couples want. You can have the opportunity to celebrate your marriage the way you want. Self-solemnizing makes eloping in Colorado easier.

Obtaining A Marriage License

In order to be married by the law in Colorado, you will need to get your marriage license. You can get your marriage license in Colorado without an officiant. Getting your marriage license requires filling out an application & paying a fee. Go to a county clerk’s office in Colorado to get your marriage license. You can get a license from any county in Colorado, no matter where you are getting married. The license is valid for all counties across Colorado. You can save time by filling out the application online but will still need to go in-person to pay the fee.

Some of the things that are necessary to get the marriage license and be legal include:

Information – The date and the state that you are marrying is necessary. Be sure that you are giving the correct information on the application. You will also need to provide your social security numbers, parents’ names & current addresses, & places of birth.

Fee – There is a fee to get your marriage license. You can pay by cash or money order in the amount of $30.00. Almost all areas do take credit cards.

Be Present – Both people need to be present. You both have to be there to show ID. One of the two of you may be absent as long as an Absentee Affidavit is completed, along with a notarized signature and a copy of the absent party’s valid identification.

ID Required – In the couple, both people need to show ID. You can use a driver’s license, state-issued ID, passport, birth certificate, or a U.S. military ID.

Officiants or Witnesses are not Required – In Colorado you can marry yourselves without the need for an officiant or even witnesses. If you would prefer, I can sign your license as an ordained officiant. However, I don’t perform ceremonies, I only act as an officiant or witness as needed.

Find more information on the website about getting married in Colorado.

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Get Married in Your Own Way in Colorado

You do not have to follow all of the aspects of a more traditional wedding. But if you are getting married in Colorado you will need the marriage license to make it legal. You are free to have an officiant or your own type of union.

Make the most of your own wedding. Use the time to spend together creating a union of love and trust. It’s the beginning of the rest of your life together. Make it special! Do what you want on your wedding day & enjoy the time that you have together. It may be the best day of your lives up to that point but believe me when I say that there are many better best days to come!

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So much great info packed in here. That’s so cool you don’t need an officiant in Colorado.

I wish we had self-solemnizing weddings over here where I live! Colorado is just the perfect place with a gazillion versatile and off the beaten track locations to get married – I can’t wait to visit some day!

Loooooove this post Malachi! These are such great insights and I love that you have so much local experience!

ohmygawshhhhh what great advice! You have such good tips about getting married in colorado!

I wish more states would do self-solemnizing! This is a great resource!

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