Solemnization by an Officiant
Your marriage must be solemnized, then the marriage application and certificate must be recorded.
A marriage may be solemnized by an officiant who has been ordained or recognized by a religious denomination, a judge of a court, a retired judge, a court magistrate, a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, a Native American tribal official or a friend or relative who is ordained.
Clergy ordained out of state do not need to be registered in Colorado to perform a wedding.
Denver County Court maintains a list of judges(PDF, 169KB) who perform weddings during the week, on weekends, and in the evenings.
The solemnizing official will complete your marriage certificate.
You and your intended spouse may solemnize your own marriage. Neither witnesses nor officiant are required for a valid self-solemnization. Proxy marriages may not be self solemnized.
Other Important Information
The marriage license and marriage certificate are two distinct instruments that appear on the single form. Please do not separate them. The marriage certificate must be recorded no later than 63 days from the date of solemnization, or late fees will apply.
Use our instruction sheet as a guide for completing the marriage certificate:
Marriage Certificate Instructions(PDF, 500KB)
(en español(PDF, 475KB))