A marriage license is required in Colorado

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Marriage requirements

The legal minimum age for marriage is 18 years. Proof of age must be provided on request (birth certificate, passport). Fiancées between 16 and 17 years of age require the consent of their parents, guardian or the guardianship court. Persons under the age of 16 require the consent of their parents or guardian and also the consent of the guardianship court. The court at the place where the applicant is based has jurisdiction. In this case, the marriage license should be applied for at the seat of the court.

Relatives in a straight line, brother and sister, uncle and niece, aunt and nephew and fiancée, if one of them is still married, cannot enter into marriage with one another.

Health certificate

A blood test is not required.

Marriage license

The fiancé must go to the registry office (County Clerk and Recorder) of a city (city) or a district (county) and obtain the marriage permit (marriage apply for a license. A bid is not required. The marriage license fee is $ 20 and must be paid in cash. The permit is valid for 30 days and can be used anywhere in Colorado.

The application for a marriage permit must be completed, signed and submitted personally by both fiancés. If a fiancé is unable to submit an application, he or she can be represented by the other. However, the signature of the fiancé who is not present must be certified on the application.


The marriage can be concluded on the basis of the marriage license by a (retired) judge, justice of the peace, public official, official Indian tribe official or a clergyman. Ministers from other states are not required to register in Colorado. In addition, under Colorado law, marriage can also be contracted by the fiancée personally. For more information, see Colorado Revised Statutes (C. R. S.) 14-2-109.

Further information on getting married can be obtained from the respective registrar.

In Denver, the County Clerk and Recorder is responsible, about which you can find more information here: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-office-of-the-clerk-and-recorder.html

A marriage concluded in Colorado is also valid in Germany. However, the prerequisites are that a) both fiancés meet the marriage requirements according to their respective home law (i.e. are of legal age, single or widowed or divorced and there are no other obstacles to marriage) and b) the marriage was legally concluded under Colorado law.

There are occasional delays in the recognition of the marriage certificate by German authorities, but these can be avoided if the following points are observed:
The marriage certificate form given at the time of marriage is not a civil marriage certificate. This “certified copy of the marriage certificate” must be applied for within sixty days from the “County Clerk and Recorder” of the place where the marriage license was issued for a fee of $ 3.00 and is issued after approx. 10 days. Due to an international agreement to which Germany and the USA have joined, the so-called Apostille (Certification note from an American body).

If you wish, you can apply for a family register to be created at the responsible German registry office after the marriage.