Civil Union Licenses

Requirements

In accordance with the requirements below, a license for Civil Unions in Colorado may be obtained from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Office of the Routt County Clerk and Recorder. The License is valid upon receipt, and must be used within 35 days in the State of Colorado.

The fee is $30.00 as of May 1, 2013. Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted. A license issued by another state is not valid in Colorado.

Age


The age requirements for both parties are the same:
  • 18 and older
  • If either party is under legal guardianship, consent of the guardian is required.

Identification


Valid identification must be furnished by both parties.
Example: passport, birth certificate, drivers license, military I.D., etc.

    Application


    Both parties must complete and sign the civil union application form. At least one of the parties must apply in person before the clerk. If one of the parties cannot appear in person, he or she must complete an affidavit received from the county clerk's office with their signature notarized. Parties already married in another state may obtain a license by stating that they are married to each other. Applicants for a civil union license need not be Colorado residents.

    An online civil union application will be available soon.

    Ceremony


    Parties may certify their own civil union (C.R.S. 14-15-112). Others who can certify a civil union are a judge of a court, by a district court magistrate, a county court magistrate, a retired judge, the parties to the civil union or in accordance with any mode of recognition of a civil union by any religious denomination or Indian Nation or tribe. Clergy from out-of-state need not be registered in Colorado.

    License


    The person certifying the civil union shall complete the civil union certificate and forward it to the County Clerk and Recorder within sixty-three days after certifying. Any person who fails to forward the civil union certificate to the County Clerk and Recorder's office shall be required to pay a $20 late fee and an additional five dollar late fee may be assessed for each additional day of failure up to a maximum of $50.

    Witnesses


    Witnesses are not required in the State of Colorado. Some clergy, judge or public official may request them.