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Colorado extends provisions for online marriage license appointments

Published Thursday, Jul. 27th, 2023

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Apply for your marriage license online in Colorado!



Colorado legislators voted yes to extend a temporary COVID-era provision that allows couples to meet with a county clerk remotely using audio-visual technology when applying for a marriage license or civil union license.


The law was scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2023, but will now remain on the books indefinitely. 


This means that couples who want to get married in Colorado can apply for their marriage license from the comfort of home from now on (or from anywhere else with an internet connection, for that matter). Couples should note that only some county clerk offices will offer online marriage license appointments, but that a license issued by one county can be used in any other county in the state. 


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The updated provision also includes new guidelines for specialized training by county clerks and recorders in counties that offer remote marriage services. This training must be completed yearly, and will be developed by the state’s human trafficking council to ensure that virtual appointments meet the same safety standards as in-person appointments in preventing human trafficking. 


The legislation (House Bill 1278 / HB23-1278) was introduced by Representatives Kyle Brown, Jennifer Parenti, and Julie Gonzales, and was signed by Governor Jared Polis on June 1st, 2023. The amendments go into effect on August 1st, 2023. 


Read the full text of the updated laws by clicking the links below: 


  • 14-2-106. License to marry. 
  • 14-2-106.5. License to marry without appearing in person.
  • 14-15-110. Issuance of a civil union license - certification - fee.
  • 14-15-110.5 Civil union license and certificate without appearing in person.



Other states have also chosen to keep popular online marriage services in place as the pandemic recedes, including Utah; certain counties in Texas, California, and Pennsylvania; and elsewhere. 


To learn more about Colorado’s civil union and marriage license application process, contact your local county clerk office. 



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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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