Marriage Licenses

EXECUTIVE ORDER

 Marriage Licenses due to the Presence of COVID-19

Directives

A. The Governor temporarily suspends the following statutes prohibiting county clerk and recorder offices from issuing marriage licenses when county clerk and recorder offices are closed to the public due to the presence of COVID-19 in Colorado:

1.The requirement in C.R.S. § 14-2-106(1)(a) that at least one party to a prospective marriage appears in person before the county clerk and recorder and pays a marriage license fee, to the extent this statute

requires a party’s physical presence before a county clerk and recorder.

  1. The requirement in C.R.S § 14-2-106(1)(a)(I) that a party to a prospective marriage submit satisfactory proof that each party to the marriage will have attained the age of eighteen (18) years at the time the marriage license becomes effective, or if over the age of sixteen (16)years but has not attained the age of eighteen (18) years, has judicial approval, to the county clerk and recorder, to the extent this statute requires in-person submission of proof.
  2. The requirement in C.R.S § 14-2-106(1)(a)(II) that a party to a prospective marriage submit satisfactory proof that the marriage is not prohibited, to the extent this statute requires in-person submission of proof.
  3. The requirement in C.R.S § 14-2-107 that licenses to marry shall be issued by the county clerk and recorder only during the hours that the office of the county clerk and recorder is open as prescribed by law and at no other time.
  4. The requirement in C.R.S. § 14-2-107 that licenses to marry are only valid for thirty-five (35) days and if not used within thirty-five (35) days, are void and must be returned to the county clerk and recorder for cancellation.

 

B. The Governor encourages county clerks and recorders to adopt guidance and publicly display such guidance online regarding the following:

  1. Allowing a party to a prospective marriage to send a completed and signed marriage license application and the required payment to the county clerk and recorder, as required by C.R.S. § 14-2-106 (1)(a), by mail, fax, or online; and
  2. Allowing parties to a prospective marriage to submit satisfactory proof that each party to the marriage will have attained the age of eighteen

 

(18) years at the time the marriage license becomes effective, or if over

the age of sixteen (16) years but has not attained the age of eighteen (18) years, has judicial approval, as required by C.R.S § 14-2-106(1)(a)(I), and that the marriage is not prohibited, as required by C.R.S § 14-2­106(1)(a)(II), to the county clerk and recorder by mail, fax, or online.

III. Duration This Executive Order shall expire thirty (30) days from March 26, 2020, unless extended further by Executive Order.