One of the most lovely states for marriage is Colorado. There is no more beautiful setting to exchange vows than here, with the mountains and the vistas. Although it may seem alluring, it's important for couples to realize that Colorado has unique laws regarding weddings within the state and what they can do if they want an online marriage in Colorado.

Are online marriages legal in Colorado?

Before the global pandemic, laws controlling the legality of weddings and celebrants were fairly strict. The officiant and the couple had to be present for the union to be considered legal. They also had to go visit the county clerk's office to obtain a marriage license. However, this caused a serious issue as the virus spread, social isolation set in, and several county clerk offices were closed.

Then, In 2019, the Utah County marriage license office and Utah County information technology departments started a year-long effort to create a fully digital end-to-end marriage license issuance and recording process, as part of a campaign promise to "bring the Clerk/office Auditor's into the 21st century." Couples now have the option to apply for a marriage license, do the ceremony, and have the officiant submit the necessary paperwork for the marriage certificate all online as of January 2020. This Utah online marriage procedure did away with the requirement that a couple must physically visit the office to get and return their marriage license.

The best part? Anyone can get legally married online through Utah's process, since you don't have to be a resident! You will receive a legal US Marriage Certificate since marriages performed legally in one state are recognized across the country, as long as they do not violate federal or state laws.

What if I want to have an in-person wedding in Colorado? What documents are required?

A basic form is required to be completed. The birthdays and addresses of both you and your spouse must be written down. You and your partner must also enter the names and places of birth of both of your parents. You should also bring the following items:

Age and identity documentation:

When you go to the county clerk's office, you must produce a picture ID with a date of birth, such as a passport or driver's license.

Evidence of divorce:

There is more information to fill out if you are divorced. The Colorado marriage license application asks for the date of the divorce as well as the county and state where it was recorded, according to Hunter, if the applicant has previously been divorced. Finding this data sometimes requires some detective work. Knowing this beforehand will assist you in having the information at hand while filling out the application.

Cost and fees:

The marriage license will run you about $30 and may be purchased with cash or a credit card. However, be mindful that this cost does not accommodate the fuel spent on commuting, the ceremony, and the officiation.

Can I obtain a marriage license from Colorado without visiting in person?

In Colorado, the ability to obtain a marriage license online varies county by county. Boulder County has made it possible to get a marriage license remotely, but there are several steps and requirements involved. Here are the steps for Boulder County:

  1. Complete the online application. (Does not work on a mobile device. Online application instructions).
  2. Schedule an appointment for a video call for ID verification. Appointments with Spanish-speaking staff members are available.
  3. Download Microsoft Teams in advance of your appointment. Application is free and available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices.
  4. Look for an email confirmation of your appointment time. When it is time for your appointment, follow the link in the Teams invitation. Both parties must be present in the same room and have IDs and payment ready.
  5. After your appointment, the application and license will be mailed to you via USPS. Once you receive these, you must:
  6. Both parties fill in the last 4-digit of SSN
  7. Both parties sign the application
  8. Complete the certificate portion of the license on your wedding day
  9. Return BOTH the signed application and completed license to the Recording office. A pre-addressed envelope will be provided. You will need postage unless you choose to use our drop box in Boulder or Longmont.

Other Counties in Colorado may still require that you go in person to fill up an application and speak to a representative.

Keep in mind that this does not include the process for finding an officiant, organizing, and having a wedding ceremony, which still has to be completed to be legally married. For your wedding ceremony, you will also be required to be within Colorado–meaning you, your officiant, and your witnesses will all be required to be located within Colorado. Your other guests may still join online.

If you want to skip all the hassle and steps, Courtly has optimized the whole procedure for you, providing you with a convenient way out. Using Courtly, couples may carry out the entire procedure remotely from any place. A legitimate US marriage certificate may be acquired quickly, easily, and with minimal documentation.

Are online marriages legal outside the United States?

If you want your wedding to be certified and/or recognized in a nation other than the United States, you might need to get an Apostille certification. An apostille guarantees that your marriage license is valid, verifiably legitimate, and recognized in all nations that have ratified The Hague Apostille Convention of 1961. Although distant appearance ceremonies conducted by a Courtly officiant are permitted by U.S. law, foreign countries or immigration authorities' approval of them may not always be recognized as valid, especially if your companion is a foreign national.

What are the processes involved in getting married online in Colorado?

Using Courtly, couples may do the entire process online from any place. A legitimate U.S. marriage certificate may be acquired quickly, easily, and in most cases, in less than 48 hours, without any documentation.

1. Complete the sign-up procedure by creating an account.

It's as simple as ABC to register with Courtly to be married online! To join up, simply click the "Get Married" icon in the top right corner and follow the on-screen instructions. As soon as you create your account, you should be able to access it.

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2. Upload your pictures and private data.

A government-issued I.D. with the applicant's name and birthday clearly displayed is required. In order to help you obtain your marriage license, our concierge will use our secure I.D. verification procedure. Our system accepts several types of I.D.s from more than 200 nations!

We will check for any ambiguities and work with the authorities to make sure everything is ready for your big day.

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3. Decide on the ceremony's format, setting, and officiant.

It's time to act! Choose a venue and ceremony style that suits you. Depending on the time and day you select, we'll match you with one of Courtly's legally qualified US officiants.

screenshot of courtly dashboard asking for ceremony preferences

4. After paying for your wedding package, you will get an email confirmation.

Make the payment and watch for Courtly's email of confirmation. When this is finished, the wedding bells should start to sound!

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5. Join your family and friends online to celebrate your marriage!

Finally, get hitched online while lounging in your house (or any other place with a strong internet connection!). It should take roughly 15 minutes to complete the ceremony.  

A digital copy of your U.S. marriage certificate will be sent to you immediately after your online wedding, and a printed copy will be sent to you within a few business days. Soon after the wedding, you may download your digital marriage license.

screenshot of courtly dashboard where you can download marriage certificate

So, getting married online in Colorado is a fast and uncomplicated process. With just a few steps, you'll be able to complete the process with ease. All you need is a valid email address, identification, and your payment method. For more information about Courtly's effort in making Colorado online marriage possible, please visit our website.

Let us handle the paperwork.

Getting married is complicated. Courtly simplifies the process and provides everything necessary to get married online, including providing a licensed officiant who can perform a remote ceremony.

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