Marriage Licenses

Application Process
Both the bride and groom need to be present during office hours to complete the Marriage License Application (PDF). If one party cannot be present, he or she must complete a marriage license application before a notary public prior to the application at the office. The ceremony may take place anywhere within the State of Colorado. The license is valid for 35 days, including the date of issuance. The bride and groom are not required to be Colorado residents to apply for a marriage license.

For applicants who have been previously married, be prepared to supply the date, place, and court, if divorced. Widows/widowers will need to furnish the date and place of death of their spouse.
Locations for Application
Meeker Office
555 Main Street
P.O. Box 1067
Meeker, CO 81641

Phone: 970-878-9460

Hours
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Rangely Office
17497 Highway 64
Rangely, CO 81648

Phone: 970-675-9465

Hours
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Requirements
  • $30 application fee.
  • Both parties to the marriage must be of age (18 years old).
    If the bride or groom are less than 18 years old, but more than 16 years old, the consent of both parents or the parent having legal custody (documentation provided) is required. If under 16 years old, a court order is required in addition to parental consent.
  • Legal identification is required.
    Valid Driver's License or ID, Passport, or certified copy of birth record.
  • No blood test is required.
    Beginning July 1, 1989, blood tests are no longer required in Colorado.
Restrictions
Couples may not apply for a marriage license while still married to another person. Divorces must be final before application is made.

Marriages between ancestor and descendant, brother and sister, uncle and niece, or aunt and nephew, whether the relationship is by half or whole blood, is prohibited. Cousins are permitted to marry in the State of Colorado.

Marriage Ceremonies
Persons in Colorado authorized by law to solemnize a marriage are: judges, retired judges, magistrates, Indian tribe officials, clergy, and the bride and groom. Clergy do not need to be registered in Colorado and may be from out-of-state.

Although couples may solemnize their own marriage, friends, or relatives cannot solemnize the marriage. Friends and relatives may participate in the ceremony, but may not pronounce the couple husband and wife. Couples may solemnize their marriage in the County Clerk's Offices after completion of the application or at any ceremony location and time of their choice.

Completing & Returning the Marriage License
Complete the bottom portion of the marriage license including county, date of marriage, place of ceremony, and signature lines. The person solemnizing the marriage must sign and indicate his/her official title. If solemnized by the bride and groom, both must sign the line for the person(s) solemnizing the marriage and indicate bride and groom on the official title line. The bride and groom must also sign on the lines for the bride and groom in the lower right hand corner. The person solemnizing the marriage is responsible to return the license to the issuing County Clerk's Office within 60 days of the ceremony. Witnesses are not required by law. There is no age requirement for a witness.

Certified Copies of the Marriage License
The marriage license is recorded in the county where issued. The original certificate is mailed to the return address indicated on the marriage license, generally within 1-2 working days. The cost for a certified copy of the marriage license is $1.25.

Marriage License Records
Marriage licenses are public information. Only marriage licenses issued by Rio Blanco County are recorded in the county records. Ceremonies may take place in Rio Blanco County with the license recorded in another Colorado county.