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Colorado County Clerks have marriages starting at these dates.

Adams - 1902
Alamosa - 1913
Arapahoe - 1860
Archuleta - 1886
Baca - 1889
Bent -1888
Boulder - 1864
Broomfield - 2001
Carbonate - see Lake
Chaffee - 1866
Cheyenne - 1889
Clear Creek - 1864
Conejos - 1871
Costilla - 1863
Crowley - 1911
Custer - 1877
Delta - 1883
Denver - 1860
Dolores - 1881
Douglas - 1864
Eagle - 1879
Elbert - 1874
El Paso - 1861
Fremont - 1865
Garfield - 1884
Gilpin - 1865
Grand - 1881
Guadalupe - see Conejos
Gunnison - 1877
Hinsdale - 1876
Huerfano - 1875
Jackson - 1909
Jefferson - 1874
Kiowa - 1889
Kit Carson - 1889
La Plata - 1880 (earlier records in parent county, San Juan)
Lake - 1869
Larimer - 1862
Las Animas - 1868
Lincoln - 1887
Logan - 1887
Mesa - 1883
Mineral - 1891
Moffat - 1911
Montezuma - 1889
Montrose - 1883
Morgan - 1889
Otero - 1889
Ouray - 1881
Park - 1876
Phillips - 1889
Pitkin - 1881
Prowers - 1889
Pueblo - 1860
Rio Blanco - 1883
Rio Grande - 1874
Routt - 1877
Saguache - 1869
San Juan - 1871
San Miguel - 1883
Sedgwick - 1889
Summit - 1862
Teller - 1889
Washington - 1887
Weld - 1864
Yuma - 1889


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How to Obtain a Colorado Marriage Certificate:

Official recording of marriage records in Colorado was not required until 1881. There are records of marriages much earlier than 1881, but this varies by county. Some of the early marriages in Colorado were written down by the officiate on whatever was handy. One county has some original early marriages recorded on 3" x 3" pieces of paper.

After 1881 a couple wanting to marry purchased a marriage license from the county clerk. The basic info found on an early Colorado marriage record include:

  • the bride and groom's full name
  • the bride and groom's age and birthdates
  • county of application and marriage
  • residence and parents names
  • previous marriages
  • divorce status
  • names of witnesses
  • the officiate, such as a minister or justice of the peace

Marriage records may be ordered from the State Vital Records Section of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or from individual county clerks in Colorado. The Vital Records Section has records available for the following years: 1900 to 1939, and 1975 to present. The 1900 to 1939 records are indexed by groom name only-the 1975 to present records are indexed and searchable by both bride name and groom name. For official copies of Colorado marriage certificates, contact the county clerk where the license was issued. Early Colorado marriage records are public records. There are no restrictions on who can view and order early Colorado Marriage Records. By law, these records are public records and are not confidential as in some other states.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Vital Records Section
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
HSVRD-VR-A1
Denver, CO 80246-1530

Verifications for the years 1940 to 1974 must be obtained from the county where the license was obtained. For information and fees from the state vital records office call (303) 692-2200.

Colorado County Clerk Addresses:

Adams County:
Formed 1901 from Arapahoe, County Seat-Brighton

Adams County Clerk
450 S. 4th Avenue
Brighton, CO 80601
(303) 654-6020


Alamosa County:
Formed 1913 from Conejos & Costilla, County Seat-Alamosa

Alamosa County Clerk
4th & Edison
P.O. Box 630
Alamosa, CO 81101
(719) 589-6681


Arapahoe County:
Formed 1861 Original County, County Seat-Littleton

Arapahoe County Clerk/Recorder
Administration Building
5334 S. Prince Street
Littleton, CO 80166
(303) 795-4200


Archuleta County:
Formed 1885 from Conejos, County Seat-Pagosa Springs

Archuleta County Clerk
449 San Juan St.
P.O. Box 1507
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
(303) 264-5633


Baca County:
Formed 1889 from Las Animas, County Seat-Springfield

Baca County Clerk
P.O. Box 116
Springfield, CO 81073-0116
(719) 523-4555


Bent County:
Formed 1874 from Greenwood, County Seat-Las Animas

Bent County Clerk
P.O. Box 350
725 Bent
Las Animas, CO 81054
(719) 456-2009


Boulder County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Boulder

Boulder County Clerk
2020 13th Street, 2nd Floor
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 413-7770


Broomfield County:
Formed 2001 from Adams, Boulder, Jefferson & Weld, County Seat-Broomfield

Broomfield County Clerk
1 DesCombes Drive
Broomfield CO 80020
(303) 464-5899


Chaffee County:
Formed 1879 from Lake, County Seat-Salida

Chaffee County Recorder
P.O. Box 699
Salida CO 81201
(719) 539-4004


Cheyenne County:
Formed 1889 from Bent & Elbert, County Seat-Cheyenne Wells

Cheyenne County Clerk
Cheyenne Wells CO 80810
(719) 767-5865


Clear Creek County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Georgetown

Clear Creek County Clerk
405 Argentine St.
P.O. Box 2000
Georgetown CO 80444
(303) 569-3251


Conejos County:
Formerly Guadalupe County
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Conejos

Conejos County Clerk
P.O. Box 127
Conejos CO 81129
(719) 376-5422


Costilla County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-San Luis

Costilla County Clerk
P.O. Box 308
San Luis CO 81152
(719 672-3301


Crowley County:
Formed 1911 from Bent & Otero, County Seat-Ordway

Crowley County Local Registrar
6th and Main
P.O. Box 186
Ordway, CO 81063
(719) 267-3546


Custer County:
Formed 1877 from Fremont, County Seat-Westcliffe

Custer County Clerk
205 South Sixth Street
Westcliffe, CO 81252
(719) 783-9067


Delta County:
Formed 1883 from Gunnison, County Seat-Delta

Delta County Clerk/Recorder
5th & Palmer
Delta CO 81416
(303) 874-9792


Denver County:
Formed 1901 from Arapahoe, County Seat-Denver

Denver County Clerk
1437 Bannock, Room 200
Denver CO 80202
(720) 865-8400


Dolores County:
Formed 1881 from Ouray, County Seat-Dove Creek

Dolores County Clerk
P.O. Box 614
Dove Creek, CO 81324-0614
(970) 677-2258


Douglas County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat- Castle Rock

Douglas County Clerk
301 Wilcox
P.O. Box 1147
Castlerock, CO 80104
(303) 660-7446


Eagle County:
Formed 1883 from Summit, County Seat-Eagle

Eagle County Clerk
550 Broadway
P.O. Box 537
Eagle, CO 81631
(303) 328-8710


El Paso County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Colorado Springs

El Paso County Clerk/Recorder
200 S. Cascade
Colorado Spring, CO 80901
(719) 520-6200


Elbert County:
Formed 1874 from Douglas & Greenwood, County Seat-Kiowa

Elbert County Clerk
215 Comanche St.
P.O. Box 37
Kiowa, CO 80117
(303) 621-2341


Fremont County:
Formed 1859 - Original County, County Seat-Canon City

Fremont County Clerk
615 Macon, Room 100
Canon City, CO 81212
(719) 275-1522


Garfield County:
Formed 1883 from Summit, County Seat-Glenwood Springs

Garfield County Clerk/Recorder
109 8th Street Suite 200
Glenwood Spring, CO 81601
(303) 945-9158


Gilpin County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Central City

Gilpin County Clerk
Clerk & Recorders Office
203 Eureka, P.O. Box 429
Central City, CO 80427
(303) 582-5321


Grand County:
Formed 1874 from Summit, County Seat-Hot Sulphur Springs

Grand County Clerk
308 Byers
Hot Sulpher Spring, CO 80451
(303) 725-3347


Guadalupe County: - see Conejos County.


Gunnison County:
Formed 1877 from Lake, County Seat-Gunnison

Gunnison County Clerk/Recorder
200 East Virginia
Gunnison, CO 81230
(303) 641-1516


Hinsdale County:
Formed 1874 from Conejos, County Seat- Lake City

Hinsdale County Clerk
P.O. Box 403
Lake City, CO 81235
(970) 944-2227


Huerfano County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Walsenburg

Huerfano County Clerks
400 Main Street
Wallsenburg, CO 81089
(719) 738-2380


Jackson County:
Formed 1909 from Grand & Larimer, County Seat-Walden

Jackson County Recorder
P.O. Box 337
396 La Fever
Walden, CO 80480
(303) 723-4334


Jefferson County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Golden

Jefferson County Clerk
1700 Arapahoe
Golden, CO 80419
(303) 271-8121


Kiowa County:
Formed 1889 from Bent & Cheyenne, County Seat-Eads

Kiowa County Clerk
P.O. Box 37
Eads, CO 81036-0037
(719) 438-5531


Kit Carson County:
Formed 1889 from Elbert, County Seat-Burlington

Kit Carson County Clerk/Recorder
P.O. Box 249
Burlington, CO 80807
(719) 346-8638


La Plata County:
Formed 1874 from Conejos & Lake, County Seat-Durango

La Plata County Clerk
1060 E. 2nd Sve., 81301
P.O. Box 519
Durango, CO 81302
(303) 259-4000


Lake County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Leadville

Lake County Clerk
505 Harrison Ave.
P.O. Box 917
Leadville, CO 80461
(719) 486-1410


Larimer County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Fort Collins

Larimer County Clerk
P.O. Box 1280, 80522
200 W. Oak, Main Flr.
Ft. Collins, CO 80521
(303) 498-7860


Las Animas County:
Formed 1866 from Huerfano, County Seat-Trinidad

Las Animas County Clerk/Recorder
P.O. Box 115
First & Maple
Trinidad, CO 81082
(719) 846-3314


Logan County:
Formed 1887 from Weld, County Seat-Sterling

Logan County Recorders
315 Main St.
Sterling, CO 80751
(303) 522-1544


Mesa County:
Formed 1883 from Gunnison, County Seat-Grand Junction

Mesa County Clerk/Recorder
544 Rood Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 244-1671


Mineral County:
Formed 1892 from Hinsdale, County Seat-Creede

Mineral County Clerk
P.O. Box 70
Creede, CO 81130-0070
(719) 658-2575


Moffat County:
Formed 1911 from Routt, County Seat-Craig

Moffat County Clerk & Recorder
221 West Victory Way
Craig, CO 81625
(303) 824-5484


Montezuma County:
Formed 1889 from La Plata, County Seat-Cortez

Montezuma County Clerk
109 West Main Street
Cortez, CO 81321
(303) 565-3728


Montrose County:
Formed 1883 from Gunnison, County Seat-Montrose

Montrose County Clerk
320 So. 1st Street
Montrose, CO 81401
(303) 249-3362


Morgan County:
Formed 1889 from Weld, County Seat-Fort Morgan

Morgan County Clerk
231 Ensign St.
P.O. Box 1399
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
(303) 867-8202


Otero County:
Formed 1889 from Bent, County Seat-La Junta

Otero County Clerk
P.O. Box 511
3rd And Colorado
La Junta, CO 81050
(719) 383-3020


Ouray County:
Formed 1877 from Hinsdale & San Juan, County Seat-Ouray

Ouray County Clerk/Recorder
541 4th Street
Ouray, CO 81427
(303) 325-4961


Park County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Fairplay

Park County Clerk
Clerk & Recorder
501 Main St., Annex Bldg.
Fairplay, CO 80440
(719) 836-2771


Phillips County:
Formed 1889 from Logan, County Seat-Holyoke

Phillips County Clerk
221 S. Interocean
Holyoke, CO 80734
(303) 854-3131


Pitkin County:
Formed 1881 from Gunnison, County Seat-Aspen

Pitkin County Clerk
506 East Main
Aspen, CO 81611
(303) 920-5180


Platte County:  see Weld County


Prowers County:
Formed 1889 from Bent, County Seat-Lamar

Prowers County Clerk/Recorders
P. O. Box 889
300 South Main
Lamar, CO 81052
(719) 336-4337


Pueblo County:
Formed 1861, County Seat-Pueblo

Pueblo County Clerk
215 West 10th Street
Pueblo, CO 81003
(719) 583-6625


Rio Blanco County:
Formed 1889 from Summit, County Seat-Meeker

Rio Blanco County Clerk/Recorder
500 Main Street
Meeker, CO 81641
(303) 878-5068


Rio Grande County:
Formed 1874 from Conejos & Costilla, County Seat-Del Norte

Rio Grande County Clerk
County Clerk P.O. Box 160
6th Cherry
Del Norte, CO 81132
(719) 657-3334


Routt County:
Formed 1877 from Grand, County Seat-Steamboat Springs

Routt County Clerk
522 Lincoln Ave.
P.O. Box 773598
Steamboat Sprin, CO 80479
(303) 879-1710


Saguache County:
Formed 1866 from Rio Grande, County Seat-Saguache

Saguache County Clerk
P.O. Box 356
Saguache, CO 81149-0356
(719) 655-2616


San Juan County:
Formed 1876 from La Plata, County Seat-Silverton

San Juan County Clerk
1500 Greene St.
P.O. Box 466
Silverton, CO 81433
(303) 387-5671


San Miguel County:
Formed 1883 from San Juan, County Seat-Telluride

San Miguel County Clerk
305 West Colorado Ave.
Telluride, CO 81435
(303) 728-3844


Sedgwick County:
Formed 1889 from Logan, County Seat-Julesburg

Sedgwick County Clerk/Recorder
315 Cedar St.
Julesburg, CO 80737
(970) 474-2485


Summit County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Breckenridge

Summit County Clerk
208 E. Lincoln
P.O. Box 1538
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-3470


Teller County:
Formed 1899 from El Paso, County Seat-Cripple Creek

Teller County Clerk Recorder
101 West Bennett
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
(719) 633-5853


Washington County:
Formed 1887 from Arapahoe & Weld, County Seat-Akron

Washington County Clerk
P.O. Box "L"
150 Ash
Akron, CO 80720
(303) 345-6565


Weld County:
Formed 1861 - Original County, County Seat-Greeley

Weld County Clerk
915 10th St., 2nd Flr., Rm 202
P.O. Box 459
Greeley, CO 80632
(970) 353-3840


Yuma County:
Formed 1889 from Arapahoe & Washington, County Seat-Wray

Yuma County Clerk
3rd & Nash
Wray, CO 80758
(303) 332-5809