Civil Union Licenses

Civil Union

A "Civil Union" means a relationship established by two eligible persons pursuant to Article 15 (CRS 14-15-101) that entitles them to receive the benefits and protections and be subject to the responsibilities of spouses.

Obtaining a Civil Union License

A Civil Union License may be obtained during normal working hours. The certificate is valid upon receipt and must be used within 35 days in the State of Colorado. The fee is $30 and only cash is accepted. Licenses are not issued after 5:00 pm.


Both parties must complete and sign the Civil Union License application form (PDF). At least one of the parties must apply in person. If one party cannot appear in person, they must complete an Absentee Affidavit form (PDF) received from our office with the signature notarized. Photo IDs are required for both parties.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age and not under guardianship or have guardian permission.
  • Neither party can be party to another union or married to another person.
  • Applicants cannot be related by whole or half blood (first cousins are acceptable).
  • Applicants can be Male/Female Couples or Same Sex Couples.

The person certifying the Civil Union must return the License to the county of issuance within 63 days of ceremony.