STEP 1) Both you and your partner must stop by our office (click for map), in person to complete the application and obtain the civil union license. This process takes approximately 20-30 minutes and you do NOT need to schedule an appointment to come in.
Our office is open Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm (closed during major holidays). We ask that you arrive in our office no later than 4:00pm, so we will have enough time to process your application. Also, you will need $30 (cost of the license) and both parties will need a valid form of identification (driver's license, passport).
STEP 2) This step is dependent upon the type of ceremony you will be having...
1 - Self Certify - you can actually enter a civil union yourselves in Colorado. On the officiant line of the civil union certificate, we require both you and your partner's signatures and the phrase "Party One and Party Two" as the officiants title. You can do this while you are in our office and make your civil union official at that time, or you can have a private ceremony and return the signed license to us within 63 days from the actual date of your civil union.
2 - Civil Ceremony - this type of ceremony typically is done by a judge and you must schedule a time to meet with one of them. Contact information for judges in our area...
Bob Grueter 970-379-9282
Brooke Peterson 970-925-2619
Pip Porter 970-948-2186 -OR- 970-925-6840
3 - Religious Ceremony - See yellow book listing of churches / clergy in our area.
STEP 3) After the ceremony, when all signatures and required information has been filled out on the certificate, return the license to our office so we can officially record it (2 minute process), we will either immediately return the license back to you or mail it to the mailing address you provided during the application process.
Please Note: If you are having a civil or religious ceremony, please check with your officiant or judge on the procedures they prefer to use when returning the license to our office as some choose to personally return the license themselves.