Planning to tie the knot in the picturesque city of Colorado Springs, CO? Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! The most essential step on your elopement planning journey is obtaining a marriage license. This document makes your union legal and official. The process in Colorado Springs is straightforward, but there are a few key steps and requirements you'll need to be aware of. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the process smoothly.

Firstly, both of you must apply in person at the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder's Office. If one of you cannot be present, they can complete an Absentee Affidavit, but this requires notarization and additional documentation. When you go, make sure to bring a valid form of identification, such as a driver's license or passport, to prove your identity and age—you must be at least 18 years old to apply without parental consent. The marriage license fee in Colorado Springs is $30, but it's always a good idea to check the most current fee before you go.

Colorado law does not require a blood test or a waiting period, making it easier for couples to obtain their marriage license. Once issued, the license is valid for 35 days, and it can be used immediately anywhere within the state of Colorado. Remember, after the ceremony, the signed license must be returned to the Clerk & Recorder's Office to be recorded, which can then be used to obtain certified copies for legal name change processes or other formalities.

Finally, while the legal aspect of getting married might seem daunting, obtaining your marriage license in Colorado Springs is a relatively simple process. Just make sure you have all the required documents and fees ready, and consider the timing to ensure everything aligns with your wedding plans. After that, focus on enjoying this special time and the beautiful journey that lies ahead in the stunning setting of Colorado Springs.

Here is a link to the El Paso County Clerk’s website where you can complete an online application and obtain the most up to date information.

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