Effective May 1, 2013
A Civil Union means a relationship established by two eligible persons pursuant to C.R.S. 14-15-101, that entitles them to receive the benefits and protections and be subject to the responsibilities of spouses.
Applicants must be 18 years of age and not under guardianship or have guardian permission. Both parties must present an acceptable form of identification, such as driver’s license, birth certificate or passport.
At least one party must appear in person in the Office of the County Clerk and Recorder. There is a provision for one party to use an absentee affidavit if that person cannot appear in person.
Neither party can be a party to another civil union, be married to another person, or be in a beneficiary agreement with another person. Proof of divorce or dissolution of other civil unions, marriages, or beneficiary agreements must be presented before a civil union license can be issued.
Parties cannot be related by whole or half blood (first cousins are acceptable).
Civil unions must be certified within 35 days of issuance, and returned to the County Clerk and Recorder’s office for recording within 63 days. Civil unions may be certified by an ordained minister, Indian Nation or tribal official, judge or retired judge (includes magistrates), or the couples may certify their own unions.
The cost of a civil union license/certificate is $30 payable by cash, check, and credit or debit card.
Civil union licenses/certificates are issued during normal business hours, which are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, excluding holidays.