Marriage and Divorce Records of Colorado

Marriage and divorce records are some of the earliest legal documents created in Colorado. Created at the county level, there are several indexes (Research Tools below) for researches to easily locate and use these locational and linkage records.

Other Locations for City and County of Denver Marriage Records (not listed under Research Tools)

City and County of Denver Clerk and Recorder: Denver County Only

  • Marriage Certificates/Licenses - April 21, 1903 thru Current
  • Marriage Applications- January 2, 2004 thru Current
  • Access/Copies: Clerk's Office provides access to these records and also will make certified copies.
  • Visit the Clerk and Recorder's online database for marriage license indexes (1902-1986)

Ancestry Library Edition

  • Dataset entitled "Colorado, U.S., Select County Marriages, 1863-2018." (Denver and El Paso Counties only). Includes image of the marriage certificate.
  • Dataset entitled "Colorado, Divorce Index, 1851-1985. 

Colorado State Archives Marriage Records

  • Marriage records for most counties in the state of Colorado
  • Certificates 1861-1952
  • License Application Stub Books 1874-1902
  • Certificates in Filings of Clerk and Recorder 1860-1899
  • Marriages of Arapahoe County, Colorado, 1859-1901 (Index), Colorado Genealogical Society
  • Denver Marriage Certificates 1861-1868 – scanned and available online
Research Tools

Marriage License Applications: 1903-2003 (Request Form)

The Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office Denver County marriage license applications from 1903-2003 are housed at the Denver Public Library.  All of these records are restricted for privacy by Colorado state law (C.R.S. 24-72) and require a photo ID and proof of relationship to those named in the record for access.

Please fill out the Request Form for Records of the Clerk and Recorder of the City and County of Denver.


To find marriage dates & license numbers, check the resources below:

Colorado Marriages Index 1858-1939

Denver Marriages 1940-1974

Ancestry Library Edition (Search for Colorado marriages, 1863-2018)

MyHeritage (Search for Colorado marriages, 1975 - 2004)

Denver Marriages: 1940-1974

An index to Denver marriages cross listing the names of both bride and groom, the license number, and the licence numbers and dates covered in the volume.