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Marriage Licenses for People Under Age 18
These standard instructions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice about your case. If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules and procedures as an attorney.

  • How do I get a marriage license if I am under 18 years of age?
    • 1. Identify what you will need based on your age.
      • * If you are 16 or 17 years old you will need one of the following:

        1.  The permission of both of your parents or guardians, or if your parents are not living together, you will need the permission of the parent who has legal custody or decision-making responsibility, or the parent who you are living with.

        or

        2.  Court approval

         

        * If you are 15 years old or younger, you will need both of the following:

        1. The permission of both parents or guardians, or if the parents are not living together, you will need the permission of the parent who has legal custody or decision-making responsibility, or the parent who you are living with.

        and

        2.  Court approval

    • 2. Identify where you should file your paperwork.
      • * You should file your paperwork in the court in the county where you want to get married.

        * File your paperwork in district court unless you are filing your case in Denver County.

        * If you file your case in Denver County, you will go to the Denver Juvenile Court.

    • 3. Complete the paperwork.
      • * Download JDF 1412 Petition for Underage Marriage.

        * You will be known as the Petitioner and the person who you want to marry will be known as the Respondent.

        * If you are under 18 years of age, and the person who you want to marry is 18 years of age or older, only you will need to fill out JDF 1412 Petition for Underage Marriage.

        * If you and the person you want to marry are both under 18 years of age, you will both need to fill out your own separate Petition for Underage Marriage.

        * Both you and your parent(s), guardian(s), or legal custodian(s) must sign the Petition in front of a notary public or court clerk.  You do not need to do this at the same time (Eg: you can sign in front of a notary or court clerk, give the form to your parent/guardian and have him/her sign in front of a notary or court clerk at a later time).  You can find a local notary public by looking in the Yellow Pages, on the Internet, or by going to your local bank.

        * Do not fill out the Order portion of the form.  That will be done by the court.

         

         

         

    • 4. File your completed Petition with the court.
      • * Make a copy of your Petition for Underage Marriage, and take your original completed Petition to the clerk at the counter in the courthouse. Give the Petition to the clerk to file your case.

        * There is no filing fee.

    • 5. Take a copy of the court Order to the Clerk and Recorder.
      • * If the court approves you for a marriage license, the judge or magistrate will sign the "Order" portion of your Petition at the bottom of the form.

        * Go to the Clerk and Recorder's Office in the county where you want to get married and show them the signed Order portion of the Petition form so that they know they are allowed to give you a marriage license.

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