Marriage License or Divorce Decree
Sometimes a certified copy of a marriage license can be used to help prove your identity. For example, a certified copy of a marriage certificate is one of the secondary forms of ID that the Vital Records Office will accept when applying for a birth certificate in Colorado.
Married in Colorado
You can ask for a certified copy of a marriage license at the Office of the Clerk and Recorder in the county where you were married. The cost of a certified copy is $1.25. This is the least expensive way to get a copy. If you can’t go to the Clerk & Recorder’s Office in person, call and ask how to get a copy through the mail. For a list of many area Clerk & Recorder offices in Colorado, click below.
Married in Another State
Search online for the name of the county where you were married, the state, and vital records. For example, if you were married in Macon County, Illinois, google Macon County Illinois Vital Records. The first website that pops up is the official government website of Macon County. Look for information on how to order a marriage license or the number for the vital records office. Call the office and explain you need to order a certified copy of your marriage certificate.
A divorce decree can be used to help prove your identity. For example, the Office of Vital Statistics will accept a copy of a divorce decree as a secondary form of ID when applying for a birth certificate.
Divorced in Colorado
You order a certified copy of your divorce decree from the district court system where your divorce was granted. You will need to ask for the Records Department of the district court. For example, if you received your divorce decree in Denver, or the 2nd Judicial District, you would need a Denver District Court document from the Records Department. You have to go to this office in person at 1437 Bannock Street, Room 38, in Denver.
It’s probably best to visit the records office in the district system in person, because you may be asked to provide a form of picture ID in order to get a copy of your decree. If you don’t have any ID yet, that’s a problem. If you’re there in person, you can explain how you are ordering a copy of the divorce decree in order to obtain the identification documents you need, such as a birth certificate. They may be willing to get you a copy at that point. Also, sometimes it’s very hard to reach anyone by phone.
The cost of a certified copy is usually $20, plus an additional 75 cents per page.
For a list of every Colorado District Court, click below.
Divorced in Another State
Search online for the name of the county, state, and court system where the divorce was granted. Look for the official website for the county court system and call for advice about ordering a copy of your divorce decree through the mail.