How to Get a Civil Union in Aspen / Pitkin County...
1.) Go to our online civil union application, fill out all information and then click submit. This information will stay in our database until you come in to finish the application process.
2.) Next, both you and your partner must stop by our office (click for map), in person, to finish the application process and to obtain the civil union license. This process takes approximately 20-30 minutes and you DO NOT need to schedule an appointment to come in.
Our office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed during major holidays). We ask that you try to arrive in our office no later than 4:00 p.m., so we will have enough time to process your application. Also, you will need $30 (cost of the license) and both parties will need a valid form of identification (driver’s license, passport).
The license is valid for 35 days from date of issue and can be used anywhere in the State of Colorado.
3.) The next step is dependent upon the type of ceremony you will be having…
Self Solemnize – you can actually enter into a Civil Union yourselves in Colorado. On the officiant line of the civil union certificate, we require both you and your partner's signature and the phrase "Party One and Party Two" as the officiant’s title. You can do this while you are in our office and make your civil union official at that time or, you can have a private ceremony and return the signed licensed to us within 63 days from your actual date of civil union.
Civil Ceremony – is typically done by a judge and you must schedule a time to meet with one of them. Contact information for judges in our area…
Bob Grueter 970-379-9282
Brooke Peterson 970-925-2619
Pip Porter 970-948-2186 -OR- 970-925-6840
Religious Ceremony – See yellow book listing of churches / clergy in our area.
4.) After the ceremony, when all signatures and required information have been filled out, you will need to return the license to our office so we can officially record it. You can bring the license directly back to our office yourselves, mail it in or have a family member or friend return it to us – it’s dependent upon whatever option is most convenient for you. After we scan and record it (a 2 minute process) we will either immediately return the license back to you or mail it to the mailing address you provided during the application process.
Please Note: If you are having a civil or religious ceremony, please check with your officiant or judge on the procedures they prefer to use when returning the license to our office as some choose to personally return the license themselves.