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Marriage FAQ's

    Marriage License FAQ’s

    Marriage licenses are available from the La Plata County Clerk and Recorder’s office located in Bodo at 98 Everett Street Ste C Durango, Monday through Friday 8:00am- 4:00pm.

    How do I obtain a marriage license?

    To receive a license you both need to come into the Clerk’s office and fill out an application. You will need to provide United States government issue identification, such as a valid driver’s license or Passport and you will need to know your social security numbers. It is also helpful to know what state both sets of parents currently reside and both mothers’ maiden names.

     

    Is there a waiting period?

    No. There is no mandatory waiting period between obtaining the license and getting married. The marriage license will be issued to you the same day you fill out the application. It is a first come, first serve basis.

     

    If my fiancé is unable to make it into the office, can I still obtain a license?

    Yes. Please contact the Clerk’s office (970) 382-6281 or 382-6283 and ask for an Absentee Affidavit Application for a Marriage License or click the link below. The affidavit must be completed by the individual who cannot come into the office. This form must be notarized and must be accompanied by a copy of the absent individuals identification and social security card. The present party will submit this information when applying for a marriage license.

     

    Absentee Affidavit

     

    Does Colorado allow for proxy marriages?

    Yes. Pursuant to C.R.S. 14-2-109, Colorado allows for proxy marriages. One party must appear with a completed, notarized absentee affidavit and a by proxy affidavit (provided by the Clerk's office) as well as a copy of approved identification for the absent party. The following requirements must also be met:

    • The absent party must be a member of the armed forces of the United States who is stationed in another country or in another state in support of combat or another military operation; or
    • The absent party must be a government contractor, or an employee of a government contractor, working in support of the armed forces of the United States in another country or in another state or in support of United States military operations in another country or in another state.
    • One party is a resident of Colorado.
    • One party appears in person to apply for the marriage license and pays the required fees.
    • The signatures of both parties to the proxy marriage are required, and the party present shall sign the marriage license application and provide an absentee affidavit form containing the notarized signature of the absent party, along with proper identification documents required for a marriage license for the absent party.
    • Both parties are 18 years of age or older.

     

     By Proxy Affidavit

     

    If my fiancé or I do not have a social security number, can we still obtain a license?

    Yes. You must complete an Affidavit of no Social Security Number. This document must be notarized and must accompany the individual when applying for a marriage license. You can pick up this form at the Clerk’s office or click the link below. You must be able to provide valid United States government issued identification, such as a driver’s license along with this Affidavit.

    Note: If you are a non citizen with a Passport you do NOT need this affidavit to apply for a marriage license. Your Passport is the only identification needed.

     

    No Social Security Number Affidavit

     

    If I am under age 18, can I still get a marriage license?

    If you are under 18, you will need to provide a parental consent form. You can pick up this form at the Clerk’s office or click on the link below.

    If you are under 16, you will need to obtain a court order to be eligible for a marriage license. (970) 247-2304

     

    Marriage Consent form

     

    How much is a marriage license?

    A marriage license is $30.00 cash or check.

     

    Can I request a certified copy of my marriage license?

    Yes. Once your marriage license is recorded, you may request a certified copy. The cost of a certified copy is $1.25 per copy.  If you are requesting a certified copy by mail the cost is $3.25 per certified copy. Please fill out the request form below and submit with payment.

     

    Certified marriage license request

     

    Is a blood test required to get married in Colorado?

    No. Blood tests are not required in the state of Colorado.

     

    When is the earliest I can come in to obtain a license?

    You must use the license within 35 days after it is issued. So if you are getting married June 5th than you want to come in no earlier than May 1st.

     

    Can I get a marriage license in Colorado and get married in another state?

    No. You must obtain a license in the state you plan to marry. Marriage licenses issued through this office can only be used in the state of Colorado.

     

    If I have been previously married, what information is required?

    You will need to know the state you were divorced in as wells as the date (DD/MM/YYYY) your divorce was finalized. You do not need to provide your divorce papers.

     

    How do we actually “get married”?

    There are three ways to marry in this state:

    Judge or a Magistrate (970) 247-2304. You will need to make your own arrangements.

    A person of the cloth such as a Deacon, Minister, Priest, etc. You will need to make your own arrangements.

    Self marriage. You can perform the ceremony yourselves by signing the marriage license as the officiant as well as parties to the marriage

Civil Union FAQ's

    Civil Union FAQ’s 

    Civil Union licenses are available from the La Plata County Clerk and Recorder’s office located in Bodo at 98 Everett Street Ste C Durango, Monday through Friday 8:00am- 4:00pm.

    How do I obtain a civil union license?

    To receive a license you both need to come into the Clerk’s office and fill out an application. You will need to provide United States government issued identification, such as a valid driver’s license or Passport and you will need to know your social security numbers. You will also need to know what state both sets of parents currently reside and both mothers’ maiden names.


    Is there a waiting period?

    No. There is no mandatory waiting period between obtaining the license and getting certified. The civil union license will be issued to you the same day you fill out the application. It is a first come, first serve basis.


    If my partner is unable to make it into the office, can I still obtain a license?

    Yes. Please contact the Clerk’s office (970) 382-6281 or 382-6283 and ask for an Absentee Affidavit Application for a Civil Union License or click the link below. The affidavit must be completed by the individual who cannot come into the office. This form must be notarized and must be accompanied by a copy of the absent individuals identification and social security card. The present party will submit this information when applying for a civil union license.

    Absentee Affidavit


    If my partner or I do not have a social security number, can we still obtain a license?

    Yes. You must complete an Affidavit of no Social Security Number. This document must be notarized and must accompany the individual when applying for a civil union license. You can pick up this form at the Clerk’s office or click the link below. You must be able to provide valid United States government issued identification, such as a driver’s license along with this Affidavit.

    Note: If you are a non citizen with a Passport you do NOT need this affidavit to apply for a civil union license. Your Passport is the only identification needed.

    No Social Security Number Affidavit


    If I am under age 18, can I still get a civil union license?

    No pursuant to C.R.S. 14-15-106.


    If I am under guardianship, can I still get a civil union license?

    Yes. However, pursuant to C.R.S. 14-15-106, you must first provide a parental/guardian consent form. You can pick this form up at the Clerk’s office or click on the link below.

    Civil Union Consent Form


    How much is a civil union?

    A civil union license is $30.00 cash or check.


    Can I request a certified copy of my civil union license?

    Yes. Once your civil union  license is recorded, you may request a certified copy. The cost of a certified copy is $1.25 per copy.  If you are requesting a certified copy by mail the cost is $3.25 per certified copy.

    Civil Union Copy Request

     

    Is a blood test required to get a civil union in Colorado?

    No. Blood tests are not required in the state of Colorado.


    When is the earliest I can come in to obtain a license?

    You must use the license within 35 days after it is issued. So if your ceremony is June 5th than you want to come in no earlier than May 1st.


    Can I get a civil union license in Colorado and get certified in another state?

    No. You must obtain a license in the state you plan to certify. Civil Union licenses issued through this office can only be used in the state of Colorado.


    If I have been previously married/certified , what information is required?

    You will need to know the state your divorce/dissolution took place in as wells as the date (DD/MM/YYYY) your divorce/dissolution was finalized. Also, you will need to know the name of your previous spouse/partner. You do not need to provide your divorce/dissolution papers.


    How do we actually “get certified”?

    There are three ways to get certified in this state:

    Judge or a Magistrate (970) 247-2304. You will need to make your own arrangements.

    A person of the cloth such as a Deacon, Minister, Priest, etc. You will need to make your own arrangements.

    Self certification- You can perform the ceremony yourselves by signing the civil union license as the officiant as well as the parties to the civil union.         

Vehicle Registration & Titling: Do you have any other information on vehicle registration and titling?

New Resident Vehicle Registration: I just moved to Colorado. How long do I have until I have to register my vehicles?

    • Residency Requirements
    • Licensing a Vehicle
    • Renewals can be done by walk-in, mail or on-line by clicking the following link On-line Vehicle Renewals. Your insurance must be current and you must be within your 30 day grace period to renew on-line. On-line renewals include a non-refundable Portal Administration Fee of 2.70% of the total transaction amount if paid by credit card, or $1.00 per transaction if paid by e-check.
    • License Plates
    • Insurance - We must see a current insurance card.  Insurance is always required when registering your vehicle on-line or in person.

Buying or Selling a vehicle - What are my responsibilities?

Lost title - How do I apply for a duplicate title?

    Duplicate title information

    Duplicate title application can be mailed to either Clerk and Recorder's Office location in La Plata County.

     

    Bayfield- Map

    1199 Bayfield Parkway
    P.O. Box 1746
    Bayfield, 81122
     

    970-884-9382
     

    Durango - Map
    98 Everett St., Ste A
    Durango, 81303

    970-382-7075 

Disabilities Parking Privileges: How may I obtain an application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Privileges?

When is Secure and Verifiable Identification required?

    Secure and Verifiable ID is required to obtain:
    • New Titles
    • Duplicate Titles (original title issued on or after 07/01/2006)
    • New Registrations
    • New Temporary Registration Permits
    • New Placards

    The following types of identification are Secure and Verifiable:
    • Any Colorado Driver License, Colorado Driver Permit or Colorado Identification Card,
    current or expired one year or less. (Valid temporary paper license with invalid Colorado
    Driver’s License, Colorado Driver’s Permit, or Colorado Identification Card, expired one
    year or less is acceptable.)
    • Out-of-state issued photo driver’s license or photo identification card, photo driver’s
    permit current or expired one year or less.
    • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card, current or expired less than 10 years.
    • Valid foreign passport with I-94 or valid processed for I551 stamps.  Valid I-94 issued by Canadian government with L1 or R1 status and a valid Canadian drivers license or valid Canadian identification card.
    • Valid I551 Resident Alien/Permanent Resident card. No border crosser or USA B1/B2
    Visa/BCC cards.
    • Valid I688 Temporary Resident, I688B, and I766 Employment Authorization Card with
    intact photo.
    • Valid US Military ID (active duty, dependent, retired, reserve and National Guard).
    • Tribal Identification Card with intact photo. (U.S. or Canadian)
    • Certificate of Naturalization with intact photo.
    • Certificate of (US) Citizenship with intact photo.
    If you have questions about Secure and Verifiable Identification, please contact the Title and
    Registration Sections at 303-205-5608.

    The identification must be provided by the owner of record or agent if a power of attorney is used.  When a vehicle is titled in the name of a company, the individual shall present a letter of authorization to act on behalf of the company.

    Please see form DR2841

VIN Inspection: Where do I get a VIN inspection?

    La Plata County Motor Vehicles has an inspector on-site (Durango office only): Those hours are Monday - Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm.

    Please call ahead to verify that the inspector is available, (970) 382-7075.

    Any Colorado licensed dealer can do VIN inspections.

    La Plata County Motor Vehicle Office, Durango
    98 Everett Street Suite A
    Durango, CO 81303 (map)

Notary Public - Does your office have a Notary Public?

    Yes, there is a notary at the Clerk & Recorder's Office at 98 Everet Street, Durango.  There is also a notary  at the La Plata County Administration Building, 1101 E 2nd Avenue, Durango.

    Please bring a valid state-issued photo ID and $2 for each notary.

How are my registration/renewal fees calculated?

    The notice you receive when it is time to renew your license lists information about your vehicle, the Taxable Value (TX VAL), the License Fee (LIC.FEE) and the Specific Ownership Tax (OWN.TX)

    Taxable Value: This is calculated using a percentage of the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and remains constant throughout the life of the vehicle.  The taxable value of passenger cars is 85% of the MSRP; the taxable value of a truck is 75% of the MSRP.

    For example, if the MSRP of your automobile is $20,000, the taxable value is $20,000 x 85% = $17,000.

    Specific Ownership Tax: Using the taxable value of the vehicle, the Specific Ownership Tax is calculated using the following table:

    1st year of service

    2.1% of taxable value

    2nd year of service

    1.5% of taxable value

    3rd year of service

    1.2% of taxable value

    4th year of service

    .9% of taxable value

    5th, 6th ,7th, 8th & 9th

    .45% of taxable value

    10 and all later years

    $3.00

    License fee: This fee is based on the weight of the vehicle (license fee may vary).

Online documents - Are your recorded documents online?

    Yes.


    La Plata county has records on-line visit http://records.laplata.co.us/ to view our recorded documents. Please note: you will be unable to print any documents unless you have an account with us. To obtain copies you must be on-site or send in a request along with payment. If you are interested in setting up an account please contact our office at 970-382-6281 or 970-382-6283.

Sales Tax - What is the sales tax rate in La Plata County?

     Our State Sales Tax rate is 2.9%.  The La Plata County Sales Tax on motor vehicle purchases is based on where you take possession.  If you purchase outside La Plata County the 2% County tax does not apply.  Purchases within La Plata County result in an additional 2% Tax.  If you reside in Durango City limits an additional 3% city sales tax is due.

Late fee  - Is there a late fee if I do not register my vehicle?

    Yes.

    • Purchase - Vehicles must be registered within 60 days from the date of purchase to avoid late fee.
    • Renewal - There is a one month grace period, after the month grace there is a late fee.
    • Late fees - $25 for each month or portion of a month that a vehicle is not registered after the one month grace period, not to exceed $100, will be charged.

Where can I register to vote in person?

    You may register to vote in person Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the following locations:

    • La Plata County Clerk & Recorder, Courthouse 98 Everett Street Suite C Durango, CO 81303
    • La Plata County Motor Vehicle, 98 Everett Street Suite A Durango, CO 81303
    • La Plata County Motor Vehicle, 1199 Bayfield Parkway Bayfield, CO 81122

Recorded documents - How do I get copies of recorded documents?

    Payment for copies must be received before we can release the recorded documents.  If you are out-of-town please write in your request indicating which reception number and/or book and page you would like a copy of.  Be sure to include payment (cash or check) and a return address so we know where to send your requested document.

    Contact information can be found on the County Clerks main page.

Business License - Where do I obtain a business license?

    For businesses located in the City of Durango call (970) 375-5010.
    For businesses located in the Town of Bayfield call (970) 884-9544.
    For businesses located in the Town of Ignacio call (970) 563-9494.

    In La Plata County, business owners are required to obtain the appropriate land use and building permits, as well as a valid Certificate of Occupancy prior to starting, expanding, or relocating a business. Please be aware that not all businesses are allowed in all planning and zoning areas. For further details, please contact the La Plata County Planning Department at (970) 382-6263

    Also see:

Block Party - Can I hold a?

    Any citizen or group who wishes to close, use, or block a county road right-of-way for an event must first obtain approval from the County Road & Bridge Office. If a liquor license is required for the event you must contact the Liquor Licensing Clerk at (970)-382-6219 . The event itself may require a Temporary Use permit from the Planning Department as well. If the event will not use or block a road, you may still need to obtain Special Event or Temporary Use Permits. If a Temporary Use Permit is required through the County Planning Department, please be aware that the process may take 2 - 3 months, so planning ahead is necessary. 

    Please contact the Planning Department at (970) 382-6263 for more information.

Divorce - How do I file for a divorce?

    For information about divorces or annulments, please contact the local courts: (970) 247-2304.

Can I register to vote online?

How do I obtain a certified document of registration for in-state tuition purposes or other purposes?

    The certificate can be obtained in person or by mail. You must provide identification if requesting in person.

    In person:  Go the the La Plata County Elections Department, 98 Everett Street Suite C Durango, CO 81303. The cost is $1.25 check, cash or money order.

    By mail:  Send $3.25 check, cash or money order to the La Plata County Elections Department, 98 Everett Street Suite C Durango, CO 81303. Include in your request your printed name, date of birth, residence address, mailing address (if different from your residence address) and signature.

    Payment is required prior to issuing the certificate.

Foreclosure Properties - Where do I get a list of foreclosure properties?

    Although foreclosure documents are recorded with us in this office we do not have a "list" of such properties.  The Public Trustee's office has a web site that you can view current foreclosure properties:  http://ptforeclosures.laplata.co.us/index.aspx.  For further information on foreclosures please call the Public Trustee Office (970) 382-6352.

Birth Certificates - Where do I get birth certificates?

    The Clerk and Recorders Office does not issue or keep records of births in La Plata you will need to contact San Juan Basin Health (970) 247-5702 ext. 108.

Map or plat - Where can I get a map or plat of my property?

    The La Plata County Clerk and Recorder’s office maintains indexing and scanned images of all documents recorded in the county. These may include, but are not limited to, plats, easements, deeds, right-of-way or easement vacations, annexations, and liens.

    For assistance with researching recorded documents, please call the Clerk’s Office at (970) 382-6281 or visit the office.

Property taxes - Where do I pay property taxes?

    Property taxes are maintained by the Treasures Office.  If you need payment information or have questions regarding the amount of your taxes you will need to contact the Treasurers Office (970) 382-6352.

Recorded document - How do I find a recorded document?

    This office will not conduct document researches - if you are looking for a document and do not have a reception number and/or book and page you will need to contact an independent researcher.

Illegal lots - If the deed was illegal, why did the Clerk's office record the documents?

    By state law, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office must record documents as presented, for public record. Recording does not establish the legality or validity of documents; that responsibility lies with the person preparing &/or recording the document. Once recorded and discovered, documents that appear to indicate illegal land actions are now sent to the Planning Department for review. If you are preparing documents that will change the boundaries of a property, please consult Planning prior to recording.

     

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What type of payment(s) does the Clerk and Recorders Office accept?

    The Clerks Office is only set-up to accept cash or checks.  Please make checks payable to the La Plata County Clerk.