In 2008, the City and County of Denver Clerk and Recorders Office transferred one hundred years of marriage applications, thirteen years of marriage licenses and certificates, and seventy-one years of voter registration records to the Denver Public Library (DPL). The record descriptions, collection numbers and restrictions are as follows:

  • Marriage License Applications 1903-1933, WH2052, no restrictions.
    The applications were filled out by the bride and groom before the ceremony. They are not proof that the marriage took place.
  • Marriage License Applications 1934-2003, WH2053, restricted for privacy issues.
    The applications description is the same as WH2052. Those that can order the records are bride, groom, mother, father, current legal spouse, adult children and siblings, grandparents, legal guardians, attorney. Proper identification and proof of relationship must be provided. Social Security numbers will be redacted.
  • Marriage Licenses and Certificates 1952-1965, WH2049, restricted for privacy issues.
    The licenses and certificates provide information about the marriage event. The restrictions are the same as for WH2053.
  • Voter Registration Records 1920-1991, WH2042, restricted for privacy issues.
    Voter registrations usually have name, address, date and place of birth, and other useful information. Access to the records is restricted to the voter named, and the same as for WH2053.
  • Copies of the records can be ordered by email, phone, mail, or in person from DPL, Western History/Genealogy Department, 5th floor.
    The cost is $2 per page for copies, $3 per page for certified copies. No search fee will be charged if the correct year is provided. They will search the year before and after at no charge. If the year is not provided, a $3 fee will be charged for the first year and $1 for each additional year.

    A request form must be filled out and the fees must be paid in advance. Requests are processed within three business days and the copies can be mailed or picked up in person.

    I made a request in person for four marriage applications last Saturday afternoon. I received the copies in the mail on Wednesday. Having the records at DPL certainly makes them more accessible to researchers.

    For more information contact DPL at (720) 865-1821.