Getting A Marriage License in New Mexico


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New Mexico Marriage License Requirements

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Below is the information on what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before filling out the marriage license forms.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document that allows you to officially be married under the law. Always check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

Licenses are usually not valid for more than 30 days so you'll typically need to apply for your marriage license within one month of your wedding ceremony. You need to submit your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

IMPORTANT: You are not officially married when you receive a marriage license. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your officiant your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of New Mexico.

Waiting Period: 3 days.

If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

Fees: Cash Only! $25

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.

Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in New Mexico.
The license can only be used within the State of New Mexico.


IMPORTANT: State and county marriage license requirements can change so make sure you check with your local town clerk. This information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any plans.

Bernalillo County Clerk Civic Plaza P.O. Box 542 Albuquerque, NM 87103 505-768-4090
Catron County Clerk P.O. Box 197 Reserve, NM 87830 505-533-6400
Chaves County Clerk P.O. Box 580 Roswell, NM 88202 505-624-6614
Cibola County Recorder P.O. Box 190 Grant, NM 87020 505-287-9431
Colfax County Clerk P.O. Box 159 Raton, NM 87740 505-445-5551
Curry County Clerk 700 Main St Clovis, NM 88101 505-763-5591
De Baca County Clerk P.O. Box 347 Fort Sumner, NM 88119 505-355-2601
Dona Ana County Clerks 251 West Amador Ave, #103 Las Cruces, NM 88005 505-647-7421
Eddy County Clerk 202 West Mermad Carlsbad, NM 88220 505-885-3383
Grant County Clerk P.O. Box 898 Silver City, NM 88062 505-538-2979
Guadalupe County Clerk 420 Parker Santa Rosa, NM 88435 505-472-3791
Hidalgo County Clerk 300 South Shakespear Lordsburg, NM 88045 505-542-9213
Lea County Clerk P.O. Box 1507 Lovington, NM 88260 505-396-8531
Lincoln County Clerk P.O. Box 338 Carrizozo, NM 88301 505-648-2394
Los Alamas County Clerk P.O. Box 30 New Mexico, NM 87544 505-662-8010
Luna County Clerk P.O. Box 1838 Deming, NM 88031 505-546-0491
Mckinley County Clerk P.O. Box 268 Gallup, NM 87305 505-863-6866
Otero County Recorder County Courthouse Alamogordo, NM 88310 505-437-4942
Quay County Clerks P.O. Box 1225 Tucumcari, NM 88401 505-461-0510
Rio Arriba County Clerk P.O. Box 158 Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575 505-588-7724
Roosevelt County Clerk 101 W 1st St Portales, NM 88130 505-356-8562
San Miguel County Clerks 500 W National St Las Vegas, NM 87701 505-425-9331
Sandoval County Clerk 711 Camino Del Pueblo Bernalillo, NM 87004 505-867-7572
Santa Fe County Clerk P.O. Box 1985 Santa Fe, NM 87504 505-986-6280
Sierra County Clerk 311 Date St Truth Or Consequences, NM 87901 505-894-2840
Socorro CountyClerks Office P.O. Box I Socorro, NM 87801 505-835-0423
Taos County Clerk P.O. Box 676 Taos, NM 87571 505-751-8654
Torrance County Clerk P.O. Box 48 Estancia, NM 87016 505-384-2221
Union County Clerk P.O. Box 430 Clayton, NM 88415 505-374-9491
Valencia County Clerk P.O. Box 969 Los Lunas, NM 87031 505-865-9681