If you're getting married in the state of New Mexico you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…
Cost of Your License
How much does a marriage license cost?
The marriage license fee is $25.00 dollars. Accepted forms of payment are cash.
Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?
There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of New Mexico to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.
After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?
There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.
Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?
No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.
How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?
Your marriage license will never expire once it's been issued.
What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?
This scenario wouldn't apply to you because, as stated above, your license will not expire once it's been issued to you.
How old must I be to get married?
You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.
What if one or both of us is younger than 18?
If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.
Are blood tests and physical exams required?
No blood test or physical exam is required.
Divorced or Widowed Applicants
What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?
If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be provided.
Marriage Name Change
How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?
When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).
There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for New Mexico or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.
What is a proxy marriage?
A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."
Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?
No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in New Mexico. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.
Common Law Marriage
What is a common law marriage?
The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual New Mexico marriage license.
Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?
No, common-law marriages are not allowed in New Mexico. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.
Can I get married to my cousin?
Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place.
Same Sex Marriage
Are same sex marriages legal?
Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in New Mexico.
Where to Go
Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?
New Mexico has 30 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Reserve, NM 87830
Roswell, NM 88202
Grant, NM 87020
Raton, NM 87740
Clovis, NM 88101
Fort Sumner, NM 88119
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Silver City, NM 88062
Santa Rosa, NM 88435
Lordsburg, NM 88045
Lovington, NM 88260
Carrizozo, NM 88301
New Mexico, NM 87544
Deming, NM 88031
Gallup, NM 87305
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Tucumcari, NM 88401
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
Portales, NM 88130
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Truth Or Consequences, NM 87901
Socorro, NM 87801
Taos, NM 87571
Estancia, NM 87016
Clayton, NM 88415
Los Lunas, NM 87031