How to Get Married in New Mexico

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So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, New Mexico!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, New Mexico!

How to Get Married in New Mexico

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: The marriage license requirements for New Mexico:

  • Applicants must be one female and one male.
  • Both applicants need to be present.
  • Both need to be at least 18 years of age.
  • Both need current legal pictured ID, or birth certificate.
  • Both need proof of Social Security number.
  • Parental consent if 16 or 17 years of age.
  • Court order if 15 years of age.
  • Marriage licenses are issued and valid immediately.
  • Marriage licenses do not expire.
  • Blood tests are not required.

The following is required at the time a couple applies for a marriage license:

  1. Completed Marriage Application Information Form. The form is available on the web or at the County Clerk’s Office.
  2. Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) in cash, payable at the time of application.
  3. Proof of age and identity required. Proof of age and identity is normally satisfied with a government-issued photo ID.

Both applicants must appear in person. If an applicant is unable to appear in person, authorization to issue the marriage license must be provided by a District Judge. Marriage licenses must be purchased at any time before the ceremony. The license is valid for a ceremony taking place anywhere within the State of New Mexico.

Under 18: In addition to the above, you must have:

  1. An original or certified copy of your birth certificate.
  2. The written consent of each living parent listed on the birth certificate.

Written consent may be provided in person at the Clerk’s Office or through a notarized statement. If a parent is deceased, a certified copy of the death certificate is required. If a parent is not deceased and is unable or unwilling to provide written consent, authorization to issue the marriage license must be provided by a District Judge.

Marriages of persons under 16 years of age are only permitted when there is a pregnancy and when a Children’s or Family Court Judge has authorized the marriage.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: The fee to apply for a marriage license in New Mexico is $25.00 in cash, payable at the time of application.

Officiants: A Justice of the Peace (a Magistrate Judge, Municipal Judge, or Probate Judge) may perform a ceremony (including, a District Judge upon request). Any person credentialed by a religious society can perform a marriage in the State of New Mexico.

Valid: In New Mexico, a marriage license does not expire, but must be returned with the certification after the ceremony is performed.

Equality Rights: Same sex marriage is legal in New Mexico.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

How many of you are getting married in New Mexico?