How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in New Mexico?
If you love Native American culture and wide open desert, then New Mexico is the place for you to get married! New Mexico’s major cities decorated in Spanish Colonial architecture are bursting with cultural arts. You could easily visit the Georgia O’Keefe museum on your honeymoon if you plan on getting married in New Mexico.
Rules and Regulations
Before spicing up that reception with Spanish-American influence and ethnic food, you will want to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations for getting married in New Mexico.
- You must be 18 years or older to be married in New Mexico without parental consent.
- If you are 16-17 years old, you need a certified copy of your birth certificate and parental consent of both parents (if living).
- If you are 16 years or younger, you need a court order before you can be married in New Mexico.
- No residency requirement in New Mexico.
- No witnesses are required when applying or for the ceremony.
- No blood test is needed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- Cousin marriage is allowed in New Mexico.
How to Apply
You both must apply in person, together at the County Clerk’s office. You will need to bring the following paperwork with you when applying:
- A $25 fee paid in cash only at the time of application.
- Proof of social security number for both parties (W2, social security card or tax return).
- Picture ID and proof of age for both parties (current, valid driver’s license, passport, military or state ID, birth certificate, or student ID).
- Court order if 15 years or younger.
Waiting Period and Expiration
Your marriage license is available immediately, there is no waiting period, and you can get married right away. There is no expiration date on marriage licenses issued in New Mexico, and you can use it in any county in the state.
Who Can Officiate
Your wedding may be performed by any ordained or licensed minister and justices of the peace.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.
You must return the marriage license to the County Clerk’s office where you obtained it within 90 days of your wedding. After recorded and it becomes public record, you may request a copy for yourself for a fee of $2.50.