What are the legal requirements to get married in New Mexico?
All couples must receive a marriage license and then formally solemnize their vows in order to be legally married in New Mexico. Marriage licenses are obtained by filing an application and paying a license fee at a County Clerk’s office, which are located throughout the state.
|CLICK THE LINK TO YOUR CITY BELOW TO APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE
The links below will take you to the county website where the city is located. Not all counties have forms on their site and might only list a contact and phone number.
How do we get a New Mexico marriage license?
In order to apply for a marriage license in New Mexico, the bride and groom must appear together at a County Clerk’s office to fill out and file the marriage license application. Both applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply for a marriage license without parental consent. In addition to filling out the application, both the bride and groom need to present valid photo ID that proves age and identity before the application will be processed.
What kind of questions does the New Mexico marriage license application ask?
Typically, you will need to provide the following information:
• Full name
• Date of birth
• Place of birth
• Social security number
If this is not your first marriage, you may need to provide information about how and when the previous marriage ended, but you normally do not need to bring a copy of the final divorce decree to be issued a license. The main exception to this is if the bride is divorced and still uses her married name, then a final copy of the divorce decree is usually required to confirm identity.
In New Mexico, how long is the marriage license good for?
New Mexico marriage license do not expire. Once issued, they are good for any wedding between the two parties throughout the state. If the license is lost or damaged before it is used, the county will usually reissue the license without an additional application for a small fee.
Does New Mexico allow proxy marriages?
Yes, under state law proxy marriages are allowed. However both parties must still be present when applying for the marriage license. It is also up to the discretion of the judge on whether to perform the marriage, as he can decline to solemnize your vows if he feels uncomfortable with the situation.