New Mexico Marriage License Requirements

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.

Residency Requirement

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.

Waiting Period

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.

License Expiration

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.

Age Requirement

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.

Blood Test

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.

Proxy Marriage

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.

Cousin 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.

Bernalillo County Clerk 1 Civic Plaza
P.O. Box 542
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Catron County Clerk
P.O. Box 197
Reserve, NM 87830
Chaves County Clerk
P.O. Box 580
Roswell, NM 88202
Cibola County Recorder
P.O. Box 190
Grant, NM 87020
Colfax County Clerk
P.O. Box 159
Raton, NM 87740
Curry County Clerk
700 Main St
Clovis, NM 88101
De Baca County Clerk
P.O. Box 347
Fort Sumner, NM 88119
Dona Ana County Clerks
251 West Amador Ave, #103
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Eddy County Clerk
202 West Mermad
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Grant County Clerk
P.O. Box 898
Silver City, NM 88062
Guadalupe County Clerk
420 Parker
Santa Rosa, NM 88435
Hidalgo County Clerk
300 South Shakespear
Lordsburg, NM 88045
Lea County Clerk
P.O. Box 1507
Lovington, NM 88260
Lincoln County Clerk
P.O. Box 338
Carrizozo, NM 88301
Los Alamas County Clerk
P.O. Box 30
New Mexico, NM 87544
Luna County Clerk
P.O. Box 1838
Deming, NM 88031
Mckinley County Clerk
P.O. Box 268
Gallup, NM 87305
Otero County Recorder
County Courthouse
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Quay County Clerks
P.O. Box 1225
Tucumcari, NM 88401
Rio Arriba County Clerk
P.O. Box 158
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
Roosevelt County Clerk
101 W 1st St
Portales, NM 88130
San Miguel County Clerks
500 W National St
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Sandoval County Clerk
711 Camino Del Pueblo
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Santa Fe County Clerk
P.O. Box 1985
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Sierra County Clerk
311 Date St
Truth Or Consequences, NM 87901
Socorro County Clerks Office
P.O. Box I
Socorro, NM 87801
Taos County Clerk
P.O. Box 676
Taos, NM 87571
Torrance County Clerk
P.O. Box 48
Estancia, NM 87016
Union County Clerk
P.O. Box 430
Clayton, NM 88415
Valencia County Clerk
P.O. Box 969
Los Lunas, NM 87031