New Mexico Marriage License

If you're getting married in New Mexico, you must first apply for a marriage license. It'll cost you $25.00, plus you'll have an unlimited amount of time to use it, as it won't expire.

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Where to go

Where can I get a marriage license?

New Mexico marriage licenses are issued on the county level, at the County Clerk Office, by the County Clerk.

Where can I use it once I get it?

Your marriage license can be used throughout the state, regardless of which County Clerk Office you get it from.

Your license is only valid within the borders of New Mexico. For instance, you can't get a marriage license from the neighboring state of Texas, then use it here—and vice versa.

Costs

How much is a marriage license in New Mexico?

A marriage license costs exactly $25.00 USD. This price is established by state law and doesn't change no matter where you buy your license.

I've changed my mind; can I get my money back?

County Clerk Offices will not issue refunds for unused marriage licenses.

Attendance

Must we both be present when applying?

Both parties to the marriage must appear together when applying for a marriage license.

Waiting periods

Is there a waiting period to get a marriage license?

There is no waiting period to get a New Mexico marriage license. You'll get your license the same day you apply for it.

How soon can I get married after getting a license?

You can get married immediately after you receive your marriage license. There is no post-issuance waiting period to abide by before you can have your marriage ceremony.

Expiration dates

When will my marriage license expire?

Surprisingly, New Mexico marriage licenses do not expire after they've been handed out. New Mexico's one of the few states that won't invalidate an unused marriage license after a certain period of time has passed.

Residency requirements

What are the rules for residents and non-residents?

Whether you're a resident or non-resident of New Mexico, the rules are the same; you can apply for a marriage license anywhere in the state. You can then get married anywhere within the state.

Age requirements

How old must I be to get married?

You must be 18 years old (or above) to get married in New Mexico without parental consent.

16 to 17 years old

You must obtain the consent of both parents or legal guardians. It's not sufficient if only one parent/guardian acquiesces—both must agree.

If both your parents or guardians are unable to attend, then they must sign a notarized statement of consent.

You must obtain a court order from a Family Court Judge—in New Mexico—which will authorize the County Clerk to issue a marriage license.

15 years old and below

You must obtain a court order from a District Judge—in New Mexico—which will authorize the County Clerk to issue a marriage license.

Identification requirements

What forms of ID must I bring?

There are multiple types of identification to consider bringing when applying for a marriage license at your local County Clerk Office. They are as follows:

Provide one of the following:

  • Driver's License
  • Passport
  • Military Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Military Dependent Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy
  • Student Identification Card

16 to 17 years old

Provide the following:

  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy

Provide the following:

  • Social Security Number
    • Issued by the SSA
    • You don't need to bring you card; just know your number
    • It's understood that non-U.S. citizens are unlikely to have a SSN
    • Submitted to child support enforcement agencies; within New Mexico and out-of-state

Name Change

How do I go about changing my name due to marriage?

Undergoing a marriage-related name change in the state of New Mexico (or any other state) involves notifying various government and non-government institutions. You'll typically start with updating your Social Security Card, driver's license, passport, and other federal/state/non-governmental institutions.

Keep in mind, your name does not automatically and legally change just because you get married or obtain a marriage license or marriage certificate; you must go through the steps of updating your identification documents, whether it's through an online name change service, or contacting the SSA, State Dept. and NM MVD directly.

Blood Tests

Am I required to get a blood test?

No, New Mexico does not require you, nor your partner, to get a blood test as a condition for getting a marriage license.

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