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How to Get Married in New Mexico

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Rio Grande River in New Mexico

The Rio Grande River flows southward near Taos, New Mexico.

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Requirements may vary as each county in New Mexico could have their own requirements.

Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!

ID Requirement:

If you are over 24 years of age, you will just need to show your driver's licenses. Otherwise you need to provide your birth certificate or a passport. You also need to provide your Social Security numbers.


Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of New Mexico.

Previous Marriages:

If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be supplied.

Covenant Marriage:


Waiting Period:



$25 - $40 - cash only.

Other Tests:

No other tests.

Proxy Marriage:


Common Law Marriage:


Cousin Marriage:


Same Sex Marriages: Yes. Although only originally available in a few counties. (Read more)  As of December 19, 2013, New Mexico's Supreme Court declared in a ruling that denying marriage licenses to gay couples was unconstitutional.

Under 18: In order to get married, a court order is necessary for anyone under 16 years of age. If you are between 16 and 17 years old, you will need parental consent.

Officiants: Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.

Witnesses: You need two witnesses at your wedding ceremony.

Miscellaneous: License if valid for one year. The marriage license hotline is 505-768-4314.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:
Vital Statistics
New Mexico Health Services Division
P.O. Box 26110
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Phone: (505) 827-2338

Still Confused About Getting Married in New Mexico?

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Please note that we make every effort to offer you common-sense marriage advice and helpful information about marriage on this website, but we are not attorneys and the articles on the site are not to be construed as legal advice.

The information in this article was accurate when it was published. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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