Marriage in New Mexico

If you are getting married in New Mexico, there are several requirements you should be familiar with in order to make your marriage official. You will need to pay a fee between 25 and 40 dollars cash in order to get your marriage license. The license will not expire, and is issued instantly. There is no medical exam necessary, and you won't have to endure a waiting period. As long as you buy the marriage license in New Mexico, it will be valid across the entire state.

A justice of the peace can perform the ceremony, as can anyone who is recognized by a religious association. A District Judge, Magistrate Judge, Probate Judge, or Municipal Judge can also perform marriages. However, if you want a District Judge to perform your ceremony, you will have to make a request.

In New Mexico, marriages are legal if they are between two people age 18 or older. If either person is 16 or 17, parental consent is required. If either party is 15 years old, the laws require a court order.

The state of New Mexico does not recognize marriage by proxy. This occurs when one member is unable to be present and is represented by another person. Common law marriage is also unrecognized by New Mexico. This occurs when a couple cohabits and considers themselves as being married without the benefit of a marriage license. Marriage to a cousin is legal.

What to Bring?

When you're ready to get your marriage license, be sure to take along the required paperwork. This includes a current picture ID, but if you don't have one of those, a birth certificate will work just as well. You'll need to be able to prove that you have a Social Security Number. If you live in another country, you'll have to provide a passport. Another important item to bring is your future spouse! New Mexico requires that both parties are present at the time a marriage license is granted. If you have been married before, you will have to provide the date of your spouse's death or the date of your divorce.

More Information

Your marriage license will not expire and can be used immediately. It has to be taken to the ceremony and signed by two witnesses and the person performing the ceremony. If you have more questions, call the marriage license hot line at 505-768-4314.

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