Marriage Laws U.S. NM Albuquerque Wedding Officiants

Marriage licenses in Albuquerque are acquired in a matter of a few steps. It's important to understand the legal requirements for obtaining a marriage license in Albuquerque.

The County Clerk's office is the only agency that can issue marriage licenses, and in Albuquerque, that means the Bernalillo county clerk's office.

Registering for a marriage licenses happens with the county clerk. Cost for a marriage license application is $25, which can be paid with cash or the following credit cards: Discover, Visa, Master Card and American Express. Once a marriage license application has been filed, the record is permanent. Marriage records are permanent as well.

Information on marriage licenses and applying for a license can be obtained at (505) 468-1243.

Bernalillo County Clerk

One Civic Plaza NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The clerk's office is located on the 6th floor.

  1. Marriage License information line: (505) 468-1243.

  2. Both applicants need to be present.

  3. Both need to be at least 18 years of age.

  4. Both need current legal pictured ID, or birth certificate.

  5. Both need proof of Social Security number.

  6. Couples living in foreign countries need a passport.

  7. Parental consent if 16 or 17 years of age.

  8. Court order if 15 years of age.

  9. No medical exam or waiting period is required.

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

  11. Marriage licenses are issued and valid immediately.

  12. Once a marriage license has been applied for, it is immediately valid. Marriage licenses do not expire.

  13. License purchased in any New Mexico county, can be used state-wide.

  14. Marriage license must be brought to the ceremony to be signed by two witnesses and the minister.

  15. A Justice of the Peace is normally a Magistrate Judge, Municipal Judge, or Probate Judge may perform a ceremony. Including, a District Judge upon request. Any person credentialed by a religious society can perform a marriage in the State of New Mexico.

  16. Same-Sex Marriage: Yes.

  17. Proxy Marriage: No.

  18. Common Law Marriage: No.

  19. Cousin Marriage: Yes.

Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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