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New Mexico Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in New Mexico. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in New Mexico. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of New Mexico.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: Never Expires
  • Marriage License Return Within: 90 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in New Mexico

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in New Mexico

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

Select your county to quickly generate the contact information for your local marriage authority.

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3 License to Marry in New Mexico

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in New Mexico to get an Ordination Package, although minister registration is not required in New Mexico you may be asked by the county clerk to display proof of your ordination before the marriage will be accepted as legally valid. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in New Mexico

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their New Mexico marriage license from the appropriate office. This license never expires, and there is no waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in New Mexico and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. The signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 90 days of the wedding ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in New Mexico, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new New Mexico wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.

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New Mexico Marriage Code

Marriage in New Mexico is governed by Article 1 of Chapter 40 of the statutes of the State of New Mexico. Ministers ordained online with the Universal Life Church are permitted to solemnize marriages in New Mexico and have successfully done so thousands of times. Below, you will find that we have reproduced the relevant excerpts of this code.
40-1-2. Marriages solemnized; ordained clergy or civil magistrates may solemnize.

A. The civil contract of marriage is entered into when solemnized as provided in Chapter 40, Article 1 NMSA 1978. As used in Chapter 40, Article 1 NMSA 1978, "solemnize" means to join in marriage before witnesses by means of a ceremony.

B. A person who is an ordained member of the clergy or who is an authorized representative of a federally recognized Indian nation, tribe or pueblo may solemnize the contract of marriage without regard to sect or rites and customs the person may practice.

C. Active or retired judges, justices and magistrates of any of the courts established by the constitution of New Mexico, United States constitution, laws of the state or laws of the United States are civil magistrates having authority to solemnize contracts of marriage . Civil magistrates solemnizing contracts of marriage shall charge no fee therefor.

View the New Mexico Statutes on the official state site
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Bernalillo County

One Civic Plaza NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Phone: (505) 468-1290
Fax: (505) 468-1293
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Catron County

Catron County Courthouse
Box 197
Reserve, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 533-6400
Fax: (575) 533-6400
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Chaves County

#1 St. Mary's Place
Roswell, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 624-6614
Fax: (575) 624-6523
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Cibola County

515 W. High
Grants, New Mexico

Phone: (505) 285-2535
Fax: (505) 285-2562
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Colfax County

PO Box 159
Raton, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 445-5551
Fax: (575) 445-4031
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Curry County

700 N. Main St.
Clovis, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 763-5591
Fax: (575) 763-4232
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DeBaca County

Box 347
Fort Sumner, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 355-2601
Fax: (575) 355-2441
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Dona Ana County

845 N. Motel Blvd.
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 647-7421
Fax: (575) 525-6159
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Eddy County

101 West Greene
Carlsbad, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 885-3383
Fax: (575) 234-1793
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Grant County

Box 898
Silver City, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 574-0046
Fax: (575) 574-0076
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Guadalupe County

1448 Historic Route 66
Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 472-3791
Fax: (575) 472-4791
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Harding County

35 Pine Street
Mosquero, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 673-2301
Fax: (575) 673-2922
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Hidalgo County

300 South Shakespeare St.
Lordsburg, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 542-9213
Fax: (575) 542-3193
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Lea County

P. O. Box 1507
Lovington, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 396-8622
Fax: (575) 396-3293
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Lincoln County

Box 338
Carrizozo, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 648-2394
Fax: (575) 648-2576
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Los Alamos County

2451 Central Avenue
P. O. Box 30
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Phone: (505) 662-8010
Fax: (505) 662-8008
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Luna County

700 S. Silver Ave.
P.O. Box 551
Deming, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 546-0491
Fax: (575) 543-6617
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McKinley County

P.O. Box 1268
Gallup, New Mexico

Phone: (505) 863-6866
Fax: (505) 863-1419
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Mora County

Box 360
Mora, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 387-2448
Fax: (575) 387-9023
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Otero County

1000 New York Ave.
Alamogordo, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 437-4942
Fax: (575) 443-2922
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Quay County

Box 1225
Tucumcari, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 461-0510
Fax: (575) 461-0513
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Rio Arriba County

P.O. Box 158
Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 588-7725
Fax: (575) 588-7418
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Roosevelt County

109 West First St.
Lobby Box 4
Portales, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 356-8562
Fax: (575) 356-3560
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San Juan County

P.O. Box 550
Aztec, New Mexico

Phone: (505) 334-9471
Fax: (505) 334-3635
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San Miguel County

500 W. National Avenue
Las Vegas, New Mexico

Phone: (505) 425-9331
Fax: (505) 454-1799
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Sandoval County

711 Camino Del Pueblo
Box 40
Bernalillo, New Mexico

Phone: (505) 867-7572
Fax: (505) 771-8610
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Santa Fe County

102 Grant Ave.
Box 1985
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Phone: (505) 986-6280
Fax: (505) 995-2767
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Sierra County

100 N. Date Street
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 894-2840
Fax: (505) 894-2516
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Socorro County

P. O. Box 1
Socorro, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 835-0423
Fax: (575) 835-1043
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Taos County

105 Albright St.
Taos, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 737-6400
Fax: (575) 737-6390
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Torrance County

205 9th Street
P. O. Box 767
Estancia, New Mexico

Phone: (505) 246-4737
Fax: (505) 384-4080
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Union County

P. O. Box 430
Clayton, New Mexico

Phone: (575) 374-9491
Fax: (575) 374-9491
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Valencia County

444 Luna Ave.
P. O. Box 969
Los Lunas, New Mexico

Phone: (505) 866-2073
Fax: (505) 866-2023
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