Marriage License Requirements
FOR ALL APPLICANTS:
The following is required at the time a couple applies for a marriage license:
1. Completed Marriage Application Information Form. The form is available at the County Clerk’s Office.
2. Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) CASH ONLY, payable at the time of application. No Exceptions.
3. Proof of age and identity required. Proof of age and identity is normally satisfied with a government-issued photo ID.
Both applicants must appear in person at the County Clerk’s Office.
Marriage licenses must be purchased at any time before the ceremony. The license is valid for a ceremony taking place anywhere within the State of New Mexico. The signed license must be returned to the County Clerk’s Office within ninety (90) days of the ceremony.
FOR APPLICANTS WHO ARE 16 OR 17 YEARS OLD:
In addition to the above, you must have:
1. An original or certified copy of your birth certificate.
2. The written consent of each living parent listed on the birth certificate.
Written consent may be provided in person at the Clerk’s Office or through a notarized statement. If a parent is deceased, a certified copy for the death certificate is required. If a parent is not deceased and is unable or unwilling to provide written consent, authorization to issue the marriage license must be provided by a District Judge.
FOR APPLICANTS WHO ARE UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE:
Marriages of persons under 16 years of age are only permitted when there is a pregnancy and when a Children’s or Family Court Judge has authorized the marriage.
Marriage ceremonies may be performed in any county in the State of New Mexico. Individuals are responsible for making their own marriage arrangements and must provide a valid license to the person performing the ceremony.
For a civil ceremony in Grant County, the following are court names and phone numbers that perform a marriage ceremony by appointment:
Bayard Magistrate Court
701 Central Ave, Bayard, NM 88023
Silver City Magistrate Court
1620 E. Pine St, Silver City, NM 88061
Hurley Municipal Court
101 Cortez, Hurley, NM 88043
Santa Clara Municipal Court
105 N. Bayard St., Santa Clara, NM 88026
Silver City Municipal Court
215 N. Bullard, Silver City, NM 88061
Grant County Probate Judge
1400 Highway 180 E., Silver City, New Mexico 88061