So, you’ve found the man or woman of your dreams and now the two of you cannot wait to get married. Of course, you’ll want to tie the knot as soon as possible, but it’s not as simple as just heading over to the courthouse or your local church; from your New Mexico birth certificate to your marriage license, you need to have all of the proper documentation to ensure that your marriage is legally recognized. Here’s what you need to have ready.
Both of you will need to bring your birth certificates. This can be a New Mexico birth certificate if you were born in the state or one from the state or country in which you were born. Keep in mind that they should be original documents, not copies. Be sure to allow enough time to order a new document if you are unable to find yours, as it will take time for the state government to process your request and deliver the New Mexico birth certificate to you.
Social Security Card
You’ll both need to bring your social security cards as well, and they both need to be signed. If you don’t have a social security card but are, in fact, a U.S. citizen, you can also verify your social security number with a copy of your W-2 tax form or a recent tax return. If you do not have a social security number, you’ll need to show the equivalent from your home country in order to verify your citizenship.
Of course, the county clerk will need to verify your identities in order to issue a marriage license, so you’ll need to have some form of government-approved photo identification. This includes things like driver’s licenses, passports, green cards and other official documents. Sorry, your student ID or library card won’t cut it. Typically, a driver’s license or identification card takes a week or two to come in the mail after you visit the DMV, so allow time for this if you need to order a new one.
Once you have all of the documents listed above, you will be eligible to apply for your marriage license. Most marriage licenses are approved and issued on the spot, so you’ll be able to get married immediately after if you so choose. You can also choose to wait so that you can spend more time planning your dream wedding, as marriage licenses in New Mexico do not expire.
Once you have your marriage license, you are all ready to go. When you are married in New Mexico, your marriage will automatically be recognized by the U.S. government; there are no further steps you’ll need to take. Congratulations on your nuptials!