Marriage Licenses in Albuquerque

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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 in downtown Albuquerque.

As of August 26, 2013, marriage licenses for same-sex couples can also be issued in the county.

Registering for a marriage license happens with the county clerk. The cost for a marriage license application is $25. Once a marriage license application has been filed, the record is permanent. Marriage records are permanent as well.

Marriage License Requirements

  • One male and one female OR same-sex couples
  • Both applicants must be present
  • Both applicants must be at least 18 years old
  • Both applicants need a birth certificate or current legal picture ID
  • Both applicants need proof of a social security number, such as a social security card, tax return or W-2 form
  • Parental consent is required for any applicant 16 or 17 years of age
  • Court orders are required for anyone under 16 years of age
  • Once a marriage license has been applied for, it is immediately valid. Marriage licenses do not expire.
  • Blood tests are NOT required

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 in room 6029.
Information on marriage licenses and applying for a license can be obtained at (505) 468-1243.

Marriage Ceremony

A marriage license is required before the marriage ceremony.  There is no waiting period to perform a ceremony once a license has been issued.

Getting a license is not enough to consider yourself married. An exchange of vows must take place. The marriage certificate must be filled out and signed by two witnesses as well as by the officiant who performed the ceremony or exchange of vows. The two witnesses need only be present to witness the ceremony and sign the certificate. 

It is not necessary to be a resident of Bernalillo County to obtain a marriage license at the county clerk. It is also not necessary to be married by a judge, though that is who can perform the ceremony if you so choose. Anyone who is licensed, ordained or certified to perform a ceremony can do so. If you want to have a judge perform the ceremony, find out how to schedule an appointment with a judge on the Metropolitan Court website.

To order a certified copy of a marriage certificate, fill out this form online.

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