By law, the County Clerk’s Office is the only agency in the State of New Mexico permitted to issue marriage licenses.
All marriage license applications and marriage certificates are filed as permanent records.
Applications are processed Monday thru Friday, between the hours of 8:00am and 3:30 pm. Closed Holidays.
Marriage licenses are issued and valid immediately.
They do not expire and blood tests are NOT required.
Marriage licenses issued by this office are ONLY valid for a ceremony taking place within the State of New Mexico. If you plan to get married in another state, you must contact a marriage license office in that state.
Marriage License & Application Information
Requirements to obtain a Marriage License in Harding County:
For all applicants:
The following is required of any couple applying for a marriage license:
Completed Information Sheet for each applicant.
Twenty-five dollars ($25.00), payable at the time of application. No Exceptions.
Proof of age and identity required. Proof of age and identity is normally satisfied with a government-issued photo ID.
All applicants must appear in person. If an applicant is unable to appear in person, authorization to issue the marriage license must be provided by a District Judge.
For applicants who are 16 and 17 years old:
A minor the age of sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years must provide a certified birth certificate from the state or country they were born in. Both parents, if living, who are shown on the minor's birth certificate must sign a written consent allowing the minor to apply for the marriage license. A written consent may be provided in person at the Clerk's Office, or if not in person, through a notarized statement. If one parent is deceased, a certified copy of the death certificate must be provided. A parent signing the consent form in person must present current photo identification that shows their name as matching their name on the birth certificate.
Unless a parent is deceased, if one parent is unable or unwilling to sign the consent form, then the minor must obtain an authorization to marry from the district court and provide a certified copy of the court order authorizing marriage to the County Clerk for filing.
Age – Under 16
A district court order is required (no alternative) for individuals under the age of 16, along with the documents listed above.
Both applicants need to be present to obtain the marriage license, as each applicant will need to sign the application. If an applicant is unable to appear in person, authorization to issue the marriage license must be provided by a District Judge.
Applicants must not be related within the degree prohibited by the State of New Mexico (NMSA 40-1-7).
Neither applicants may be bound by marriage to another; proof of divorce is NOT required.
Our office requires a Witness Form to be completed and returned to our office with your marriage certificate. This form will assist staff in accurately recording your marriage certificate.
NOTE: It will take approximately 30 minutes to issue you a license. No license will be started after 3:30 PM.
Marriage Ceremony Information
Couples are responsible for making their own ceremony arrangements. Two competent witnesses, in addition to the judge or minister, are required. Call our office for the Probate Judge.
It is the duty of all persons solemnizing the contract of marriage in this state to certify the marriage to the county clerk within ninety days from the date of the marriage ceremony.
Marriage Record Information
Marriage record may be viewed in the office during regular business hours.
A certified copy of your marriage record may be obtained in person, mail, or phone. The fee for a certified copy is $2.00
The following information is needed to locate the record on file: