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County clerk, probate judge to perform Valentine’s Day weddings

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“Romance at the Rotunda” is the event’s title, as the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office and county Probate Judge’s Office partner to perform marriages Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day), at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., the clerk’s office said in a news release.

“Both offices take pride in conducting the public service of performing marriages and recording marriage licenses,” the news release said.

Officiants that day will be Probate Judge Judith Ann Baca, Chief Deputy County Clerk Caroline Zamora and Deputy Clerk Brandi Delgado.

For couples wishing to get married on Valentine’s Day, here are the steps to take:

  • Complete the online marriage application form at https://donaana.nm.publicsearch.us/. Click on the dropdown arrow that reads “Other Services” and select “Apply for Marriage License.” You will receive a transaction number, which you should keep. Marriage licenses are issued by appointment only. Appointments for Feb. 14 are filling up quickly, the clerk’s office said, so applicants should complete the form as soon as possible. Couples who want to get married Feb. 14 but do not want to participate in the Romance at the Rotunda event must also make an appointment to acquire a marriage license prior to their ceremony, the clerk’s office said.
  • Call the clerk’s office at 575-647-7421 to schedule an appointment to complete the application process. For participation in the Romance in the Rotunda event, you will need to schedule a ceremony time slot in addition to scheduling the marriage application appointment. Give the clerk the transaction number from Step 1 above. Both applicants must attend the appointment in person at the clerk’s office in the county government center to finalize the marriage application.
  • On Feb. 14, arrive for your ceremony 30 minutes before the time scheduled for the ceremony to check-in. Check-in will happen outside of room 113 at the county government center.
  • Remember to bring your marriage license with you to the ceremony. Other items you may wish to bring to the ceremony include floral bouquet(s), a wedding veil, ring(s), personalized vows and a camera.
  • After the ceremony, return the signed marriage license to the check-in table for recording and filing by the clerk’s office.

Couples who miss the opportunity to sign up for a Feb. 14 marriage ceremony time slot or are late for their time slot can participate in a collective wedding ceremony with multiple couples at 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at the county government center. Couples must complete the marriage application and receive their blank marriage license prior to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14 o participate.

The cost of a marriage license is $25. There is no charge to participate in the Romance at the Rotunda ceremony.

For more information, contact the clerk’s office at 575-647-7421.

Visit www.donaanacounty.org/departments/elected-officials/clerk.