Couple has to prove New Mexico is a state to DC government employees

There are 50 states in the United States of America. I know that may seem like a pedestrian, dull and commonly understood fact, but maybe not.

One couple, living in New Mexico, recently attempted to apply for a marriage license in Washington D.C. and they had to prove that New Mexico was actually a state.

Yes, you read that right.

When Gavin Clarkson handed over his New Mexico ID, the clerk then asked for his New Mexico passport. She couldn’t get over the fact that New Mexico was not a foreign country.

This is where things get even worse. The woman, who was not convinced New Mexico was state, went and told her supervisor about the situation. The supervisor then agreed with the employee, saying that Clarkson would need an international passport in order to acquire a marriage license.

Things finally got sorted out, Clarkson and his bride-to-be got their license and the department issuing marriage licenses bought a map of the United States.

The department apologized for the issue and released the following statement:

“We understand that a clerk in our Marriage Bureau made a mistake regarding New Mexico’s 106-year history as a state. We very much regret the error and the slight delay it caused a New Mexico resident in applying for a DC marriage license.”


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