A New Mexico man had to prove he wasn’t from a foreign country when he and his fiancee applied for a marriage license in Washington, D.C. recently.
In a post to his Facebook account, Gavin Clarkson wrote how, on Nov. 20, a supervisor at the Washington D.C. Marriage Bureau didn’t believe New Mexico was a part of the United States.
It has been for 106 years.
“You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver’s license, and they come back and say ‘my supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?'” Clarkson wrote. “They went back to a supervisor to check if New Mexico was a state … TWICE!”
While the office was researching whether New Mexico was an American state, one Marriage Bureau staffer complimented Clarkson on his command of the English language.
“The new Mrs. Clarkson thinks that the most hilarious part was when the clerk complemented me on my English. (For those that don’t know, Marina immigrated from Argentina in 1994 and became a US citizen fourteen years later),” he wrote on Facebook.
After about 20 minutes, Clarkson finally did get his marriage license.
A spokesperson for the District of Columbia Courts said a clerk, “made a mistake regarding New Mexico’s 106-year history as a state.”