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Yes, New Mexico is Actually a State!

A couple in Washington, DC was briefly refused a marriage license because a clerk apparently believed their New Mexico state ID was from a foreign country.

You may not hear a great deal about the state of New Mexico, but you should at least be aware that it is, in fact, a state.

Stories like this one are exactly why I never say, “I’ve seen it all.” As soon as you make a statement like that, there’s yet another goofy story out there to prove you wrong! 

A New Mexico man applied for a marriage license in the nation’s capital, where his fiancé lives. The clerk, taking one look at the man’s state driver’s license, reportedly told him they couldn’t accept “an international driver’s license” and asked for his “New Mexico passport.”

The way the man told it on Facebook, the clerk consulted with her supervisor twice before denying the request without a passport.

 “All the couples behind us waiting in line were laughing,” he told the Las Cruses Sun News

Apparently, this is par for the course for citizens of the Land of Enchantment.

I had no idea that people who live in New Mexico are routinely assumed to live outside the United States.

Then again, given the education level of the typical American these days, maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise.

But it is surprise that employees in a government office wouldn’t know it. In fact, it’s inexcusable. Particularly when you consider, if the man’s account is correct, that neither the employee or the employee’s supervisor seemed to understand where New Mexico is.

I’d like to think that government offices at least have access to Google.

If they don’t, maybe that might be one way to prevent problems like this.

At the very least, our government employees at least ought to be able to pass a 7th grade Civics test.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.