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What are New Mexico Vital Records?

Vital Records in New Mexico are the official records of all births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, and divorces that occur in the state. The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) maintains these records. The NMDOH has records of all births and deaths since 1920 and delayed records since 1880.

 

How Can I Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate in New Mexico?

New Mexico birth records

New Mexico birth certificates are restricted records. Only the following people may obtain a copy of a birth certificate:

  • The person named on the certificate.
  • The parents of the person named on the certificate.
  • The spouse of the person named on the certificate.
  • The adult child of the person named on the certificate.
  • The sibling of the person named on the certificate.
  • The legal representative of any of the above people.
  • Genealogists who the NMDOH has issued a valid researcher permit.

To request a copy of a New Mexico birth certificate, you will need to provide the following information:

  • The full name of the person named on the birth certificate.
  • The date of birth.
  • The name of the city or town where the person was born.
  • The father's full name.
  • The mother's full maiden name.
  • Your relationship to the person named on the birth certificate.
  • A copy of your photo ID.
  • Proof of your relationship to the person named on the birth certificate (if you are not the person named on the certificate).
  • Your name and signature.
  • Your mailing address.

VitalChek is the authorized expediting service for New Mexico birth certificates for online requests. There is an additional fee for using this service, and you will need to provide a credit or debit card.

VitalChek offers two options for ordering certificates. Customers can choose from 3-5 business day processing with regular mail delivery costing $26 or the Next Day Air delivery by UPS costing $44.50.

You can contact VitalChek through the VitalChek Express Certificate Service or call them at 877-284-0963. They accept all major credit cards, including American Express, Discover, Visa, and MasterCard.

For mail requests, you can either fill out the Birth Record Search Application Form (Spanish Version Form) and mail it or send a letter with specific information with the correct fee.

New Mexico Vital Records
P.O. Box 25767
Albuquerque, NM 87125

You can also request a New Mexico birth certificate in person. You will need to bring the completed application form, a photo ID, and the correct fee. Visit NMDOH Birth Certificates for more information.

 

How Can I Get a Death Certificate in New Mexico?

New Mexico death records

Death certificates become public records after 50 years of the date of death. New Mexico death certificates are restricted records. Only the following people may obtain a copy of a death certificate:

  • The person named on the certificate.
  • The spouse of the person named on the certificate.
  • The adult child of the person named on the certificate.
  • The sibling of the person named on the certificate.
  • The maternal or paternal grandparent of the person named on the certificate.
  • The legal representative of any of the above people.
  • Genealogists who the NMDOH has issued a valid researcher permit.

To request a copy of a New Mexico death certificate, you will need to provide the following information:

  • The full name of the person named on the death certificate.
  • The date of death.
  • The name of the city or town where the person died.
  • The name of the mortuary in charge of final arrangements.
  • The social security number of the person named on the death certificate.
  • Your relationship to the person named on the death certificate.
  • Your name and signature.
  • Your mailing address.

VitalChek is the authorized expediting service for New Mexico death certificates for an online request. There is an additional fee for using this service, and you will need to provide a credit or debit card.

VitalChek offers two options for ordering certificates. Customers can choose from 3-5 business day processing with regular mail delivery costing $21 or the Next Day Air delivery by UPS costing $39.50.

You can contact VitalChek through the VitalChek Express Certificate Service or call them at 877-284-0963. They accept all major credit cards, including American Express, Discover Visa, and MasterCard.

For mail requests, you can either fill out the Death Record Search Application Form (Spanish Version Form) and mail it or send a letter with specific information with the correct fee. You should include a photocopy of your government-issued photo ID in the request.

New Mexico Vital Records
P.O. Box 25767
Albuquerque, NM 87125

You can also request a New Mexico death certificate in person. You will need to bring the completed application form, a photo ID, and the correct fee. The search fee for a death certificate is $5 per certificate.

Visit the Santa Fe Bureau of Vital Records & Health Statistics to get a certified copy of a death certificate in New Mexico. The office operates from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

508-827-0121 (Phone)
1-866-534-0051 (Toll-Free)

 

How Can I Get a Marriage Certificate in New Mexico?

New Mexico marriage records

New Mexico has no statewide marriage index. The best way to obtain a copy of your New Mexico marriage certificate is to contact the county clerk in the county where the marriage took place.

You can find contact information for all New Mexico counties under the Contact Clerk Information of the New Mexico Secretary of State website.

Provide as much information as possible when requesting a certified copy of the marriage certificate, including:

  • The full name of both spouses.
  • The date of the marriage.
  • The county where the marriage took place.
  • Your relationship to the person named on the certificate.
  • Your name and signature.
  • Your mailing address.

The cost for a certified copy of the marriage certificate varies depending on the county. It is best to contact the county clerk to find out the fee ahead of time.

 

How Can I Get a Divorce Record in New Mexico?

New Mexico divorce records

Divorce records in New Mexico are considered public records, and public records in Mexico can be accessed and viewed by any public member. Only records that are sealed by court order are exempted from this rule.

While divorce records are available for public viewing, a certified copy of a divorce record is restricted to:

  • Registrants - the parties named on the record.
  • Adult children of the registrants.
  • Parents or legal guardians of the registrants.
  • An authorized legal representative of the registrants.

A New Mexico divorce decree is available from the District Court, where the divorce was granted. You can find a list of all New Mexico District Courts on the Judicial Brand of New Mexico website.
To request a certified copy of the divorce decree, you will need to provide the following information:

  • The names of both persons registered on the court, including maiden names.
  • The date the divorce judgment was granted by the court.
  • Where the divorce was finalized.

The applicant must submit a written request to the District Court. You should include a photocopy of your government-issued photo ID in the request.

The only persons that are authorized to receive a certified copy of a divorce decree are the following:

  • The two divorced parties.
  • The divorced parties' immediate family members.
  • An attorney that represents either of the divorced parties.
  • A state or federal agency that has a legitimate reason for requesting the divorce decree.
  • The legal representative of either of the divorced parties.

The District Court sets the cost for a certified copy of a divorce decree. Fees may vary depending on the court. It is best to contact the District Court ahead of time to find out the fee.

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