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Are New Mexico Vital Records Open to the Public?

Most New Mexico Vital Records are not open to the public. Vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce records/certificates are restricted to the general public within a time period. New Mexico State’s laws and statutes do not permit any member of the public or interested parties to have access to any vital record(s) unless they have a direct or tangible interest, and can prove legal right/claim. Permitted persons include:

  • The registrant’s mother
  • The registrant’s father
  • The registrant's sibling(s)
  • The registrant’s child or grandchild
  • Current spouse of the registrant
  • Grandparents (If the father of the registrant is not listed on the record, the paternal grandparent is not eligible)


What Information Do I Need to Search for New Mexico Vital Records Online?

Vital Records in the State of New Mexico are kept and maintained by the New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. However, the bureau does not maintain marriage and divorce certificates. Eligible individuals searching for vital records can do so using the services of third-party sites* with the following information, which may include:

  • The full name of the person named on the record
  • The registrant’s date of birth
  • The registrant’s state of birth
  • The purpose for which the requested record is to be used
  • The gender of the registrant
  • The applicant’s current name and delivery address

*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels.


What Do I Need to Obtain New Mexico Vital Records?

Eligible persons or parties who want to obtain Vital Records in New Mexico may direct their requests to the New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. They must be able to provide one of the following:

  • A valid, government-issued proof of identity document which may include:
    • Driver’s License
    • Mexican Matricula
    • Military ID
    • Passport
    • Foreign passport with visa and I‐94
  • Two documents that establish proof of age/identity
    • Social Security Card with Signature
    • Social Security Number
    • Voter’s Registration Card
    • Tribal/School ID
    • Tax Form
    • Baptismal Certificate
    • School/ Medical Records
    • Marriage Application
  • A document that proves familial relationship with the registrant and a valid government-issued ID

Are New Mexico Marriage Records Public Information?

No, New Mexico marriage records are not public information. New Mexico Marriage records have certain restrictions to the public and only eligible individuals of the public can have access to the records


How do I find marriage records in New Mexico?

Marriage records in New Mexico are not kept by the New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. Nor can applicants find marriage records online. Persons who want to find marriage records in New Mexico must direct their requests to the County Clerk of the County in New Mexico where the marriage was recorded and license issued.

Are New Mexico Divorce Records Public Information?

Divorce Records in the State of Kansas are not public information and are barred from public access unless the requesting persons/parties can prove within they have a direct or tangible interest as defined by law.


How do I find Divorce Records in New Mexico?

Anyone who wishes to obtain Divorce records in New Mexico may not send requests to the New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, as those records are not kept by the Bureau. Instead, interested parties may direct their requests for certified copies to the District Court in the State where the divorce was granted.

Are New Mexico Birth Records Public Information?

New Mexico Birth Records are not public information, unless the birth records exceed the 100-year limit, in which case, they become public records. Records that are below the 100-year limit can only be accessed when the requestor is immediate family and can prove tangible, legitimate, or direct interest.


How Do I Find New Mexico Birth Records?

Persons who want to order New Mexico Birth records may do so at the New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. They must complete and sign the Birth Record Search Application, have valid government-issued IDs and must be able to prove their relationship to the person(s) named on the birth record. Methods by which these applications and documents can be sent/submitted include Mail, In-person, or telephone.

Individuals who wish to request birth records by mail have the added option of writing a letter, instead of mailing the fillable application form. This letter must contain:

  • The registrant’s birth name
  • The registrant’s birth date
  • The registrant’s city of birth
  • The registrant’s county of birth (if the applicant knows this information)
  • The registrant’s full parents’ names (including the mother’s maiden name)
  • The applicant’s relationship with the registrant
  • The reason for the request
  • The applicant’s current name and signature
  • The delivery information of the applicant

The applicants are also required to include the $10 fee for the request, payable by money or check order only and addressed to:

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

Persons who wish to make the requests in person may visit the Bureau’s offices in Gallup, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or Socorro counties during working hours:

  • Monday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.;
  • Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.;
  • Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m; and
  • Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., respectively.

Gallup Office for Birth records requests:

McKinley County Public Health Office
1919 College Drive
Gallup, NM 87301
(505) 722-4391

Sante Fe for Birth records requests:

1105 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 827-0121

Albuquerque for Birth records requests:

Midtown Public Health Office
2400 Wellesley Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 841-4100

Socorro for Birth records requests:

Socorro County Public Health Office
214 Neel Avenue NW
Socorro, NM 87801
(575) 835-0971

Note: The Socorro and Albuquerque county locations require applicants to schedule appointments. While Albuquerque operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Are New Mexico Death Records Open to the Public?

Death Records in New Mexico are only open to the public 50 years after the death occurred. If that time limit has not elapsed, then they are not accessible by the public unless the applicants are directly related to the registrant, and can prove that they have the legal right to do so.


How Do I Find Death Records in New Mexico?

Persons who want to obtain death records in New Mexico may request at the New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics for a $5 fee. The requests can be made by mail, or in person.

Applicants who choose to use the mail service have the benefit of writing a letter, instead of using the Death Record Search Application. They must also attach a copy of their government-issued ID to mail.

Information contained in the letter must include:

  • The deceased’s full name
  • The date of death
  • The city/county in which the death occurred
  • The Social Security Number of the deceased, if it is known
  • The name of the mortuary in charge of final arrangements
  • The applicant’s relationship to the deceased
  • The reason for the certificate request
  • The applicant’s current name and signature
  • The applicant’s delivery information

Once the applicant has completed the requirements, he/she may mail it to:

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

Alternatively, the requestor can visit the Bureau office in Sante Fe county within business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to make the order at:

Bureau of Vital Records & Health Statistics
1105 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

New Mexico State Archives

State Archives

Contact: (505) 207-2240

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Built in 1909, the Union County Courthouse in New Mexico housed administrative offices and judges’ chambers until 1987.