In 1919, the Department of Vital Records and Health Statistics was created to register the Births and Deaths occurring in New Mexico. Before then the birth records were collected by various institutions such as the counties and churches. Some of the records have been shifted to the Department Vital Records and Health Statistics.If you wish to access your New Mexico Birth Records then you would have to submit an application to the New Mexico Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Records & Statistics at P.O. Box 26110, Santa Fe, NM 87502. The application can be mailed to the address or delivered personally to the office but it has to have a personal check or money order made payable to NM Vital Records. The latest fees involved can be inquired through telephone or via internet at www.VitalRecordsNM.org.New Mexico Birth Record copies are only issued to the registrant’s Immediate Family which includes the parents, siblings, children, current spouse or maternal or paternal grandparents. State laws also require a photographic ID of the applicant so you also need to present a government issued ID to get the copies of the Birth records. The ID can be anything from a driver’s license to a passport.
The New Mexico Department of Health is responsible for maintaining the vital records, to include death, birth and marriage. New Mexico death records are not considered to be a portion of the public record, and law prohibits granting death certificates to anyone that is not part of the direct family, to include, parents, brothers and sisters, children, grandparents either maternal or paternal, and the current spouse. If you qualify under one of these standings then you can request a certified copy of the death record in New Mexico.
You may request a certificate via mail, in person, or by the internet. By mail you will need to know the decedent’s name, the county and city of death if possible, and the date of death, you will also have to state your relationship to the person who has passed away, the reason you are requesting the certificate, such as to file an insurance claim, and your mailing address.
If you choose to order through the internet understand that you are going through a third party program. If you plan to order your certificate in person, it could benefit you to print and fill out the death search application prior to going in.