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New Mexico Public Records

New Mexico Public RecordsNew Mexico is one of the largest states in terms of acreage, but smallest in terms of population with just over two million residents. The state is considered one of the Mountain States, due to the presence of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains. The state was first inhabited by various tribes of Native Americans and then by Spanish explorers, who gave the state its name while it was still a territory. New Mexico became an official state of the Union in 1912, but its colorful history stretches far beyond that date.

Whether you are interested in learning more about the residents of this state, or simply need official documents for personal use, New Mexico public records are the place to start.  Public records for New Mexico are stored at various government offices currently. The precise location will depend on the type of records you are looking for and the date the specific event occurred. More recent births and deaths may be stored at the New Mexico Department of Health, while older records, known as archived or genealogical records, may be found at a different location. It is also helpful to understand the process involved in searching for and retrieving documents, as well as the requirements of the state to obtain certified copies.

Before beginning a public records search in New Mexico, keep the following in mind:

  • Many public records are stored at the New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Documents are available in person, by mail and through the Internet.
  • New Mexico does limit access to some public records to “authorized” individuals.
  • The New Mexico Genealogical Society offers additional archived records.
  • New Mexico marriage and divorce records must be searched through individual county offices.
  • Launching a New Mexico Public Records Search: Eligibility

    New Mexico is similar to many other states in the country in terms of restricting access to certified copies of certain vital records. The state has precise rules about who can gain these types of birth and death records.

    New Mexico birth records are limited to the person on the certificate and immediate family members, meaning parents, sibling, children, spouse and grandparents. Paternal grandparents are only allowed access if the father’s name appears on the birth certificate. New Mexico death certificates follow similar rules, with only immediate family members of the deceased allowed access to certified copies.

    Birth records in New Mexico are made open to the general public 100 years after the birth, and death records are opened 50 years after the date of death.

    Public Records Locations for New Mexico

    The Vital Records and Health Statistics Office at the New Mexico Department of Health is the first place to hunt for NM public records. This office holds all the birth and death certificates for New Mexico, beginning in 1919 to present. Few files are located at this office prior to this date; most are held at other state and county offices. The Vital Records and Health Statistics Office handles requests for research and copies of documents in person and by mail. An online option is also available for those conducting a New Mexico online public records search.

    The best place to begin a public records search for New Mexico births and deaths prior 1919 is the New Mexico Genealogical Society. While this organization may not have the actual documents on file, it does provide ample information about where information might be located prior to the regular keeping of these documents by the Department of Health.

    New Mexico marriage records in New Mexico can be traced to the specific county office where the marriage took place, according to the New Mexico Genealogical Society. Divorce records are held by the District Court where jurisdiction was granted. The office also provides information on where to find cemetery records, coroner inquests and Justice of the Peace records.

    Convenience of Online Public Records in New Mexico

    For those who wish to conduct online NM public records searches, the New Mexico Department of Health has partnered with an Internet service that allows interested individuals to search for and request copies of documents online. VitalChek provides online public records searches for New Mexico and many other states across the country. Searches are as accurate as the information provided on the individual and the event. Research can be conducted from any location, even the privacy of your own home. There is an additional fee for using the Internet service through VitalChek.



     
    State of New Mexico Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    1,356,984

     
    Under 18:
    500,276

     
    Over 65:
    250,235

     
    Employed:
    1,401,099

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    121,355.53

     
    Acres of Farms:
    44,083,810

     
    Births:
    28,835

     
    Deaths:
    14,983

     
    Infant Deaths:
    134

     
     
    Murder:
    142

     
    Forcible Rape:
    1,139

     
    Robbery:
    2,172

     
    Assault:
    9,443

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    12,896

     
    Burglary:
    21,713

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    47,855

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    8,004

     
    Total Property Crime:
    77,572

     
    New Mexico Public Records Locations
    Department of Public Safety
    Attn: Records
    PO Box 1628
    Santa Fe, NM 87504-1628
    Phone:
    505-827-9181

     
    505-827-9182

    Fax:
    505-827-9189










    Attorney General's Office
    PO Drawer 1508
    Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508
    Phone:
    505-827-6000

    Fax:
    505-827-5826










     
    Department of Health
    Bureau of Vital Records
    PO Box 26110
    Santa Fe, NM 87502
    Phone:
    505-827-0121

    Fax:
    505-984-1048










    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
    Corporations Bureau
    PO Box 1269
    Santa Fe, NM 87504-1269
    Fax:
    505-827-4387










     
    Department of Public Safety
    Criminal Records Bureau
    PO Box 1628
    Santa Fe, NM 87504-1628
    Phone:
    505-827-9181

    Fax:
    505-827-3388










    Department of Health
    Bureau of Vital Records
    PO Box 26110
    Santa Fe, NM 87502
    Phone:
    505-827-0121

    Fax:
    505-984-1048










     
    Motor Vehicle Division
    Driver Services Bureau
    PO Box 1028
    Santa Fe, NM 87504-1028
    Phone:
    505-827-2241

    Fax:
    505-827-2792










    Department of Education
    GED Testing Program
    300 Don Gaspar, Rm 122
    Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
    Phone:
    505-827-6702

    Fax:
    505-827-6616










     
    Governor's Office
    490 Old Santa Fe Trail
    State Capitol, Rm 400
    Santa Fe, NM 87503
    Phone:
    505-476-2200

    Fax:
    505-676-2226










    Public Information & Outreach
    NM Dept of Game & Fish
    PO Box 25112
    Santa Fe, NM 87504
    Phone:
    505-476-8000

     
    800-862-931-

    Fax:
    505-476-8116










     
    New Mexico Corrections Department
    Central Records Unit
    PO Box 27116
    Santa Fe, NM 87502
    Phone:
    505-827-8674

    Fax:
    505-827-8821










    Legislative Council Service
    State Capitol Bldg
    Room 411
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    Fax:
    505-986-4610










     
    Department of Public Safety
    Records Bureau
    PO Box 1628
    Santa Fe, NM 87504-1628
    Phone:
    505-827-9297

     
    505-827-9193

    Fax:
    505-827-3399










    State Records Center & Archives
    1205 Camino Carlos Rey
    Santa Fe, NM 87507
    Phone:
    505-476-7902

    Fax:
    505-476-7901










     
    Administrative Office of the Courts
    Judicial Information Division
    2905 Rodeo Park Dr East, Bldg #5
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    Phone:
    505-476-6900

    Fax:
    505-476-6952










    UCC Division
    Secretary of State
    325 Don Gaspar, St #301
    Santa Fe, NM 87503
    Phone:
    505-827-3615

     
    505-827-3608

    Fax:
    505-827-3611










     
    Motor Vehicle Division
    Vehicle Services Bureau
    PO Box 1028
    Santa Fe, NM 87504-1028
    Phone:
    505-827-4636

     
    888-683-4636

    Fax:
    505-827-0395










    Secretary of State
    Bureau of Elections
    325 Don Gaspar, #300
    Santa Fe, NM 87503
    Phone:
    505-827-3621

     
    800-477-3632

    Fax:
    505-827-8403