You may request a certified copy of a birth and death certificates in several different ways for births that occurred in New Mexico.
New Mexico Death Certificates are restricted access records.
State law restricts access to death certificates to the deceased registrant's (also called decedent) IMMEDIATE FAMILY members or those who represent tangible proof of legal interest in the requested record.
Immediate Family means any of the following: mother, father, sibling, child, current spouse, or maternal or paternal grandparent. Paternal grandparent is eligible if father is listed on the vital record.
Note: Death certificates become public records fifty (50) years after the date of death.
Information on Obtaining a New Mexico Death Certificate
Applicant must present current government issued picture identification and complete a Search Application. The search fee for a death certificate is $ 5.00 per certificate.
Counter Service through the Santa Fe State Office: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Please note that on the 2nd Thursday of each month, the Counter is closed 8:30 am to 9:00 am
The Santa Fe State Office is located at 1105 South St. Francis Drive between Cordova Road and Alta Vista Street. (Get Directions). Telephone number is (505) 827-0121 or Toll Free (866) 534-0051.
To obtain a death certificate by mail:
1. You may print out and mail (do not email) the death search application form
Death Search Application Form (Note: Do Not Email)
Solicitud para buscar Acta de MUERTE (Note: No correo electrónico)
2. You may send a letter with the following information:
- The decedent’s name.
- Date of death.
- City of death. Include county if known.
- The decedent's Social Security Number, if known.
- The name of the mortuary in charge of final arrangements.
- Requestor's relationship to the person on the death certificate.
- The purpose for which you are requesting the death certificate.
- Your name and signature.
- Your mailing address.
The fee for a death certificate is $ 5 per certified copy. Please make your certified check or money order payable to New Mexico Vital Records.
Do not send cash.
Please mail your request along with the correct fee to:
New Mexico Vital Records
Post Office Box 25767
Albuquerque, NM 87125