How to Obtain Birth Certificates in New Mexico
There are times throughout life where you need a copy of your birth certificate to validate your identity, age or citizenship. You may be applying for a new job, school or the military or just getting a passport for some travel.
If you cannot locate your original and need a certified copy and you were born in New Mexico, you can grab one pretty easily by following the process below.
The New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics manages all vital records for the state. New Mexico classifies birth records as “restricted access.” Only immediate family or a legal representative may obtain a copy of your birth certificate. The list below are the only people that can access your birth record:
You, if you are 18 years or older.
Your legal guardian.
First, you must download and complete the application. You will need the following information:
- Your name.
- Your address.
- Your phone number.
- Your relationship, to the person on record.
- Full name of the person on record.
- Date of birth.
- Mother’s full maiden name.
- Father’s full name.
- Place of birth.
You may mail your completed application, along with your photo ID and payment to:
New Mexico Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
PO Box 25767
Albuquerque, NM 87125
You may also visit them in person by bringing your documents to:
1105 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
If you have problems or questions, you can contact them at 505-827-0121.
You must also pay a non-refundable, $10 fee for each copy of the birth certificate that you require. Make your check or money order out to New Mexico Vital Records.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.