How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in New Mexico?
In New Mexico, if you were divorced there, you can obtain a copy of your divorce decree by following the process below. Sometimes you need a copy to validate your identity, name change or marital status for purposes of insurance, legal matters or business.
The court system handles copies of divorce certificates after the divorce is finalized. You must contact the court where your divorce was granted and request a copy in writing. They offer three ways to obtain a copy, by mail, in person, and by fax.
Regardless of which method you choose, you will need to have the following information handy when applying:
- Your name, address, and phone number.
- The full names of both parties.
- Maiden names if applicable.
- The case or docket number for the divorce.
- The date of the divorce.
- The county where the divorce took place.
The courts do not use a formalized form to fill out so you can simply write your request and include the required information above. Since divorce records are considered public in New Mex-ico, there are no restrictions on who can obtain a copy.
Each county has different fees, and the clerk’s office will contact you to let you know how much your copy will cost. You must pay the fees in full before obtaining your divorce certifi-cate copy. If you show up in person, you can pay at that time and leave with your copy. If you choose to apply by mail, send along a stamped, self-addressed envelope along with your re-quest.
You may also use a service like VitalChek to do an online search and request a copy of your di-vorce certificate through them. They offer expedited services, and you can pay with a credit card. Additional fees may apply for expedited service.
The only other option is you can contact your original divorce attorney or that of your ex-spouse. They should have a copy on file, but if they do not, they can help you obtain one through the court system. There may be legal fees involved.