New Mexico death records are kept by the Department of Heath Vital Records and Health Statistics Office. Information for a death which occurred during the last 50 years is restricted to certain people only. After 50 years, death records are freely available to the public. Ordering death records from a commercial website is another option, and this may be the quickest and most convenient way to get the information you are looking for.
The Vital Records and Health Statistics Office was created in 1919 to register New Mexico births and deaths. Before this time, these records were collected by several types of institutions in the state, including churches and county offices. Death records for events which occurred before 1919 may not be available from the Department of Health.
Restrictions on Ordering New Mexico Death Records
In NM, death records can only be ordered by the deceased’s immediate family or someone who has a tangible interest in the deceased’s estate. Immediate family includes the following people related to the deceased:
• Brother or sister
Fees for New Mexico Death Records
A search fee of $5.00 is charged for each certificate ordered. This amount is non-refundable and is charged whether a death record is retrieved or not.
Order a New Mexico Death Record in Person
You can order an NM death record in person by visiting the Department of Health Vital Records Office at:
1105 South St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Telephone: (505) 827-0121 or (866) 534-0051 (Toll free)
Order a New Mexico Death Certificate by Mail
The state accepts orders by mail. You will need to provide the following information for the record search:
Deceased’s full name
Date of death
City where death occurred
Deceased’s Social Security Number
Name of funeral home which took care of final arrangements
Your relationship to the deceased
Reason you are requesting the death record
Your mailing address
The fee to order a New Mexico death certificate by mail is $5.00 for each certified copy. Certified checks or money orders are accepted payment methods for mail orders. You would make them payable to “New Mexico Vital Records”. Do not send cash in the mail. Send your request for the death record to:
New Mexico Vital Records
PO Box 25767
Albuquerque, NM 87125
Order New Mexico Death Records Online
The state does not accept online orders for death records directly, but it has arranged with an independent company to process credit card orders. This independent service provider accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Orders made in this fashion are subject to an additional processing fee on top of the standard search fee charged for death record searches.
If you are interested in ordering New Mexico death records online, you can visit a website which specializes in offering this type of information. You would make your request and pay the required fee to access the record from an online database.