New Mexico Vital Records
- 1 New Mexico Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- 1.1 New Mexico Vital Records Online Links
- 1.2 Birth Records
- 1.3 Marriage Records
- 1.4 Death Records
- 1.5 Substitute Records
- 1.6 Tips
- 1.7 Analyzing Records
- 1.8 Archives, Libraries and Societies
- 1.9 Inventory of Vital Records
- 1.10 References
New Mexico Birth, Marriage and Death Records
New Mexico Vital Records Online Links
Introduction to Vital Records
Birth and Death Records
In 1907 each county in New Mexico was required to keep birth and death records. Records dating from the 1880s are available for a few counties. All of these records have been sent to the Vital Statistics Bureau (address below). To locate death records for the years 1899-1949, please visit the New Mexico Death Index online.
Statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1920 and was generally complied with by 1930. Delayed registrations of births are also available from 1935. You can obtain birth and death certificates by writing to:
Vital Statistics Bureau
New Mexico Health Services
1190 St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Internet: Bureau of Vital Records & Health Statistics
The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed in Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces Copies of this booklet are at the Family History Library and at many Family History Centers. You must have written authorization from the family in order to obtain a copy of a birth or death certificate. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records.
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Marriage records were usually kept from the date each county was organized. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office in the county where the marriage was performed.
Marriage records for Bernalillo, Chavez, Eddy, San Juan, Oterro, Quay, Roosevelt, and Curry counties for 1880 to 1920 have been published in Some Marriage Records of the State of New Mexico. 
Many of the marriages for the state are searchable online at no cost in the Western States Marriage Index.
Divorce records are available only from the clerk of the district court in the county where the decree was granted.
- Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
- If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial. A family Bible may have been used to records births, marriages and deaths.
- Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
- Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records. Search for New Mexico to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.
Archives, Libraries and Societies
New Mexico Societies
Inventory of Vital Records
You can learn more about the history and availability of vital records in Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in New Mexico. 
- Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces (Hyattsville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 1993; Family History Library book 973 V24wv)
- Some Marriage Records of the State of New Mexico, (ca. 1880-1920) 2 vols. (N.p.: New Mexico DAR, 1971-1973; FHL book 978.9 V25d; vol. 1 on film 908289 and vol. 2 on 908026 item 4).
- Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico: Historical Records Survey, 1942; Family History Library book 978.9 V2h; film 874077 item 7; fiche 6051288).