Laws and Restrictions for Birth and Death Certificates
Birth and death certificates are restricted access records. State law restricts access to the registrant's immediate family members or those who represent tangible proof of legal interest in the requested record.
Immediate family means any of the following:
Maternal / paternal grandparent
Paternal grandparent is eligible if father is listed on the vital record
Note: Birth certificates become public records 100 years after the date of birth.
How to Obtain a Birth / Death Certificate
Records are available through the New Mexico Department of Health. Record requests may be submitted via U.S. Mail, in person in Santa Fe or Albuquerque, or online (extra charges apply).