New Mexico Birth Records Search

New Mexico’s Department of Health is the government agency in charge of all New Mexico birth records.

NM birth records are subject to restricted access, and only the following people can get a copy of your birth certificate: you, if you are 18 or older, your parents, siblings, children, grandkids, your spouse or your grandparents.

You must also prove your identity when requesting a New Mexico birth records search. You can use one of the following: valid, government-issued driver’s license, government ID, valid passport, school, military ID and a visa I-94

If you cannot supply one of the above, you must provide two of the following types of ID:

  • Social security card.
  • Marriage application.
  • School records.
  • Voter registration card.
  • Baptismal records.
  • Tribal ID.
  • Tax form.
  • Medical records.

If you are requesting a birth record that is not your own, you must prove your relationship to the person on record.

You must also provide a reason for the request, date and sign your application before submitting.

Types of NM Birth Records

The State offers only one type of birth record, and that is a certified copy. Certified copies are legal documents that prove your identity when you want to get a driver’s license, passport or apply for school, the military or to government positions.

The State also offers services to amend New Mexico Public birth records that are inaccurate and register delayed birth records as well.

State Population

Located in the Deep South, New Mexico has approximately 2.09 million people living there. Ranked 30th in the country, it has an annual growth rate of 0.64%.

It is very large with 121,589 square miles of desert, mountains, and forests. There are only 17 people per square mile making them the 45th most densely populated state in the U.S. Bernalillo County accounts for more than one-third of all the residents, despite being one of the tiniest areas in the state.

The area was acquired along with Texas in 1845 and became a U.S. State in January of 1912.

State Population
1 birth every 1278 seconds

1 death every 1917 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in New Mexico. The total population of New Mexico is estimated at 2,085,432 people with 1,032,713 male and 1,052,719 female. There are 20,006 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.48% of the total population.

The New Mexico Gender Ratio is 98 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.98. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

New Mexico Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 11.82 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 24,692 total births — the lowest in New Mexico history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 24,692, 0.63% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than New Mexico

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than New Mexico Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than New Mexico
Rhode Island - 9.04District Of Columbia - 14.47
Vermont - 9.35Alabama - 12.25
New York - 11.15Kentucky - 13.09
Montana - 11.45Wyoming - 12.61
Michigan - 11.30Louisiana - 13.78

Top 5 Counties in New Mexico with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in New Mexico with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in New Mexico with the highest birth rate
Santa Fe County - 8.68San Juan County - 15.00
Sandoval County - 10.31Dona Ana County - 13.25
Bernalillo County - 11.19Bernalillo County - 11.19
Dona Ana County - 13.25Sandoval County - 10.31
San Juan County - 15.00Santa Fe County - 8.68

Fertility Rate in NM

In New Mexico the fertility rate based on historical data went from 69.56 to 62.63 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 62.67 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 26.40 to 27.64.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of New Mexico are San Juan County - 78.65, Dona Ana County - 63.24 and Bernalillo County - 55.87. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Sandoval County55.54
Santa Fe County52.92

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a New Mexico Birth Certificate

You may request a New Mexico birth record search and certificate through the mail, but it will take 6-12 weeks for processing. The fee for each certified copy is $10. All payments are non-refundable.

Mail your completed application, proof of identity and fee to: New Mexico Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, PO Box 25767, Albuquerque, NM 87125

Some Public Health offices can issue birth certificates while you wait, but you will have to contact the town to be sure they can offer you this service.

You may also order conduct New Mexico birth records search online or by phone using the VitalChek system. You have two options, 3-5 days processing with Next Day Air delivery for $44.50 or 3-5 days processing with U.S. postal service delivery for $26.00. You may contact VitalChek at 877-284-0963.

New Mexico Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $10.00
Organization: New Mexico Vital Records
Address:P.O. Box 25767, Albuquerque, NM 87125
Remarks: State office has records since 1920 and delayed records since 1880. Personal check or money order should be made payable to NM Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is 1-866-534-0051. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at New Mexico Department of Health website..