New Mexico Birth Records Search
New Mexico’s Department of Health is the government agency in charge of all New Mexico birth records.
New Mexico 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.
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You must also prove your identity when requesting a New Mexico birth record 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 New Mexico Birth Records
New Mexico 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.
New Mexico also offers services to amend birth records that are inaccurate and register delayed birth records as well.
New Mexico 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%.
New Mexico 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.
New Mexico was acquired along with Texas in 1845 and became a U.S. State in January of 1912.
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 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|
|Sandoval County - 10.31||San Juan County - 15.00|
|Bernalillo County - 11.19||Dona Ana County - 13.25|
|Dona Ana County - 13.25||Bernalillo County - 11.19|
|San Juan County - 15.00||Sandoval County - 10.31|
|Santa Fe County - 8.68|
New Mexico Fertility Rate
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 - 78.65, Dona Ana - 63.24 and Sandoval - 55.54. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:
|Santa Fe County||52.92|
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 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.