New Mexico Public Records

The New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, New Mexico Statutes Annotated Chpt. 14, art. 2 (1978) is the law that allows people to inspect New Mexico’s public records. Under the law, every person has the right to inspect public records unless those laws are exempted by the statute. Exempt public records include those pertaining to physical or mental health examinations and medical treatments of persons confined to an institution; letters of reference for employment, licensing, or permits; letters or memorandums in personnel or student files; law enforcement records that reveal information about people not charged with a crime; material that falls under the Confidential Materials Act; trade secrets, attorney-client privileged information; tactical response plans; or other exceptions found in the law. Even if a record contains protected personal identifier information, the record may still be inspected as long as the personal information is redacted.

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Public & Vital Records for Counties in New Mexico

More About New Mexico

New Mexico is located in the southwestern part of the United States. It shares a border with Mexico. It is the 36th most populated state, but the fifth largest of all the states. The New Mexican economy is dependent on oil drilling, mineral extraction, farming, ranching, lumber milling, and retail trade. It is a very sparsely populated state. New Mexico has a significant military population, especially around the White Sands Military Base, which can lead to a lot of transitions in the population. As a result, we suggest you look in other states, as well, if you are running a background check on someone in New Mexico.


NM Vital Records

The New Mexico Department of Health provides vital statistics for the state of New Mexico. They have birth, death, adoption, putative father registries, and health data.

Birth Records

You can find birth record applications on the website for the New Mexico Department of Health. You have to establish your relationship to the person whose record you are seeking; they are not available to everyone.

Death Records

Death records are available from the New Mexico Department of Health’s Vital Statistics. You must establish a relationship with the person named in the certificate, and false applications are a crime.

Marriage Records

New Mexico’s Department of Health does not maintain marriage records. You must go to the county clerk’s office in the county in which the marriage license was issued.

Divorce Records

The county clerk in the county where the divorce was performed handles divorce records in New Mexico.

Learn About Criminal Records in Other States


Learn about New Mexico criminal records, NM Property Records, or read about public records in another state from the list below: