New Mexico death records, as with some other states are considered confidential and the privacy laws of the state restricts that information be released only to the deceased’s immediate family. If you are a member of the immediate family, you’ll need to prove it by furnishing copies of photo identification with the application for the requested record. A legal representative is also eligible to receive the death record, but you will still need to provide identification. And, keep in mind that if the death occurred over fifty years ago, the record is public. The fee for the search is $5, payable by check or money order. If you’re eligible to receive a copy of the death certificate, you’ll need to fill out a request application, enclose the fee and copies of your identification and send to:
New Mexico Dept. of Health
Vital Records of New Mexico
P.O. Box 26110
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502
Phone: (505) 827-0121
The request must include a number of items before the state can perform the search. Data such as the decedent’s full name, date and city of death, mortuary, your relationship to the person and why you want the certificate should be included. Also include the social security number of the decedent, if you have it. Your name and signature is also required.
There’s another way to cut through the red tape of requesting a death certificate from a state. Internet search services are private and have access to many databases and search engines that are much more powerful than a state’s. These services do charge a reasonable fee, but if they don’t find a record, you’re charged nothing. A state search fee is non-refundable. You may wait awhile to receive a New Mexico death record, whereas an Internet search is usually conducted within minutes of submitting the request. The private services can reference and cross-reference information, ensuring that the data you receive is accurate and up-to-date.
Obtaining a death record can be useful for legal matters such as property settlements, immigration issues and for genealogical data that can help with your family tree progression. By using a private, Internet search site, you won’t have to prove who you are or that you’re related to the decedent – and, you’re likely to receive more information about the record than you would from a state-based search. Legal professionals and genealogical researchers use these Internet sites on a daily basis, and usually maintain monthly memberships. You can use a site for a one-time search if you only expect that you’ll need it for one record. Find out how an Internet search site can help you search for New Mexico death records by clicking on the link.