Santa Fe, NM - As New Mexicans prepare for spring and summer vacation, many will find themselves needing a driver's license or passport in order to travel - both of which require a birth certificate to obtain.

There are multiple ways to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate. With 17 Vital Records offices across the state - from Farmington to Hobbs and Silver City to Clayton - trained professionals are ready to help you get the documents you need. You can also request a copy by mail, online or even over the phone.

To get your birth certificate, you'll need to provide several required documents to prove your identity and age, that are listed here.

Find out which method of getting your birth certificate is right for you:

  • Request in Person: Applicants may visit the Bureau of Vital Records & Health Statistics office in Santa Fe or the Midtown Public Health Office in Albuquerque. Vital Records are also provided at Public Health Offices in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Clayton, Clovis, Deming, Farmington, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Lovington, Portales, Raton, Roswell, Santa Rosa, Silver City and Tucumcari. Additional vital records locations are being added in the near future. Please check with these offices for days and times that they are open. Applicants must present the Birth Record Search Application form, a government issued photo ID, and a $10 fee. Cash, check or money order are accepted.
  • Request by Mail: Mail the Birth Record Search Application form, including all required information, a photocopy of your government issued photo ID, and a $10 fee. Average processing time for applications received by mail is 6-12 weeks. Check or money order are accepted.
  • Request Online or by Phone: VitalChek Express Certificate Service is an independent company authorized by New Mexico Vital Records to securely process certified vital records orders online or by phone using a credit card. Orders are processed on an expedited basis. Additional service and shipping fees apply.

Birth certificates are only issued to the applicant, immediate family members, or those who represent tangible proof of legal interest. Additionally, Vital Records only issues certificates for individuals born within the state of New Mexico.

For more information, visit the New Mexico Vital Records and Health Statistics website.

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