New Mexico Department of Health
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Adoption

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To amend a New Mexico Birth certificate after an adoption, the New Mexico state registrar must receive a certified Report of Adoption form together with a certified final decree of adoption. Both the report of adoption and the court order must be certified by the clerk of the court.

A certified document means that it bears the embossed (raised) seal of the clerk of the court or bears the stamped seal of the clerk of the court and original signature of the clerk of the court.

The report of adoption form must be completed in black ink and will not be accepted with alterations, cross outs or white out.

If an adopted child was born in a state other than New Mexico, certificate of adoption forms will be forwarded to that state of birth. No further action will be taken by the state of New Mexico.

NOTE: The fee for the amendment of the vital record is $10. The fee for a certified copy of the birth certificate is $10.


Foreign Born Adoption

If a child was born in a foreign country and was not a citizen of the United States at the time of birth and adopted by legal residents of the state of New Mexico, the state registrar must receive the following to establish a certificate of birth for that child.

The certified final decree of adoption of a foreign born child must provide the probable country of child’s birth, the date of birth, and must order the New Mexico state registrar to create a certificate of birth for the adopted child.

NOTE: The fee for the registration of the foreign born adoption is $10. The fee for a certified copy of the birth certificate is $10.