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County Clerk

The County Clerk serves ex-officio as recorder of their respective counties. The Clerk is the chief officer responsible for the administration of elections in the county. The Clerk has numerous duties associated with the Probate Court. As ex-officio clerk of the County Commission, the County Clerk is to attend sessions of the board, to keep the seals, and record of the proceedings, resolutions and the decisions on all questions concerning the raising of money. The clerk is to sign all orders issued by the board and is to keep and preserve and file all accounts and actions of the Board of County Commission.

Inspection of Public Records Act: IPRA requests may be completed online, sent via email to, or via U.S. Mail to the attention of the Records Custodian PO Box 48, Estancia, NM 87016. Forms can be found on the County Attorney page.

LEGAL ADVICE LIMITATION: Staff in this office MAY NOT fill out forms or offer such direction to the public. NM County Employees are prohibited from giving LEGAL ADVICE. Please contact a qualified licensed attorney for legal advice regarding the appropriate language, format, and/or process for matters handled by this office.

SEARCHES: Our office is not licensed or bonded to conduct detailed real estate searches. Please contact a local Abstract or Title Company. However, on request, our office will instruct persons on how to perform real estate title searches in our office. The Torrance County Clerk’s Office will not assume liability for searches conducted by others. There is no charge to search records on file in this office.

News & Notices

Torrance Coumty Precinct Locations and Addresses

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  • Due to the Coronavirus please be aware that you can mail documents to Torrance County Clerk P. O. Box 767, Estancia, N.M. 87016.  Please call us at 505-544-4350 and we will give you the fee to record your document.  Your document will be recorded, scanned and originals will be sent back to you with your receipt.    It will immediately become public record once recorded. 

Clerk's Calendar

Events for the Month of Jul 2022

Recording Requirements

You can mail your documents to:  Torrance County Clerk, P. O. Box 767, Estancia,  N.M. 87016.  Please call us at 505-544-4350 and we will give you the fee to record your document.  Your document will be recorded, scanned and originals will be sent back to you with your receipt.    It will immediately become public record once recorded. 

Real Estate Documents

All documents must have original signature, notary seal and date of notary expiration. Correct fee must accompany document or it will be returned unrecorded. Recording space of at least 2x3 for our recording information must be allowed.The only documents that do not require a notary are: Lis Pendens, Federal Tax Lien, release (IRS)

Marriage Licenses

To obtain a marriage license both parties must be present and be 18 years of age or older. Sufficient ID must be provided such as driver's license, birth certificate or passport to satisfy the identity and qualifications to receive a marriage license. Anyone under the age of 18 shall first receive the written consent of each of the minor's parents as shown on the minor's birth certificate or a judicial authorization by the district court upon request of a parent or legal guardian is presented to the county clerk. Fee for marriage license is $25.00

UCC's –Financing Statements

Only real estate filings will be recorded at Torrance County, all others will be filed at the secretary of state's office. All statements must be on correct standard page or a double fee shall be charged. Legal description must be on all documents. Book and page will be allowed. Correct fee must be included, if a shortage occurs, we will return document unrecorded. Any over payment shall be kept.

Business Registration 

We require a business registration if you are doing business in an unincorporated area of the County which is anything outside of a Municipality.    If your business is within a Municipality such as Encino, Estancia, Moriarty, Mountainair or Willard you would need to purchase your registration with that particular Municipality.  If your business is in the County’s unincorporated area you would purchase the registration with the Torrance County Clerk.  The fee for the registration is $35.00.  

The fee is pro-rated

July – September $35.00
October – December $26.50
January – March $17.50
April – June $8.75

To apply for business registration see below.

We require a New Mexico Tax ID number.  You can apply for it on line at  We also issue Tax ID numbers but they must be done in person.  

After the forms have been completed our Planning and Zoning Office needs to sign the form.  Planning and Zoning’s phone number is 505-544-4390 they can answer any question you may have about their requirements for your business.

A renewal will be sent to you on June 30 for the annual fee of $35.00 which will be due before July 30.  

Special Event Registration

We require a business registration for special events the fee is $8.75. Click here for special event form.

Probate (See Probate Judge Page)

If the deed is in joint tenants, no probate is needed, just record the death certificate. Probate fees must be included. An original or certified death certificate and a will, if available must be included. All documents recorded for purpose of probate will stay in the county file.

Faxing, and Mailing Copies

Any and all request must be in written form. We need a book and page along with the correct fees.


Torrance County Clerk
PO BOX 767
205 S Ninth Street
Estancia, NM 87016

Monday-Thursday 7:30am to 5:30pm MST


Phone number: 1-844-698-4616
Phone: (505) 544-4350
Fax:(505) 384-4080

Yvonne Otero
Torrance County Clerk (2021-2024)
(505) 544-4369

Sylvia Chavez
Deputy County Clerk
(505) 544-4363

Genell Morris
Administrative Assistant Clerk I
(505) 544-4365

Kevin Pham
Administrative Assistant Clerk II
(505) 544-4360

Valerie Smith
Administrative Assistant Clerk III
(505) 544-4368

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