Releasing the Cremated Remains

The cremated remains may be released provided that cost of cremation has been reimbursed, in full to Otero County (NMSA 1978 §24-13-5), no later than two years (NMSA 1978 §24-13-1) from the time of cremation: remains will be held by the current contracted crematory during this time.

Reimbursement Payment

Payment to the county can be reimbursed as soon as services have been provided.

All reimbursement to the county for cremation and burial services must be paid in full. We currently do not allow small payment installments. Payment must be in the form of Cashier's Check or Money Order. You may submit payment directly to this office or mail reimbursements payments to: 

Healthcare Services Department

Otero County Administration Office

1101 New York Ave, Rm. 220

Alamogordo, NM 88310


Be sure to include your name and contact information and the name of the decedent when mailing a reimbursement payment. We will mail you a receipt of payment and release form with further instructions to obtain the cremated remains of a decedent.