New Mexico Public Records
You can search New Mexico public records without incurring a great deal of cost. No mandated response deadlines, fee exemptions, administrative appeals procedures, or citizenship requirements are in place in New Mexico.
The Attorney General has determined that costs must not exceed the actual cost of copying and that search fees are not permissible in the state.
Under the Inspection of Public Records Act, or IPRA, you may file a legal complaint if you're denied public record access to available records. New Mexico follows the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for records retrieval.
In New Mexico, you don't have to be a citizen or pay search fees. Charges are limited to copying files.
How to Find New Mexico Public Records
To locate New Mexico public records, you need to narrow down what you're seeking and visit the appropriate state agency online. Public records in New Mexico cover an extensive file system that includes commonly requested information such as vital records (e.g., birth and marriage certificates), criminal records, court filings, sex offender registrations, property records, driving histories, and vehicle information.
Are New Mexico Public Records Available Online?
You can easily access most public records for New Mexico online, so finding them just requires knowing what agency to access on the Internet. For vital records information, you must visit the state's Department of Health website for birth and death certificates.
For divorce and marriage certificates, you need to go through another process. You can obtain marriage certificates from the county clerk where the license was issued. For instance, if you were married in Santa Fe county, you'd visit the county clerk's site for Santa Fe online.
Divorce decrees may be obtained in the district court where the divorce was filed. You can get further information about divorce information at this link.
You can obtain criminal histories and background checks through the state’s Department of Public Safety.
Jail and inmate information can be accessed through the Corrections Department.
If you're seeking property information, you need to access the link to the assessor for the county where the property resides. For example, if you wanted to find out the fair market value of a property in Lincoln County, you'd click on the assessor’s office for that county.
Maybe you want to conduct a property record search for San Juan county. If so, you'd visit the Assessor's site for San Juan, which features a property database portal.
What Records are Available in New Mexico?
You have access to an extensive range of public records in New Mexico. You can obtain information that includes births, deaths, marriages, and divorces through the vital records on the Department of Health website, as well as court records and criminal histories.
If you're seeking offender information, you can find out more details online through the state's Corrections Department. You can also find information on properties, including unclaimed assets, through the Department of Taxation and Revenue.
What Records Are Non-Public in New Mexico?
Some records are exempt from public viewing in New Mexico. The most common of these records include medical records (including mental health files) and law enforcement records covering ongoing criminal investigations or cases where the arrestee was not charged with a crime.
Trade secrets are excluded, as are juvenile criminal records (which are sealed) and expunged records. Both sealed and expunged records are not available for public inspection.
Types of Public Records Available in New Mexico
Records commonly searched in New Mexico are described on the following list.
New Mexico Vital Statistics
As noted, you can get birth and death certificate information on New Mexico's DOH website or the Department of Health itself. If you wish to obtain a marriage or death certificate, you need to visit the county clerk's website for that county.
New Mexico Public Criminal Records
You can look up court cases by visiting the New Mexico Courts website and accessing the Case Lookup portal.
You may also gain public access to a court's electronic records through the PACER database for the New Mexico District Court.
Police Departments and Sheriffe Office in New Mexico :
Arrest Records and Warrants
The Corrections Department provides state arrest information, warrant details, and has an offender lookup tool to find arrestees and offenders. For information, you can also check the sheriff's department or police agency where the arrest occurred.
Inmate and Jail Records
You can find inmate and jail records through the Corrections Department in New Mexico.
Jails and Prisons in New Mexico :
New Mexico Background Checks
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety is the go-to fingerprinting and background checks website.
A "Ban the Box" law is in effect in New Mexico, making it illegal for public sector employees to ask applicants about their criminal records. The Criminal Offender Employment Act, a new law, was approved on April 3, 2019.
Private employers cannot inquire about an applicant's arrests or convictions before "a review of the applicant's application and upon discussion of employment with the applicant," according to the law.
In New Mexico, conducting criminal background checks on prospective workers, subcontractors, and volunteers is still encouraged. According to the measure, a criminal record is a valid reason to refuse employment. Nevertheless, the law helps ensure that an employer does not deny employment until a candidate is thoroughly vetted for a position.
On April 3, 2019, the Criminal Record Expungement Act was also approved. It allows residents of New Mexico to have particular arrest and conviction records erased. To do this, the person must submit a petition to the court.
The record(s) in question may be sealed if a request is granted. An employer cannot evaluate or consider a criminal record after it has been sealed. Exceptions can be made for some occupations, including those in law enforcement or medicine.
Landlords may not run a background check unless they receive the applicant's written consent.
How to Find Sex Offenders in New Mexico
You can obtain direct access to the sex offender registry in New Mexico through the state’s Department of Public Safety website.
New Mexico Public Vital Records
To access birth and death certificate info directly, you need to go to the Department of Health (DOH) website.
You'll have to go to the county clerk for marriage license information or the court where a divorce decree was issued to access marriage and divorce details.
New Mexico Court Records
You can gain direct access by visiting NewMexicoCourts.gov to obtain New Mexico court records. The site allows you to look up specific courts or court cases.
State Court System in New Mexico
The state court system in New Mexico includes the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Court system, Probate branch, Small Claims Court, and the Municipal and Magistrate branches.
Courts in New Mexico :
You can conveniently access individual driving records through the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) in New Mexico. To access the record, you'll need a credit card number (to pay the record fee), your date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number. You'll also need your 9-digit driver's license number and a confirmation email address.
You can obtain a non-certified or certified copy of the record. Some employers or insurers may not accept the non-certified version of the history. Instead of going online, you can also obtain the record by calling (888) 683-4636.
For every moving violation you receive, you also receive demerits, or points, on your driver's license. Receiving 12 points within a year leads to a driver's license suspension. The points you receive remain a permanent part of your driving record. Drivers who build up six or more points within three years are subject to a minimum $150.00 fine.
The points remain a permanent part of your driving record. However, you can reduce your accumulated points by enrolling in a safety program or maintaining a safe driving record for at least one year.
New Mexico License Plate Lookup
You can find out information about license plate purchases and registration on the DMV website.
New Mexico Property and Asset Records
You can obtain direct access to New Mexico property records at the county assessor’s office where the property is located. Property records may include liens, titles, property deeds, mortgage information, and property tax assessments. The Department of Taxation and Revenue provides property tax information.
The Department of Taxation and Revenue also provides information on unclaimed assets.
Important Government Agencies in New Mexico
Some of the important governmental agencies in New Mexico can be accessed at the following links:
- New Mexico State Governor
- Secretary of State
- New Mexico Legislature
- New Mexico Courts
- New Mexico Department of Health
- New Mexico State Police
- New Mexico State Treasurer’s Office
Counties in New Mexico
List of Content
- How to Find New Mexico Public Records
- Are New Mexico Public Records Available Online?
- What Records are Available in New Mexico?
- What Records Are Non-Public in New Mexico?
- Types of Public Records Available in New Mexico
- New Mexico Public Vital Records
- New Mexico Court Records
- State Court System in New Mexico
- Driving Records
- New Mexico License Plate Lookup
- New Mexico Property and Asset Records
- Important Government Agencies in New Mexico