The New Mexico State Records website provides every New Mexico resident with the tools needed to access public records in a simple and straightforward manner. This helps to ensure New Mexicans are able to use their right to access and obtain public records in accordance with the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. This law presumes all government information and records are available to the public.
The goal of this website is to provide access to public records in an expedient and concise manner and without requiring personal information unless the requested information is designated as confidential by law or court decision.
New Mexico State Records contain information about arrest records, court records, vital records, and over 20 million candid public records.
The majority of New Mexico records concerning government activities are public. The New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act provides for every person’s right to inspect public records. This right includes making copies of the record and receiving deliveries. It also extends to all government records except those that are exempted by law or pursuant to an authority recognized by law. Public records may include documents, papers, letters, books, maps, tapes, photographs, and other materials.
Records that are generally public in New Mexico include:
New Mexico state law allows every person to find public records by sending a written request to the record custodian. The right extends to both the inspection of records and obtaining copies of the records. In most instances, residents who wish to obtain public records in New Mexico can achieve this by doing the following.
Public city records may also be accessible from third-party websites. These non-government platforms come with intuitive tools that allow for expansive searches. Record seekers may either opt to use these tools to search for a specific record or multiple records. However, users will need to provide enough information to assist with the search such as:
Third-party sites are not sponsored by government agencies. Because of this, record availability and results may vary.
Public records can also be accessed from third-party websites. These third-party public records aggregate websites offer search services that are non-geographically limited, making the search result expansive and typically straightforward. However, users will need to provide enough information to assist with the search, such as:
Third-party public records search websites are not government-sponsored services. Therefore, the availability and accuracy of results can vary.
Every person can look up public records in New Mexico for free. However, this depends on the request, the record, and the custodian of the record. Any record request that requires expenses to comply with, such as making copies and deliveries, requires fees. Other requests that do not require any expenses may be without any fee. This is often the case if the requester only wishes to inspect the record. Some record custodians provide terminals or lobbies to allow requesters to inspect free public records in New Mexico. A requester can use this during business hours for free.
Courthouses offer public access to free New Mexico court records by accepting visits to the courthouse during business hours. Other records that a requester may also inspect for free are sex offender information, bankruptcy records, and arrest records. Receiving electronic copies of records may also be for free. However, New Mexico state law does not compel a requester to make electronic records to satisfy a request. The custodian is only obliged to provide a copy of a record in its maintained form.
New Mexico public records date back to the year 1621, and come from all 33 counties in New Mexico. Online public records through governmental and third-party websites have become increasingly available due to the standardization of public record digitization, a process that began in the late 80s. This ensures New Mexico abides by the commitment of the United States of America to remain a fair and just society for all.