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Bernalillo County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Bernalillo County Arrest Records?

Bernalillo County arrest records are the official summary of people's apprehension and detention history within the county. Law enforcement agents generate Bernalillo County arrest records, following suspicion or observation that an individual participated in criminal activity within the county. However, they do not conclusively prove the arrestee’s involvement in the alleged crime. Bernalillo County arrest records merely suggest that the arrestee was detained and questioned for investigation’s sake. Bernalillo County arrest records may contain the arrestee's personal information like their name, date of birth, race, and fingerprint. It may also include the date and venue of the arrest, the arresting officer’s name, the detention center’s address, and the case’s status. Bernalillo County arrest records may also form part of an individual's criminal records.

Crime Statistics

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety collects and analyzes crime data from all the law enforcement agencies. Its annual crime report for data collected from all law enforcement bodies in Bernalillo County for 2017 reported a total of 27,821 crimes, a 45% jump compared to the overall crime figure for 2014. The 2017 crime report shows 35 criminal homicides, 281 forcible rapes, 1,552 robberies, and 3,489 assaults. Property crime incidents in the county include 3,876 burglaries, 14,543 larceny-thefts, and 4,045 motor vehicle thefts. Compared to 2014 figures, homicide (191.7%), rape (28.5%), robbery (148.7%), and assault (29.5%) rates went up. Similarly, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft experienced24.3%, 34.8%, and 131.1% hikes, respectively.

What are Bernalillo County Criminal Records?

Bernalillo County criminal records contain data about the illegal activity of an individual within the county. These records summarize the subject’s offenses, arrest history, indictments, conviction, and incarceration details (if any). The information contained in the records is from law enforcement offices, courts, and correctional facilities. Bernalillo criminal record may consist of the full name and aliases (if any) of the subjects, their date of birth, race or ethnicity, and fingerprints. An individual's previous and current indictments and conviction information may also be part of the criminal records. Bernalillo County’s criminal records may also contain people's arrest records.

How Do I Get Bernalillo County Criminal Records?

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety conducts background checks for the state. People can obtain their criminal records by submitting an authorization to release information to the Department of Public Safety. Third parties cannot access full criminal records except for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

To obtain a criminal history report, applicants can submit a request in person or by mail to the:

The Department of Public Safety
P.O. Box 1628
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1628

Requesters must provide their name, Social Security Number, and birth date in their request. They must also ensure that a Notary Public notarizes the application. Background checks cost $15.

How to Find Bernalillo County Sex Offender Information

The New Mexico Sheriff’s Department registers sex offenders living in their counties and transfers this information to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety collates sex offender information into a database that is publicly accessible online. People can visit the state’s Sex Offender Registry to search for sex offenders by name, zip code, street address, email address, and phone number. People can also view a complete list of incarcerated sex offenders and also find information about non-compliant ones. The Sex Offender Registry is open to the public.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Bernalillo County Jail?

People who wish to visit inmates in Bernalillo County must go to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center at:

Deputy Dean Miera Drive SW
Albuquerque, NM 87151.

Inmates are allowed one visit per day. All visitors have to be 18 years or older and must show a valid ID to gain entry. Minors unaccompanied by parents or legal guardians may not receive permission to visit. Visitors must schedule visits a day before the preferred date and arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time. They may also have to show valid photo I.D to gain access to the facility. Video visitation is also available. People can call (505) 839-8700 for more information on visiting inmates at the county jail.

Where and How to Find Bernalillo County Inmate Information

The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) is the primary correctional facility in Bernalillo County, and it publishes a regularly updated Custody List online. Requesters can use this list to find individuals currently incarcerated in Bernalillo County. The custody list contains information on inmates at the primary correctional facility and satellite facilities.

For more information on how to locate inmates in Bernalillo County, people can call (505) 839-8700 or send an email.

What are Bernalillo County Court Records?

Bernalillo County court records contain documentation of court proceedings within the county. Requesters can view daily and weekly civil and criminal docket reports on the Docket page of the website of New Mexico Courts. To find case documents, applicants can use the search functions of the Case Lookup portal. They can also visit the Viewing Room at the Metropolitan Courthouse to view or request copies of public records.

Alternatively, individuals can request court records by email. The fee for paper copies of court records is 50 cents per page. Electronic documents attract a charge of $1 per page. There is an additional 50 cents per page for certified copies, while requesters have to pay $5 per CD of audio recordings of court hearings. People can also obtain Bernalillo court records by contacting the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court at Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque. Requesters can obtain Bernalillo County Probate Court records online. Requesters can also get them by visiting the court, sending an email, or calling (505) 468-1229.

Location of All Courts in Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County 2nd Judicial District Court
Bernalillo County Courthouse
Lomas Blvd NW
P.O. Box 488
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Phone: (505) 841-8400

Bernalillo County Children's Court, 2nd Judicial District
John E. Brown Juvenile Justice Center
Second Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 841-5906

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court
Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse
Lomas Blvd NW
P.O. Box 133
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Phone: (505) 841-8151
Fax: (505) 222-4831

Bernalillo County Probate Court
One Civic Plaza NW
6th Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: (505) 468-1234
Fax: (505) 468-1298

Los Ranchos Municipal Court
Rio Grande Blvd NW
Los Ranchos, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 344-6582
Fax: (505) 344-8978

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What are Bernalillo County Vital Records?

Bernalillo County records some of the critical events that take place within the county, including birth, marriage, divorce, and death records. These vital records are restricted to specified persons. The New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act permits only people who have a direct or tangible interest and can prove legal rights to access its vital records. Permitted persons include:

  • The registrant’s parents
  • The siblings to the record’s subject
  • The registrant’s grandchildren
  • Current spouse of individuals named on the records
  • Grandparents of the registrant (However, a paternal grandparent is not eligible if the father of the registrant is not on the record)

Requesters of Bernalillo’s vital records may have to present documents that prove a familial relationship with the registrant and a valid government-issued I.D.

Where and How to Get Bernalillo County Divorce Records

Bernalillo County divorce records are not public information. Requesters may have to prove they have a direct or tangible interest in obtaining the records. Divorce records for Bernalillo County are available from the Second Judicial District Court located at:

Lomas Blvd NW
Room 119
1st Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: (505) 841-6702

The office opens between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. Anyone who wishes to obtain Bernalillo divorce records may have to pay prescribed fees. They may also have to present their valid government-issued I. D.

Where and How to Get Bernalillo County Marriage Records

Bernalillo County’s marriage records are not public information. Thus, only eligible individuals can have access to them. People who want to find marriage records in the county can direct their requests to the County Clerk of Bernalillo County. The office of the county clerk is at One Civic Plaza NW, 6th Floor, Albuquerque. Applicants may be required to pay specified fees to cover the cost of copying the records. Requesters can also use the Document Search tool on the Clerk’s Office website to find marriage records.

Where and How to Get Bernalillo County Birth Records

The New Mexico Department of Health issues birth and death certificates for residents of all the counties in the state. To obtain birth records, requesters may have to download and complete a Birth Certificate Request Form (also available in Spanish) and mail this application to the:

New Mexico Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
P.O. Box 25767
Albuquerque, NM 87125

The fee for a birth certificate is $10. Amendment to a birth certificate costs $10. Applicants may have to include a check or money order, payable to New Mexico Vital Records, for these fees in a mail request. Requesters can also bring their applications to the Midtown Public Health Office located in Bernalillo County at:

Wellesley Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 841-4100
Phone: (866) 534-0051
Fax: (505) 841-4153

The office issues birth certificates between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m on weekdays.

Where and How to Get Bernalillo County Death Records

The New Mexico Department of Health maintains and issues death certificates for Bernalillo County. Only eligible persons have access to Bernalillo County death records. To obtain death records of Bernalillo County, eligible requesters can submit a duly completed Death Certificate Request Form to the :

New Mexico Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
P.O. Box 25767
Albuquerque, NM 87125

A certified copy of a death certificate costs $5, while an amendment to a death certificate costs $10. Applicants may have to include a check or money order, payable to New Mexico Vital Records, to cover the fees for obtaining the death record. People can also send their applications for death records to the Midtown Public Health Office at:

Wellesley Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 841-4100
Phone: (866) 534-0051
Fax: (505) 841-4153

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Bernalillo County?

Bernalillo County property records are open to members of the public according to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. The law allows people to inspect and observe government information.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County property records are under the purview of the Bernalillo County Clerk. The Clerk provides public access to official copies of these documents online, via phone, mail, email, or in person. In-person requests can be made by visiting the office at:

One Civic Plaza
6th Floor
Room 6029
Albuquerque, NM 87102

How to Look Up Bernalillo County Property Records

The Bernalillo County Property Assessor allows members of the public to search property records online. Record seekers can search for records by parcel address, owner's name, tax roll, parcel ID, and tax year. For the best results, the searcher should omit the address suffix. One can also search for multiple parcels by inputting the asterisk sign (*) in the search box.

The Bernalillo County Clerk also maintains an online repository for public records where people can search property records. The general public can click the Public Login icon to search for property records without images. Anyone who wants to search for documents that contain images will need to register an account.

Location of Bernalillo County Property Assessors

Bernalillo County Assessor
501 Tijeras NW
1st Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: (505) 222-3700