New Mexico, with 33 counties, is the fifth largest state in the United States at 121,590 sq. miles. Conversely, it is the fifth least densely populated state with a population of approximately 2,000.000. New Mexico is one of the “four corner states” sharing its northwest corner with Arizona, Colorado and Utah. It is bordered on the west by Arizona, on the north by Colorado, on the east by a small portion of Oklahoma, and on the remaining east side and the eastern two-thirds of the south side by Texas. The country of Mexico borders the remaining western third of New Mexico on the south.
Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is the oldest state capital city in the United States, and is well known for its multi-cultural character. Albuquerque, with a population of approximately 600,000, is the largest city in New Mexico. It is located in the north central area of New Mexico and has one of the highest elevations of any major city in the U.S. 
The landscape of New Mexico ranges from rose-colored deserts, spectacular mesas and high snow-covered peaks. Even though New Mexico has an image of being an arid state, a significant portion of the state, especially the north, is heavily forested mountain wilderness. Millions of acres of New Mexico is protected by the U.S. government as national forests or park land. The average precipitation rate in New Mexico is 13.9 inches a year. New Mexico’s annual average temperatures can range from 64⁰ F in the southeast to below 40⁰ F in the northern mountains. Daytime temperatures, in the summer can exceed 100⁰ F at elevations below 5,000 feet. The highest temperature recorded in New Mexico was 122⁰ F on June 27, 1994. Some of the New Mexico cities can have low temperatures in the teens.
New Mexico was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years before European exploration. The Spanish colonized the area in 1598. Given its history, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic and Latino Americans at 47%, and the second largest percentage of Native Americans (after Alaska). There are three federally-protected Native American tribes; Navajo, Pueblo and Apache in New Mexico. Tourists frequently visit the native pueblos of New Mexico including the many national parks.
On January 6, 1912, New Mexico was admitted to the Union as the 47th state. A major oil discovery in 1928 brought prosperity to the state. Today, oil drilling, mineral extraction, and cattle ranching are the major contributors to New Mexico’s economy including federal government spending. Much of the government spending relates to the three military bases and federal research laboratories. 
If you have research needs for New Mexico public records, please check out our list below for available records. The records are classified into seven categories including Property Records, Vital Records, Community Health and Safety Records, Licensing and Permits, Criminal and Court Records, Jobs and Employment, and Codes, Regulations and Other Records.
|2,081,015 (2016 est.)
|121,699 sq. mi
|Primary languages spoken
|English – 69.7% / Spanish – 28.5%
|Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich
|U.S. House Delegation
|1 Republican, 2 Democrats
|Mountain: UTC -7/-6
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There are two types of public records; 1) personal public records that document major life milestones such as birth certificates, death certificates, divorce records, and marriage records, etc.; and 2) government records that are made public such as property tax records, recorded land records, voter records, crime data, jail inmate records, and court records.  The Freedom of Information Act is a national law that releases government agency public records and makes it possible to view most public records. New Mexico’s Public Records Act states that: "Citizens in a democracy have a fundamental right to have access to public records. This right is recognized by the New Mexico Legislature through the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, NMSA 1978, §§ 14-2-1 et seq. (“IPRA”), and by the New Mexico Supreme Court, which stated in 1977 that a citizen’s right to know is the rule and secrecy is the exception…".
Since there are a multitude of records available, it can be difficult to know how or where to access them. When you are ready to start your search, you’ll find our Public Records Directory website easy to use since all of the records can be searched by federal, state, county, city, town or type of record. The links provided will connect you to the best website for the record search, provide details about the record, or provide contact information for those records without search capabilities.
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Fast access to New Mexico public record sources at the state level.
Additional New Mexico public records links can be found on our New Mexico county and city level pages using the navigation links above.
- New Mexico Land Records and Deeds Directory
- New Mexico Foreclosures and Tax Lien Sales Directory
- New Mexico Assessor and Property Tax Records Directory
- New Mexico GIS and Mapping Directory
- New Mexico Genealogy Records Directory
- New Mexico Birth Records Directory
- New Mexico Death Records Directory
- New Mexico Marriage Records Directory
- New Mexico Divorce Records Directory
Community Health & Safety
- New Mexico Sustainability and Environmental Health Directory
- New Mexico Traffic Cameras and Reports Directory
- New Mexico Crimes and Crime Data Directory
Jobs & Employment
Criminal and Court Records
- New Mexico Warrants Directory
- New Mexico Jail and Inmate Records Directory
- New Mexico Sex Offender Registration Directory
Licensing and Permits
- New Mexico Business Licenses Directory
- New Mexico Contractor Licenses Directory
- New Mexico Professional Licenses Directory
- New Mexico Bar Associations Directory
- New Mexico Permits and Inspections Directory
Codes, Regulations, & Other
Other New Mexico Public Records
Although most states provide similar types of public records, each state will have records specific to its location or form of government. New Mexico provides online access to its State Records Center and Archives. The New Mexico Commission of Public Records preserves, protects and facilitates access to public records held in trust for the people of New Mexico. Using the website you can review all adopted rules by the State of New Mexico, search New Mexico Administrative Code, search historical records, historical people, places and stories including tracing your genealogy.
If you attend an athletic event in New Mexico, make sure that you control your emotions so that you don’t get charged with a misdemeanor! New Mexico Statutes Chapter 30-20-18. Interference with Athletic Event, reads: Interference with athletic event consists of intentionally throwing any object on or across the field of play of an athletic event with the intent to interfere with the normal conduct of that event while the contestants of that event are on that field. As used in this section, “athletic event” means a scheduled sports event for which an admission fee is charged to the public. Any person other than an official or a contestant of an athletic event who commits interference with an athletic event is guilty of a petty misdemeanor. 
|State of New Mexico Home Page
|Bids and Requests for Proposals.
View New Mexico bids and Requests for Proposals by due date and title.
|Census Information Summary
New Mexico statistics for population, ethnicity, housing, geography and businesses. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
Search the New Mexico Attorney General's registry of charitable organizations. Search by charity name, city, or zip code.
|Clandestine Drug Laboratory Register
Database contains addresses of some locations in New Mexico where law enforcement agencies reported they found chemicals or other items that indicated the presence of either clandestine drug laboratories or dumpsites.
Search New Mexico corporation records by entity name or valid Nmscc number.
|Court Records and other Resources
Links to state and local court records, general New Mexico court information, directory of courts, and online resources for courts in New Mexico.
|DEA Most Wanted
View listings and photos of the most wanted persons of the Drug Enforcement Administration, El Paso Field Division. This office handles New Mexico and West Texas.
|Employment Background Check Laws
New Mexico employers who hire New Mexico residents to work in the state of New Mexico: abide by the federal FCRA and the following state law.
|Engineers and Surveyors Search
Search New Mexico professional engineers and professional surveyors licenses by profession type of license, status of license, license number or name.
View New Mexico environmental maps including groundwater, hazardous waste facilities, active landfills, topographic maps, and more.
View New Mexico environmental programs such as air quality, drinking water, ground water, and more.
|Food Safety Programs
View New Mexico food safety programs such as recalls, permits, regulations, recalls, and more.
View New Mexico mortgage foreclosure prevention information.
Search New Mexico statewide inmate records through Vinelink by offender ID or name.
Search New Mexico legislative bills by number, keyword, sponsor or subject.
|Meeting Agendas and Meeting Videos
View New Mexico legislative meeting agendas and meeting videos by date.
Search the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website by name, city, date range or physical description.
Search New Mexico missing persons by name, city or statewide.
|Most Wanted Persons
View New Mexico Corrections Department most wanted persons by name including photo, age, physical description and charges.
Search obituary records by name of deceased, publication date or obituary text.
Search the New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners records of licensed physicians by name or license number.
|Professional License Online Renewals
Renew an existing New Mexico professional license, submit name or address changes, or request a duplicate license online by license number or registration code.
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|Public Education Resources
View New Mexico information about school programs, school facts, school district policies and school district websites.
Search New Mexico State Archive historical records by keyword, title, collection number, type of material, subject name, or date range.
View New Mexico information about delinquent tax sales and view upcoming county sale dates.
|Western States Marriage Search
Search Western States Marriage Database for marriage records ranging from the pre 1900s to the 1930s by groom name, bride name, and state and county.