On the left side of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS) website (http://www.dps.nm.org/), you can find the links to criminal history records, missing persons registry, and sex offender registry. The criminal history records webpage shows the Department's services and their corresponding fees:
The arrest record data of criminals apprehended in New Mexico for felonies, misdemeanors, and drunk driving are submitted by arresting agencies and kept by the New Mexico State Central Repository for Criminal History. The information on the criminal history records are based on updates in this particular State Repository.
Under the NMDPS, a criminal records check on sex offenders on the state can be accessed. The website, http://www.nmsexoffender.dps.state.nm.us/, provides records of the location of sex offenders in New Mexico. Included in the registry are sex offenders who were convicted on or before July 1, 1995, or those convicted before that date but were imprisoned or on parole as of that date. However, it is important to know that the information, especially the address and status of the offender, are subject to frequent change. It should also be emphasized that no one can be 100% sure that the person identified in the criminal record search is really the person in question, unless the fingerprint comparison matches.
On the left side of the website of the Sex Offenders Registry, you can search either by name, zip code, city, country, street, entire state, absconders, or incarcerated. Once you enter a keyword in one of these links, a list of results that are related with your keyword will display. You can browse the list and click on the offender's name for detailed information. You will be directed to a page which contains the identifiers of the sex offender such as date of birth, sex, age, height, weight, race, hair color, eye color, aliases, and description of scars, marks, and tattoos (if any). A picture and the date when it was taken can also be viewed in the webpage. The crime that the offender was charged with, along with the date and place of conviction, is also included in the record. Unlike the home address, the work address of the offender cannot be released to the public. Moreover, the addresses of the sex offenders in the absconders list are not available.
On the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) website (http://corrections.state.nm.us/), a list of the most wanted criminals and escapees are also available for public access. The link on Offender Information will take you to a search engine where the last name, first name, or NMCD number of the criminal is entered. The search results will show the name, date of birth, location, supervision, offense, and picture of the offender.
In order to access New Mexico background checks and criminal records, follow the steps and instructions below:
Download the New Mexico Authorization for Release of Information form.
Fill out the request form and write "self" in the space that asks for the name of requester. Once complete, it must be notarized.
Mail the notarized form, along with a certified check or money order for $12, to the New Mexico Department of Safety.
For additional information, feel free to contact the New Mexico Department of Safety through the following contact details:
New Mexico Department of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety
PO Box 1628
Santa Fe, NM 87504
New Mexico arrest records are available to law enforcement agencies, as well as the general public through the New Mexico Corrections Department. To facilitate the retrieval of New Mexico arrest records, the Corrections Department has made them available online.
To search the database for New Mexico arrest records, follow these steps:
Visit the New Mexico Corrections Department's website and go to the page for the New Mexico Offender Information Search tool.
Input either the first and/or last name of the offender or the offender's NMCD number.
Results will be shown at the bottom of the page in alphabetical order by last name. If pictures are available, they can be viewed by clicking the link on the right.
For more information on New Mexico arrest records, you can contact the Corrections Department at:
New Mexico Department of Corrections
PO Box 27116
Santa Fe, NM 87502-0116
Where to Find New Mexico Criminal Records
The New Mexico State Central Repository for Criminal History, operated by the New Mexico Department of Safety, keeps all criminal records, including felony and misdemeanor arrests, and DWI offenses. To access a criminal record, fill out a request form, have it notarized and mail it along with a certified check or money order for $12.
Legally Accessing New Mexico Criminal Records
New Mexico releases criminal records to individuals who request their personal New Mexico criminal records, as well as to law enforcement agencies and authorized employers. The individual in question must consent to the search if an employer wants to perform a New Mexico background check, however.
How to Rectify Mistakes in a Criminal Record
If you think your criminal record is incorrect, call the Department of Safety and describe the mistake, and they will direct you how to proceed getting it amended.