How to Find Public Police Records in the State of New Mexico?
The State of New Mexico defines criminal records as the officially documented history of all convicted and alleged criminal activities of an individual, within the jurisdiction of Law Enforcement Agencies of the State. A complete criminal record of an individual comprises of his/her:
Full Legal Name of the Individual as well as known aliases.
Date of Birth, Fingerprints and Race/Ethnicity.
A mug shot deemed sufficient for photo-identity and unique descriptors of physical appearance i.e. tattoos, scars, birthmarks, etc.
All past and present indictments.
Arrest Records, including outstanding warrants.
Information on conviction and incarceration.
The designated custodian of Statewide Criminal Records is the Law Enforcement Records Bureau (LERB) of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety:
- Aggregates the aforesaid information from various law enforcement agencies governed by local/county and state authorities as well as the New Mexico Courts of trials and appeals.
- Records and maintains them in a central repository of criminal records. Although the repository is an electronic database, the Department only entertains requests by mail and has no provisions for online requests or in-person requests.
- Provides Eligible applicants with:
- Aforesaid criminal records within the jurisdiction of the State.
- Records and alerts of Missing Persons.
- Access to the application process for records from the National Registry of Sex Offenders and relevant records from Federal Database of Crime Records.
- Single Window access to Accident Reports before 2012 from the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) and E-crash for reports after 2012, license records for concealed weapons, commercial vehicles, etc.
The New Mexico State Police website also follows a format of quick links as the LERB website to guide users to the desired information. Only the following applicants are eligible for access to criminal records or release of record copies:
The individual in whose name the entire criminal record has been created.
Any authorized representative or legal counsel of the aforesaid individual.
An authorized member of a Law Enforcement Agency, in adherence to the prescribed procedure, written order by governing authority or Court order within its jurisdiction.
In case of sex offenders, the State sex offenders registry can be viewed by the common public for a prescribed list of offenses for each county on the National Sex Offenders Public Website which offers information based on a full legal name search or a given address for 1, 2 or 3-mile radius. Counties prescribe different types of offenders for public viewing i.e. offenders who committed a serious sexual offense, sexual offense against a child or both.
How to retrieve public records?
A single viewing or copy of the complete criminal record with identification details of an offender can only be procured by the said offender or authorized representative by submission of the application or authorization letter by mail in the following manner:
It must be filled correctly with legible entries.
It must be notarized and undersigned with the “original” signature of individually named in the criminal record.
A fee deposit of $15, payable by money order or cashier’s check, either of which must be drawn in the name of the Department of Public Safety.
A fee deposit of $33, in an aforesaid manner, if the applicant also wants a “Police Certificate of Good Standing”. Usually, such a certificate is requested for immigration purposes.
Sending the above-mentioned letter and fees to the Office of the Department of Public Safety at Santa Fe having the P.O. Box 1628.
Lately, the State has passed an Act for Expungement of criminal records, enforceable from January 1, 2020. According to the said Act, criminal records that resulted due to identity theft, release without conviction or conviction for some of the most minor of misdemeanors, may be removed completely from the record.
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