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Registros públicos

By law, under the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA), every person has the right to inspect public records maintained by New Mexico Courts. 

Most records in civil and criminal cases are in the custody of the court where the case was filed, usually a District or Magistrate Court or the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. Click here for a map of court locations and judicial districts to help determine where you should direct your public records request. For a directory of New Mexico courts, including a physical address and telephone number, click here .

Court case records may be inspected in person at the court clerk’s office at the courthouse where the records are located, or use the form below for an online request for court records. By law, there may be fees for copies of public records. 

NOTE: If you are using the online form to seek records from a magistrate or district court, direct your request to the judicial district in which the court is located. (Example: The Valencia County Magistrate Court in Belen is in the Thirteenth Judicial District. For a request for public records maintained by that magistrate court, select “13th Judicial District” in the Court Locations field of the online form below.) Please note that the Administrative Office of the Courts is not the custodian of case file records maintained by courts.

Instructions for Online Request Form

  1. Name of the person requesting the records.
  2. Email address of the person requesting the records
  3. Phone number of the person requesting the records.
  4. Location of the court in which the case was filed or the judicial entity with custody of the records.
  5. Address of the person requesting the records.
  6. Specifically describe the requested records.

IMPORTANT: Specify with as much detail as possible the records you are requesting. In describing the records, provide a case number if possible and the name of a party in the case.

To help find a case number and identify possible recordsclick here.

After finding the case, click on the case number to view a summary and register of actions that that should assist you in identifying specific records in the case and the court that maintains the records.

Examples of possible records: A criminal complaint or an order granting a divorce petition.

What the law requires

NMSA 1978, Section 14-2-8(D) states that a written request to inspect public records “shall provide the name, address and telephone number of the person seeking access to the records and shall identify the records sought with reasonable particularity.”