The Inspection of Public Records Act is intended to provide the public with access to information governmental affairs. The law requires public access to virtually all public records with a few exceptions most records are available for public inspection. Each state agency and local governmental entities have designated a records custodian to whom requests to inspect records should be addressed. To request to inspect records from this office please send a written request to:
New Mexico Attorney General’s Office
PO Drawer 1508
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508
E-mail: ...(click to show)...@nmag.gov
Fax: (505) 827-6071
Downloadable versions of the
Inspection of Public Records Act Compliance guide and the
Open Meetings Act Compliance guide
are at the bottom of the page.
The Open Meetings Act is a state law, which provides the statutory guidelines. The Attorney General has the constitutional authority to enforce the act and to ensure that those public meetings covered by the Act are in compliance with state law. In order to assist the public and those that are covered by this act we have a full copy of our compliance guide online for you to review by section of interest or to print and review at your convenience.
Our Open Meetings Act compliance guide explains what public meetings are covered by the act, the meeting's public notice requirements, and proper issuance of agendas, meeting minutes, and closed meetings. Other items are in the guide such as remedies, penalties, and exceptions to the Act. Complaints about possible violations, or questions involving clarification of the Act should be referred to the Office of the Attorney General's Civil Division. The Division enforces the Act by investigating and responding to written complaints from citizens. They can be reached at (505) 827-6070.
The Inspection of Public Records Act is a New Mexico state law that provides an open window for the public and media to access information deemed of import to the public interest. This is one of the basic rights of our democratic society, Open Government. The law requires open access to almost all public records in state and local government with few exceptions. Under the Act the public citizen or group has the right to take legal action if they are denied access to public records and awards attorney fee's if they are proven right. This provides a mechanism to empower the public and it saves limited public resources.
The Attorney General is provided authority through the state constitution to enforce this act, as are the local District Attorneys. As a public service we have made available our Compliance Guide in its entirety and it can be reviewed by section online or printed for full review. Topics covered by this Act include the description of which records are covered, the assignment of a custodian of record, how confidential materials are addressed, as well as the impact of other laws. Also found here are the method to request records, the procedure of inspection, and the procedure for denied requests. While the enforcement of the act is described here if you have any questions you may contact the Civil Division of the Office of the Attorney General for further information at (505) 827-6070.
During the regular 2011 session, the New Mexico Legislature passed important changes to the Inspection of Public Records Act (“IPRA”), NMSA 1978, §§ 14-2-1 to -12 (as amended through 2011), many of which go into effect on June 17, 2011. Some amendments will go into effect on July 1, 2011.
Each state agency and local governmental entities have designated a records custodian to whom requests to inspect records should be addressed.
Instructions for requesting to inspect records from this office.