Inspection of Public Records
Public Information Records Requests
Inspection Of Public Records Act
The Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) is a New Mexico state law that provides the public and media access to public information. The law requires open access to almost all public records in state and local government, with few exceptions. Under IPRA, the public has the right to take legal action if they are denied access to public records, an important mechanism to empower the public.
The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department processes all public information requests under the Inspection of Public Records Act in a timely fashion as prescribed by law. Even where there is no statute, a common law right to inspect and copy public records affords members of the public the opportunity to keep a watchful eye on government.
NMRLD Response to Request
The records custodian must permit inspection immediately or as soon as practicable, but no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after the records custodian receives the inspection request. If inspection is not permitted within three (3) business days, the person making the request will receive a written response explaining when the records will be available for inspection or when the public body will respond to the request. If any of the records sought are not available for public inspection, the person making the request is entitled to a written response from the records custodian explaining the reasons inspection has been denied. The written denial shall be delivered or mailed within fifteen (15) calendar days after the records custodian received the request for inspection. If the records requested are extensive, the requestor may receive a burdensome letter extending the deadline for the request. Records may also be available for inspection at the NMRLD office at 2500 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.
Heather Sanchez Martinez, Chief Records Custodian
Post Office Box 25101
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504