Carnival Ride Insurance Program

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Carnival Ride Insurance Program

The Carnival Ride Insurance Act falls under the Regulation and Licensing Department.

Wide shot of lighted carnival rides silhouetted against a dusk sky

The act certifies and regulates the carnival ride industry in New Mexico. The mission of the act is to ensure the health and safety of all citizens who ride carnival rides. All rides, inclusive of mechanical rides, aquatic devices, bungee jumping, etc., and all inflatables by rule and regulations, must be certified by a National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) inspector. All documentation must be completed and turned in annually to Carnival Ride Insurance Program personnel, who certify each and every ride annually.

There are rides that are excluded by the act, such as “kiddie” rides designed for children 12 and younger, and include merry-go-rounds. An operator can have up to 6 kiddie rides before having to be certified by the act. Other types of rides not included in the act are playground equipment, coin-operated devices, or small promotional events.

Rides that must be certified are required to carry at least $1,000,000 of insurance per occurrence and at least $3,000,000 per aggregate against liability for injury to persons arising out of the operation of the carnival ride. No carnival ride can be operated before being certified by Carnival Ride Insurance Program personnel.



Becky Barmuta


New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department
Carnival Ride Insurance Program
5500 San Antonio NE, Suite F
Albuquerque, NM 87109

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