New Mexico FOIA procedures
Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in New Mexico. To read the history and details of New Mexico’s sunshine laws please see New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act
How to request public records in New Mexico
New Mexico law requires all public agencies to designate at least one records custodian. Records requests should be submitted to the records custodian of the department in possession of the records.
Purpose and use
Who may request public records?
- See also: How much do public records cost?
The law allows for the charging of a reasonable fee not to exclude $1 a page and which cannot include the cost of assembling the records or determining its exemption status.
- See also: Request response times by state
New Mexico law allows for three business days to respond to records request. However, if the assigned custodian is unable to obtain the records in that time, he or she must notify the person making the request in writing when the records will be available. The records must be made available within 15 days of the receipt of the request. However, the law does leave an outlet for what are deemed "excessively burdensome" requests in that the custodian merely make the materials available in a reasonable amount of time.
- New Mexico statutes see chapter 14 for public records and chapter 10 for open meetings
- Attorney General Guide to OMA and IPRA (dead link)
- Open Government Guide to New Mexico
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