INSPECTION OF PUBLIC RECORDS ACT COMPLIANCE

"Citizens in a democracy have a fundamental right to have access to public records. This right is recognized by the New Mexico Legislature through the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, NMSA 1978, §§ 14-2-1 et seq. ("IPRA"), and by the New Mexico Supreme Court, which stated in 1977 that a citizen's right to know is the rule and secrecy is the exception..."


Downloadable Compliance Guides

Inspection of Public Records Act Compliance Guide and Checklist
Eighth Edition, 2015 - This guide is aimed to inform the public, state and local government agencies, and all other public bodies subject to the Act about the Act's requirements and application.

Link to Office of the Attorney General - OMA/IPRA (NM Sunshine Laws)

Financial Disclosure Information
(Courtesy of the Secretary of State's Website)


Submitting an OMA and/or IPRA Complaint

Open Meetings Act Complaints

Written complaints concerning potential Open Meetings Act violations submitted to our department should include:

  • Specific dates of potential violation
  • Description of the public body that took the action(s) in question
  • Description of the specific circumstances surrounding the allegation
  • Other supporting documentation

Inspection of Public Records Complaints

Written complaints concerning potential Inspection of Public Records Act violations submitted to our department should include:

  • Specifics regarding the allegation
  • Description of the public body of which records are being sought
  • Copy of the written request for inspection of public records
  • Other supporting documentation

Requests of the Department of Information Technology should be sent to:

Records Custodian
New Mexico Department of Information Technology
Attn: Estevan Lujan, Public Information Officer
PO Box 22550
Santa Fe, NM 87502-2550
505-819-8129

Estevan.Lujan@state.nm.us