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The “Criminal Record Expungement Act” (Ch. 29, art. 3A NMSA 1978) effective January 1, 2020, provides a process for the expungement of an individual’s criminal records.

The New Mexico Courts website about Expungement at https://nmcourts.gov/expungement-forms.aspx provides information about the process and official court forms.  According to this website, the relevant statutes are located at Section 29-3A-1 to 29-3A-7 NMSA 1978.  You can read the NM statutes about expungement online at Ch. 29, art. 3A NMSA 1978 Criminal Record Expungement, <https://laws.nmonesource.com/w/nmos/Chapter-29-NMSA-1978#!b/a3A

You can research and read the statutes relating to expungement and other New Mexico laws, as well as court rules, appellate court opinions, and official court forms by using the legal research tool NMOneSource.com on the New Mexico Compilation Commission website at https://nmonesource.com/nmos/en/nav.do .                  

The Law Library staff, like other Court employees, cannot perform direct legal research, offer legal advice, fill out forms, or interpret statutes.  We recommend that you consult the NM Courts Self-Help Guide for legal help resources and for a basic overview of the legal process at https://www.nmcourts.gov/Self-Help/self-help-guide.aspx .

The Law Library staff can provide general information about court processes, explain how to use the Library’s legal research books and computer databases, and suggest resources that might be helpful.

If you have further questions about Library resources or for additional legal reference assistance, please contact the reference desk.