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Effective January 1, 2020, the Criminal Records Expungement Act, Sections 29-3A-1 through 29-3A-7 NMSA 1978, took effect. This Act allows a qualifying individual to petition a court for expungement of a number of criminal and related public records.

Pursuant to that statute, the New Mexico Administrative Code (“NMAC”) Rule also took effect: Rule 10.2.2 NMAC Expungement of Arrest Records and Related Public Records 

For additional information and suggested forms, see: 

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 on the New Mexico Compilation Commission website at .                  

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 with an attorney for legal advice, and you may review the NM Courts Self-Help Guide for legal help resources and for a basic overview of the legal process at


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.