New Mexico Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
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How To Get a New Mexico Background Check Report

How To Get a New Mexico Background Check Report

The Department of Public Safety provides background check reports for the state. They provide them only to the subject, their appointed legal counsel or an authorized agent for the person. They do not allow public access to someone’s background report. Each requested copy is $15. Individuals can also request a “Police Certificate of Good Standing” for employers or other people who need one before providing licensing or certification. They process background checks through fingerprints and normal processing time is 7-15 working days. On their website, they provide information on how to handle identity theft. 
Additionally, the NM courts offer the general public access to court records and criminal cases through their Secured Odyssey Public Access (SOPA) system. Users must register first then they can run searches online. 

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

Due to the fact that the state offers background reports only to the individual and their authorized agents, the reports include the person’s entire criminal history along with personal details like name, address, aliases, gender, race, age, date of birth and social security number. Along with that, each criminal event including arrests, warrants, convictions, incarcerations, and violations will show as well. Requestors who use the SOPA court system will see criminal charges and court dispositions but personal information such as social security number will be hidden. 

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

The most common purpose for a New Mexico background check is for employment. Other reasons are for adoption, foster care, licensing, gun permits, the hiring of volunteers who work with children or adults, insurance, credit and financing, and other government security clearances.
There are also public background reports available that someone can use to locate an old friend or relative, review a potential roommate, date or business partner, look up someone’s address information or check out your own records online. These reports are created from various private and public sources and contain:

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings          
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens.  

  • Birth Records

  • Marriages and Divorces 

  • Property Records

  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership

  • Current and Past Addresses

  • Phone and Email Address

  • Professional Licenses

  • Relatives and Associates

  • Social Media Accounts and More

NM Criminal Background Checks

New Mexico criminal background check reports are complete with someone’s full criminal history. If the report comes from the court system, not all the information will be available. Some personal details will be hidden, but convictions, arrests, incarcerations and court dispositions will still show. However, family violence and juvenile cases will no longer show up on the report as of 2008.

Gun Background Check

The state is not a point of contact for gun dealers in the state, and they have no law requiring a background report before the sale of a firearm in the state. Therefore, gun dealers must comply with federal regulations and contact the FBI to use NICS to get full background information before selling any guns to buyers. Private sales are exempt from background checks as well. NM  has completed 159,779 background checks for the purchase of firearms so far in 2018. Of those, 70,791 were for handguns, 53,472 for long guns and only 13,493 for permits. 

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 156,853 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than New Mexico

State # of conducted handgun checks
Pennsylvania 534,653
Texas 523,406
Kentucky 112,323
New York 108,936
West Virginia 75,539

States With More Long Gun Checks than New Mexico

State # of conducted long gun checks
Ohio 218,183
Missouri 194,982
Pennsylvania 165,494
Washington 145,820
Mississippi 85,624

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

The state has laws prohibiting personal use of someone’s background report. Therefore, they only provide them to the subject themselves or someone they authorized to receive it. Due to this fact, they have virtually no laws regarding how an employer, licensing or certification agency may use the background information.

Employment Protection

NM is one of the few states in the U.S. that has virtually no law regarding how an employer can use a background check during the hiring process. They do not condone discrimination of any kind, but in terms of criminal records, they are pretty lax about it. Employers, however, are still subject to federal law and must comply with both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background check report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 118 victims of online romance scams in New Mexico, resulting in $1.4 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 40 28,590
20 - 29 147 129,144
30 - 39 198 1,588,397
40 - 49 211 385,756
50 - 59 202 585,840
Over 60 361 1,670,038
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