Notice of Right to Inspect Public Records
By law, under the Inspection of Public Records Act, every person has the right to inspect public records of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The act also makes compliance with requests to inspect public records an integral part of the routine duties of the officers and employees of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Requests to inspect the public records must be submitted to the Department’s Records Custodian:
- In person at the Department’s Santa Fe headquarters: 1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe NM;
- By mail to Records Custodian, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504;
- By facsimile to Records Custodian at 505-476-8123; or
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A person desiring to inspect public records may also submit a request to the Records Custodian orally. However, the procedures and penalties prescribed by the act apply only to written requests. A written request must contain the name, address and telephone number of the person making the request. The request must describe the records sought in sufficient detail to enable the records custodian to identify and locate the requested records.
The records custodian must permit the inspection immediately or as soon as practicable, but no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after the records custodian receives the inspection request. If inspection is not permitted within three (3) business days, the person making the request will receive a written response explaining when the records will be available for inspection or when the public body will respond to the request. If any of the records sought are not available for public inspection, the person making the request is entitled to a written response from the records custodian explaining the reasons inspection has been denied. The written denial shall be delivered or mailed within fifteen (15) calendar days after the records custodian received the request for inspection.
A reasonable fee will be charged for printed copies of public records. The fee for documents eleven inches by seventeen inches or smaller is $0.75 per page. The charge for electronic copies is based on the actual cost to download to a storage device, to upload/scan and to transmit by electronic mail or facsimile, and will include the actual cost of the computer disk or storage device. A receipt for payment of such fees and costs will be provided upon request.