New Mexico

Department of Public Safety

Keeping New Mexico Safer Through Safe Roads and Safer Communities

Sex Offender Registry:

The Sex Offender Registry is responsible for ensuring compliance by the Sheriff’s Office (Entry) and offenders (Registration). Sex Offender Registry manages the Offender Watch system which is used by the Sheriff’s offices to enter in registrations. This system generates the public website and is also the conduit to NCIC. This unit also assists in the translation of convictions for sex offenders who move to New Mexico from another state. Translation takes into consideration the statues and court decisions from another state and matches it as closely as possible to New Mexico’s statute in order to determine the duration and frequency an offender will need to register. Annually, the registry does a mass mailing to offenders as a reminder of their need to register. This is pursuant to state statute. State statute: NMSA 29-11A-1.

About SORNA:

www.nsopw.gov

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) was created to help law enforcement to ensure the communities are safe by requiring anyone convicted, incarcerated, or on probation or parole as of July 1, 1995 for a sex offense to register as a sex offender. The Sex Offender Registry (SOR) Unit within each county agency is responsible for registering convicted sex offenders and making sure they maintain compliance with the New Mexico Sex Offense Laws. When a county sheriff's office updates a registration, the information is uploaded into a database where information on certain offenders can be viewed by the public.

FAQ for Citizens:

What do I do if I think a person is a sex offender but they are not listed on the website?
Under New Mexico law, not all sex offenders are required to register and not all registered sex offenders are publishable on the website. If you believe that an individual should be required to register it is always best contact your local county sheriff's office or the NMDPS SOR unit.
Why is a registered sex offender living near a school or daycare?
New Mexico does not have residential restrictions, however, an offender on probation or parole may have Special Conditions that restrict him or her from living near these areas. If you are unsure if an offender should be following any Special Conditions, please contact the Probation and Parole Office as this may be a violation of his or her supervision.
How do I get notified if a sex offender moves into my neighborhood?
You can register on our website to receive email notifications when an offender moves into your neighborhood.

FAQ for Offenders:

What do I need to do to register in the state of New Mexico?
Offenders moving to the state of New Mexico need to report to the county sheriff's office for the county in which they will be living. Offenders also need to make sure they have all court paperwork (Judgement & Sentence and Police Report) when contacting their county Sheriff's Office.
If I am passing through, visiting, staying for a couple of days, etc. in New Mexico, am I required to register?
You will need to register if you were convicted prior to July 1, 2013 and are going to be in the state of New Mexico for longer than ten (10) days. You will need to register within five (5) days if you were convicted after July 1, 2013.
What determines how long I will have to register?
There are five (5) different risk classifications under which an offender will be require based on offense and conviction/release date

  • 90 Day Re-Registrants
  • 90 Day Non-Releaseable
  • Annual Registrants
  • Annual Non-Releaseable
  • Semi-Annual Non-Releaseable

For more information regarding these laws and registration requirements, please contact your local county sheriff's office or the NM DPS SOR unit.

Why am I required to register if I was convicted before July 1, 1995?
If you were incarcerated or on probation or parole on or after July 1, 1995, you will be required to register in the state of New Mexico.

SORNA Contacts

Email: DPS.SORNA@state.nm.us

Katherine Garcia,
SORNA Program Coordinator
(505) 476-2438

Jessica Morales,
SORNA Clerk
(505) 476-2434

Katerie Shields,
SORNA Clerk
((505) 476-2435

Francine Garcia,
NMCD Victim Advocate
(505) 827-8848