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The New Mexico Constitution gives the Governor authority to grant “pardons and reprieves” for most convictions for offenses under state law. However, the Governor does not have authority to grant pardons or any other forms of clemency for convictions under municipal or federal laws. The Governor also does not have authority to expunge or seal arrest and/or conviction records.
If you are interested in applying for a pardon or another form of executive clemency, you must first review the Office of the Governor’s “Executive Clemency Guidelines,” which are available here. The Guidelines discuss in detail the types of executive clemency and describe eligibility requirements for applying.
After consulting the Guidelines, you may fill out and submit an Executive Clemency Application. Read and follow the instructions provided with the Application. The Application must be submitted to the address provided in the Instructions, along with all other required documentation.
Please note that there is no specific timeline for reviewing requests for executive clemency. If you have submitted an application for executive clemency, do not contact the Governor’s Office to check on the status of your application. The Governor’s Office will reach out to inform you of significant developments with your application.
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