New Mexico Recording Law Summary:
New Mexico recording law stipulates that it is a one-party consent state. In New Mexico, it is a criminal offense to use any device to record, obtain, share or use wire communications without the consent of at least one person taking part in the conversation. This means that in New Mexico, you are legally allowed to record a wire conversation if you are a contributor, or with prior consent from one of the involved parties. This state does not require consent to record oral communication. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-12-1 (West 2012).
New Mexico law states that journalists do not require consent to record electronic communications. This applies to conversations where all contributing parties are using a cell phone or other wireless devices, including text messages sent between cell phones. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-12-1.
You may record oral conversations without any consent required.
Oral conversations are not provided for under New Mexico law as the wiretapping statute only applies to conversations taking place over a telegraph or telephone wire.
If you are a third-party and require consent from the parties taking part in the conversation, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) states that you may gain consent to make a recording by:
- Getting verbal or written consent prior to the recording being made.
- A verbal notification being played before the conversation begins. (For example: “This phone call is being recorded for quality control purposes…”).
- An audible beep tone being repeated at steady intervals during the duration of the conversation.
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-12-1: The illegal recording of electronic conversations is considered a misdemeanor.