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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most common questions


Who can I call to ask a legal question or find an attorney?

The City of Albuquerque Legal Department represents the City of Albuquerque and does not give legal advice to private citizens. For non-City government questions or a lawyer to represent you, see the following:

ACLU of New Mexico

Attorney General's Office (Albuquerque)

Federal Public Defender

Legal Aid

Public Defender

Senior Citizens Law Office

State Bar General Referral Program

State Bar of New Mexico

How do I contact the Metropolitan Court and other courts?

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

Bernalillo County Court of Wills, Estate & Probate

Second Judicial District Court

United States District Court of New Mexico

How do I find records from a criminal or civil case?

To obtain an electronic copy of a record maintained in a criminal or civil case please visit or contact the appropriate court.

How would I get a copy of a City Ordinance?

To obtain an electronic copy of a City Ordinance, please visit To obtain a paper copy of a City Ordinance, please call the City Clerk's Office at 505-924-3650. The office is located at Plaza del Sol, 600 2nd St NW, 7th floor. (Map)

How do I take care of a traffic citation?

For questions regarding a traffic citation, visit the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court website or call 505-841-8151 for information.

Who do I contact about public records?

Learn how to inspect public records from the Office of the City Clerk.

How do I complain about a local business?

All complaints against any business should be made to the New Mexico State Attorney General's Office located at 201 3rd St NW, Suite 300. Phone: 505-717-3500 or 1-844-255-9210 (toll-free).

Who can I contact about an issue with my Homeowners Association?

Please contact Alternative Dispute Resolution at 505-768-4660.

Who do I talk to concerning a name change?

Visit the District Court website or call 505-841-8400.

How do I report a crime?

Learn how to file a police report online.