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New Mexico Boating Law Enforcement
  • The following persons have full authority of a peace officer to enforce the boating laws of New Mexico:
    • Officials from the New Mexico State Parks Division—the director, park custodians, and other employees designated in writing by the director
    • Every sheriff in his or her respective county
    • Every member of the New Mexico State Police
  • USCG officers also patrol and have enforcement authority on federally controlled waters.
  • The law enforcement officers listed above are authorized to stop and board your vessel to check that you are complying with state and federal laws.
  • Outfitters and guides are subject to boat safety inspections at all times while boating.
  • It is illegal to refuse to follow the directive of a person with law enforcement authority. An operator who has received a visual or audible signal from a law enforcement officer must bring his or her vessel to a stop.
  • Every person who violates or fails to comply with laws in the New Mexico Boat Act is guilty of a misdemeanor. Violators must appear before a magistrate to determine the fine and court costs.