Field Operations manages programs dealing with watershed health, site remediation, illegal dumping, prescribed fire and wildlife management. The staff supports other State Land Office divisions with field reviews and data analysis for leasing activities including rights-of-way, agricultural leases, minerals management, oil and gas frontier nominations, business leases and land exchanges.
Access to State Trust Land for the purpose of hunting is granted under an easement between the Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico State Land Office. For more information about hunting on State Trust Land, please see our Recreational Access page. For more information on the general rules and regulations pertaining to hunting in the State of New Mexico, please visit the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish .
You may cross private land ONLY with written permission from the landowner (s).
Camping is allowed on trust land only with the written permission of the surface lessee. To determine lessee and contact information, please contact our Field Operations Division at (505) 827-5842.
Under the Game and Fish easement, during hunting season, state trust land that is accessible by public road is open for hunting. If you encounter a locked gate on trust land included in the easement, please contact our Agricultural Leasing Division at (505) 827-5851 or the nearest District Resource Manager
Visit the State Land Office data access web page and enter the section, township, and range, or lease number. If you do not have this information, or if you need assistance, please contact our Agricultural Leasing Division at (505) 827-5851.
Contact the Agricultural Leasing Division at (505) 827-5851.
The formula used to calculate lease rates ins dictated by statute and rule. However, lessees may request a reduction in carrying capacity due to drought which may reduce the overall fee. Please contact the Agricultural Leasing Division at (505) 827-5851 for more information.
Visit the State Land Office data access web page
and enter the section, township, and range, or lease number. If you do not have this information, or if you need assistance, please contact our Agricultural Leasing Division at (505) 827-5851.
You must have express written permission from the State Land Commissioner. Contact the Agricultural Leasing Division at 505- 827-5731 to apply.
Application forms for Industrial Mineral Leases (Sand & Gravel, Borrow Dirt, Stone, Caliche, etc.) are available on the Minerals Forms page
. We can also send you a copy of the State Land Office rules and application forms pertaining to the particular type of mineral extraction you want to engage in. Click here
to view the Minerals Staff Directory.
For any other questions you may have about the mining for minerals (other than oil and gas) on state trust lands, please contact the Minerals Manager, Jack Yates, at (505) 827-5750.
Please see Mineral Rules.
A State of New Mexico map showing surface ownership is available from the federal Bureau of Land Management.
Our State Land Office Records Management office can help you if you know the legal land description (Section, Township, and Range) for a piece of land in which you are interested. Please be sure to check the mineral ownership for any tract on which you are interested in mining. Please note that the lands under the stewardship of the State Land Office are referred to as state trust land, not "public" land. The federal Bureau of Land Management manages public land.
For any other questions you may have about mining for minerals (other than oil and gas) occurring on state trust lands, please contact the Minerals Manager, Jack Yates, at (505) 827-5750.
Please contact our Records Management division at (505) 827-5716.
Visit the State Land Office data access web page
and click on billing Information. You will need to enter your lease number in the appropriate boxes.
By State Land Office rule, no more than two persons/legal entities may be the lessee of record on an oil and gas lease. If two persons/legal entities are the lessee of record on a particular lease, the lessees are tenants in common and each has a 100% undivided interest in it.
Miscellaneous Instruments are other contracts and instruments entered into by the lessee that do not affect record title. Miscellaneous Instruments may be filed with our office; however, the State Land Commissioner does not approve these. These documents may create an interest in an oil and gas lease but do not change NMSLO’s lessee of record on the lease, therefore the lessee of record is not relieved of their obligations. Such instruments may include (but are not limited to) documents that create undivided working interests, overrides, farm outs/rights to explore and produce below a particular depth, overriding royalties assignments, operating rights assignments, mergers/name changes, last will and testaments, mortgages and financial statements, and powers of attorney etc.
A Record Title Assignment must be submitted on the Assignment of Oil and Gas Lease (form 0-30), for approval by the State Land Commissioner.
Upon the Record Title Assignment approval, a Miscellaneous Instrument may be filed in order to document the assignment of the deep/shallow rights back to a third party. The NMSLO filing fee for a Miscellaneous Instrument is $50 per instrument, and may be filed one of two ways:
- By submitting form 0-30, by checking the Miscellaneous Instruments box.
- By providing a copy of the assignment that has been filed with the county.
A $100 filing fee is required on each lease for which an assignment of record title is filed. A late fee of an additional $150 is required if the assignment is filed with our office more than 100 days from the assignor’s execution date on the form. The fee for filing miscellaneous instruments is $50. All filing fees are non-refundable.
NMSLO’s Assignment of Oil and Gas Lease (form 0-30) is required. The 0-30 form should NOT be altered; the language of the official form will bind all parties. Attachments to the form are permissible, if necessary, in order to capture additional signatures. No reservations, percentages or depth restrictions are permissible in a record title assignment. Please complete the mailing address of the assignee, as lease correspondence will be sent to this address.
See Oil and Gas Forms
No, however, you may use it if you prefer, and in this usage you are allowed to make any alterations for your intended purpose. The state accepts and records all submissions that are construed as miscellaneous instrument filings as long as the $50 filing fee accompanies the legal instrument; see Question #2.
Additionally, you may contact the Assignments, Miscellaneous Instruments Analyst and they can fax or email you one.
You may copy the form but all copies must be exact reproductions of the official form, with original signatures.
Any legal instrument that is a transfer of real property must be acknowledged before a notary, required by statute. Record title transfers are considered transfers of real estate in New Mexico.
Every time a transfer of record title is approved a suffix number, aka the assignment number, is systematically generated to distinctly identify that assignment. The number of assignments within an entire lease determines the next assignment number, generated sequentially.
Yes, an assignment of partial acreage may be filed as a record assignment. To indicate a partial acreage, Record Title Assignment please check the “Partial Assignment” box at the top of the 0-30 form. No less than a full quarter/quarter or a full lot of an Oil and Gas Lease will be approved as a 100% Record Title Assignment.
Thankfully, we do accept blanket assignments. Each blanket assignment must be submitted as one set of three original assignment forms with original, notarized signatures. The assignment forms must have an exhibit sheet attached listing the following:
Each lease assignment, original lessee, lease issue date, county, township, range, section, legal description, and acres. Please send copies of the assignment form and exhibit for each lease listed on the exhibit. We require the $100 filing fee for each lease listed on the exhibit sheet. For example, the fee for 25 leases covered by the blanket assignment is $2,500 ($100 x 25 leases).
NOTE: Late fees of an additional $150.00 per lease, will apply if the blanket assignment is filed more than 100 days from the assignor’s execution date.
It is an Oil and Gas Remittance Identifier. This is a number that is utilized by three agencies: the State Land Office (NMSLO); the Oil Conservation Division (OCD); and the Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD). OGRID numbers are used by these agencies to identify each entity and track various transactions and data.
When any business regarding Oil and Gas is conducted with the three state agencies, the entity must first obtain an OGRID number, i.e. in order to bid at our State Land Office monthly Oil and Gas Lease Sale, bidders must have an OGRID number. To request an OGRID please contact NMSLO’s Oil and Gas Division.
Yes, the Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division staff will research the OGRID number if it is left blank on the assignment form. The OGRID number will be documented on your returned copy of the approved assignment.
A formal request must be submitted either by letter or on the Change of Address Form, available online under Oil and Gas Forms
. Please provide the new address as well as the previous address. Please provide current contact information as well.
A Protect Surface Bond Waiver may be filed in lieu of a bond if there are no plans for development and no surface disturbance on lease.
Prior to the commencement of development/operations/surface disturbance on a lease, the NMSLO requires that a sufficient bond be filed with, and approved by the Commissioner.
Single lease Surface Damage Bond (Provides Surety for one Oil and Gas Lease)
Multi-lease blanket Surface Damage Bond (Provides Surety for two or more Oil and Gas Leases)
Megabond (Provides Surety for Oil and Gas Leases, etc. Please see the Megabond form for coverage details)
A Cash Collateral Assignment is an acceptable alternative to procuring a bond from a surety company. This form must be submitted in conjunction with the applicable bond form, determined by the amount deposited.
Please refer to the Bond instructions, law and rule document for detailed information regarding bonds
The sales are held the third Tuesday of every month.The sale will be held in two venues: online and in-house. The online sale will be active bidding, commencing one week prior to the lease sale date, with online bidding closing at 8:30 am MDT on the day of the sale. The in-house sale will be oral, conducted in the Edward J. Lopez State Land Office Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and commencing at 10:30 am MDT on the day of the sale. There will be no sealed bid auction
Monthly Oil and Gas Lease Sale Notices are posted on the NMSLO website.
The May sale is held annually at the Daniels Leadership Center in Roswell, NM.
Shut-in Royalty (SIR) payments are due per well, per year. A completed Shut-In Royalty Payment form and the applicable payment may be submitted if:
- The associated lease contract contains the shut-in provision.
- The well is capable of producing gas in paying quantities.
- The well is temporarily shut-in due to lack of market or lack of a pipeline connection.
- The lease(s) have not been extended in excess of the time allowed per the lease contract.
The SIR payment due is dependent upon the terms of your lease contract. The payment must be "timely paid," which means on or before the next lease anniversary date after 90 days from the date of shut-in. Each payment is reviewed according to the SIR requirements before acceptance or rejection.
A stipulation is an amendment of the terms of an older oil and gas lease to the current lease terms. Upon the Commissioner’s approval, the lease assignment stipulated to the current lease series terms now has access to the shut-in royalty payment and extension clauses, which were not offered in the older lease contracts.
The Stipulation fee is $150.00, the form and instructions are available on the Oil & Gas Forms page.
Please contact the Oil and Gas Leasing Group or the Lease Manager with any additional questions. Contact number: 505-827-5744