Well Drillers and Drill Rig Supervisor
Handouts and List of Well Drillers

The Office of the State Engineer has created public handouts to assist the public with questions on selecting a well driller and general well drilling requirements.

Brochure - "Drilling Your Water Well"

Well Owner Maintenance Practices

To drill a well in New Mexico, the well driller shall hold a valid license issued by the Office of the State Engineer. The Office of the State Engineer has defined a well as a bore hole, cased or screened bore hole, or other hydraulic structure that is drilled, driven, or dug with the intent of penetrating a saturated geologic unit. A well driller license is not required for work on pumping equipment.

Well Driller Reports are available on our reporting website:

New Mexico Water Rights Reporting System (NMWRRS) Water Rights Lookup

1. Scroll to the bottom of the disclaimer page, and click on the 'Continue to NMWRRS' button.

2. From the NMWRRS page, under Select a Report - Click on Driller License Reports

Commenting on a Driller's Performance

Comments on a well driller’s performance may be filed at the Office of the State Engineer. Any complaint against a licensed well driller shall be made in writing, shall be specific and detailed, and shall be legible, signed, and include a complete mailing address of the person or other entity filing the complaint.

The state engineer may issue a written reprimand, a compliance order issued pursuant to Section 72-2-18 NMSA, or, after notice and hearing held pursuant to 19.25.2 NMAC and 19.25.4 NMAC, suspend or revoke a well driller license if it is found that a well driller: