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.
The NGWA Well Owners Guide is a comprehensive manual where you’ll find valuable information from proper well construction, routine well maintenance, water testing and much more.
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:
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:
- made a material misstatement of facts in his application for license; or
- failed to submit or submitted an incomplete well record or well log; or
- made a material misstatement of facts in a well record or well log; or
- drilled a well in any declared underground water basin without a State Engineer permit; or
- violated the conditions of the State Engineer permit under which the well was being drilled; or
- violated the conditions of his well driller license; or
- the licensed well driller or his registered drill rig supervisor was not present at the drilling site during well drilling activities; or
- violated the rules and regulations of the State Engineer; or failed to assure the protection of the public safety, health, welfare, and property in the well construction process.