NMDPS Forensic Laboratories Bureau

Santa Fe Forensic Laboratory

PO Box 1628
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1628
Tel. (505) 827-9136
Fax (505) 827-3318


Founded in 1972, as an original part of the New Mexico State Police, the Santa Fe Forensic Laboratory began serving the state of New Mexico with the establishment of the first Latent Prints and Chemistry Units dedicated to serving the state of New Mexico, and by the late 1970’s the Santa Fe Forensic Laboratory expanded forensic disciplines to include Trace Evidence, Firearms, Questioned Documents, and Serology.

In 1987, the Forensic Laboratory was separated from the New Mexico State Police and became a part of the Technical and Emergency Support Division of the newly created Department of Public Safety for the state of New Mexico, and continues to serve the people of New Mexico today.

Present Day

The Santa Fe Forensic Laboratory serves as the headquarters for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (DPS) Forensic Laboratory Bureau, and employs the forensic disciplines of Controlled Substance Analysis, DNA / Serology, Latent Print analysis and comparison, and Firearms analysis. In addition, the Santa Fe Forensic Laboratory also provides sub-discipline forensic analysis in Footwear & Tire Track Impressions, as well as Toolmark Comparisons and Serial Number Restorations for the entire state of New Mexico. The Santa Fe Laboratory also features state-of-the-art instrumentation and ample independent workstations.

The NMDPS Santa Fe Forensic Laboratory is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). Accreditation is a voluntary program in which the laboratory demonstrates adherence to established quality standards.

Services Provided at the Santa Fe Forensic Laboratory