Carnival Ride Insurance: Overview
The Carnival Ride Insurance Act falls under the Regulation and Licensing Department. The Act certifies and regulates the carnival ride industry in the State of New Mexico. The mission of the act is to ensure the health and safety of all citizens who ride carnival rides. All rides, inclusive of mechanical rides, aquatic devices, bungee jumping, etc. and all inflatables by Rule must be certified by a National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) inspector. All documentation must be completed and turned in annually to the program administrator’s office which certifies each and every ride annually.
There are rides that are excluded by the Act, such as “kiddie” rides designed for children 12 and younger, and include merry-go-rounds. An operator can have up to six (6) kiddie rides before having to be certified by the act. Other types of rides not included in the act are playground equipment, coin-operated devices or small promotional events.
Rides that must be certified are required to carry at least three million dollars ($3,000,000) of insurance against liability per occurrence, for injury to persons arising out of the operation of the carnival ride. No carnival ride can be operated before being certified by the Carnival Ride Insurance Program Administrator.
Please review the frequently asked questions. If you do not find the answer, please contact
Carnival Ride Insurance Program
Regulation and Licensing Department
P. O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Tel: (505) 476-4853
Fax: (505) 476-4619