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(505) 827-5821
LicensureUnit@state.nm.us

Licensure Background Specialist
(505) 827-6439
Ethics@state.nm.us

 

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New Mexico Public Education Department
Attn: Licensure
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501

 

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(505) 827-4148 Licensure
(505) 827-6447 Background Checks

Professional Licensure Bureau

Important Notice:
Effective November 5, 2013

NM PED Licensure will no longer accept or process fingerprint cards for background clearance. All backgrounds for licensure must be processed by 3M Cogent

ALL LICENSURE APPLICANTS RESIDING NM MUST BE PRINTED USING THE NEW LIVE SCAN SYSTEM

ONLY OUT OF STATE APPLICANTS MAY REQUEST A FINGERPRINT PACKET BY EMAILING: ethics@state.nm.us .

To access the 3M Cogent Information go to: www.cogentid.com, click on the NM Icon, Register for Fingerprinting.
CLICK HERE for more detailed instructions.

ALL INITIAL LICENSURE APPLICANTS MUST USE ORI# NM920140Z & Reason Code: TEACHER LICENSURE

The Professional Licensure webpage is under review. Some information may be unavailable or inaccessible at this time. If you are unable to access certain links and/or information, please submit those specific inquiries to LicensureUnit@state.nm.us.

Thank you for your patience.

The Professional Licensure bureau determines qualifications for and issues licenses to teachers, administrators, and other instructional personnel in New Mexico. We also provide technical assistance to individuals seeking licensure and to local school officials who must hire licensed staff.

Licensure Pathways / Requirements
Testing Requirements
Background Check
Continuing Licensure / Renewals
Adding Endorsements to a Teaching License
Fee Information

Reciprocating a License from Out-of-State or Country:
Administrators | Teachers

Download applications and forms

Important Fee Notice:

Licensure fee increase became effective June 30, 2010. Applications must include fees posted on current schedule.

Current Fee Schedule

Money Orders or Cashier's Checks ONLY! Personal Checks will be Returned.

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District/ Charter School Resources

Access to Licensure Database
Definitions of Codes Used in Database
Provisional Principal License Request

Informal Licensure Handbook

Initial Waiver Request Form | Renewal Waiver Request Form

 

Resources

New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA)
New Mexico Regional Education Applicant Program
Teach New Mexico (teachnm.org)
Prueba de Español Testing Center

Foreign Transcript Evaluation Services (NCAES)
The Public Education Department does not require nor recommend NACES listed service members be used. There is no “official” organization or regulatory body for foreign credential interpretation or evaluation methodology in the US. It is based on commonly-developed and agreed standards of good practice.