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Licensure Bureau 2023-11-15T05:35:18-07:00

First-time License Applicants

First time applying for a NMPED license? Please first register here:

Register for the Licensure Portal

Applicants new to the Updated Licensure Portal

Register here if you have not created a portal account since April 2020:

Register for the Licensure Portal

Existing users using the Licensure Portal

If you have already registered you may enter the Licensure Portal here:

Log in to the Licensure Portal

If you are having any difficulty with the licensure portal, please view:

Licensure Portal – Account Creation Guide

Licensure Portal – Sample Registration Guide

Licensure Portal – Create Application Guide

Licensure Portal – How to Download your License Guide

Licensure Portal – How to Update your Name, Contact Information and District-School Affiliation Guide

Licensure Updates

On Wednesday, November 22, 2023, The Professional Licensure Bureau will be closed to the public. While we will be closed, we will have staff available via email. Please contact for assistance. Our office and all state offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and 24th, and will reopen on Monday, November 27, 2023. We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! 

The Professional Development Dossier (PDD) submission period begins July 15, 2023, at 12:01 a.m., and will remain open until 11:59 pm, March 29, 2024.  The OPAL submission deadline is also until 11:59 p.m., March 29, 2024

Submissions received by October 27, 2023, that successfully pass, will receive an effective date of July 1, 2023, on their license(s).

The resubmission window will open April 1, 2024, at 12:01 a.m., and will remain open until 11:59 p.m., May 15, 2024.
***SUBMISSIONS ONLY MEET THE SUBMISSION WINDOW DEADLINE IF THEY HAVE RECEIVED ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL BY THE ABOVE DATES.*** Waiting until the final deadline is highly discouraged and will result in longer wait times for results.

The licensure extension application is available in our licensure portal. The application will be open from April 2024 and will remain open until 11:59 pm, June 30, 2024. You must work with your LEA for their support, as this application will require their narrative section to be completed, and the fee is non-refundable.  Please visit our Licensure Extensions page for more information.

Level I Educator Advancement Program:  Micro-Credentials

Teaching is Changing

All personnel required to hold NMPED licensure must have an appropriately cleared background submitted with the NMPED ORI # NM920140Z, before entering the virtual and/or in-person classroom. School employment backgrounds may not be submitted in lieu of the required licensure background. For more information and step-by-step guidance please visit the Licensure Background Information subpage or follow this link Licensure Background Information.

Apply, pay and track your digital application status online in the new licensure portal. Paper applications will be returned to the sender.  To obtain a copy of your license please login to your portal account to download/save and print.

Disqualifying Conditions 

The following criminal convictions under the New Mexico Criminal Code could constitute grounds for denial of an application for licensure issued by the Public Education Department.

Disqualifying Convictions

FY22 Annual Report


300 Don Gaspar
Room 103
Santa Fe, NM 87501


Licensure Complaints and Investigations Contact:

Office of General Counsel

If you need to file a licensure complaint, please download the following form and follow the directions on the page. Licensure Complaint Form (DOC) OR Formulario de Quejas (DOC)

Parking: Metered parking is in front of the Jerry Apodaca Building and costs 25 cents per 15-minute interval.

Licensure Front Desk Phone: 505-827-5800, Option 1 for Licensure; Option 2 for Backgrounds


Page last updated November 15, 2023