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Licensure 2020-03-27T20:18:27-06:00

NMPED Transitions to Praxis Exams for Educators

Please note that PED offices, including the Professional Licensure Bureau, are currently closed to the public.

Guidance on Teacher Licensing and School Closures (PDF)

Attention:  The Professional Licensure Bureau has moved to their new location at the Jerry Apodaca Building, 300 Don Gaspar, Room 103, Santa Fe, NM  87501

Beginning January 1, 2020, New Mexico Public Education Department will allow educators seeking licensure to take either the current NES Tests developed by Pearson or the Praxis tests developed by ETS through August 31, 2020 (LIST OF EXAMS).

On September 1, 2020, the department will only offer Praxis tests for licensure.

***If you are calling or writing to check on the status of your application, we are currently processing applications within 7 to 10 business days***

Licensure building

Welcome to the New Mexico Professional Licensure Bureau

Physical Address

300 Don Gaspar
Room 103
Santa Fe, NM 87501

*For walk-in submittal of applications or appointments for consults, please come to our physical address.

The Professional Licensure Bureau provides information and assistance to educators, school districts, and the general public regarding teacher, administrator, support provider, and instructional support provider certification.

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


Metered parking is in front of the Jerry Apodaca Building and costs 25 cents per 15-minute interval. The parking meters accept quarters, dimes, and nickels. Public garage parking is available located directly across the State Capitol between W. Manhattan Avenue and Galisteo Street.

Mailing Address

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

*Please mail applications and any documents for your professional licensure to our mailing address.

Licensure Front Desk

Phone: 505-827-5821

Fax: 505-827-5820

For inquiries regarding license complaints and investigations, please contact the Office of General Counsel: 505-827-6641

Page last updated March 27, 2020