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Licensure 2018-10-11T18:03:16+00:00

Welcome to the New Mexico Professional Licensure Bureau

The professional licensure is now at our high-volume season. Please keep in mind the state renewal deadline is June 30th of every year, and it may take up to 4 weeks after your payment is applied that we will process your application. We appreciate your patience as we respond to phone calls, emails and walk-ins.


On October 25, 2018, the Licensure Bureau will be closed from 10:45-1:15pm.

Scroll down below to see our contact information and important updates.


Licensure building


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.

The Professional Licensure Bureau has moved!

Physical Address

120 S. Federal Place
Room 105
Santa Fe, NM 87501

*For walk-in submittal of applications or appointments for consults, please come to our physical address. Please bring a valid government issued ID, passport, or military ID for entrance into the Federal building.


Metered parking is in front of the Joseph M. Montoya Building and costs 25 cents per 15-minute interval. The parking meters accept quarters, dimes, and nickels. Public garage parking is available in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center Municipal Garage located directly across the street on S Federal Pl. Rates for the garage are $1 for the first hour, $2 for the second hour and each hour after, $12 maximum.

Mailing Address

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

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


Licensure Front Desk

Phone: 505-827-1436

Fax: 505-827-1449


Licensure News Updates

  • December 4, 2017: Two new National Evaluation Series early childhood education tests will replace the NMTA Assessment of Teacher Competency Early Childhood Test beginning December 4, 2017. The two new NES tests are:
    • NES Early Childhood Education (Birth – Prekindergarten)
    • NES Early Childhood Education (Age 3 – Age 8)
  • December 11, 2017: The  Native American Language and Cultural Certificate now has an application fee of $35.00. The  certificate holder will be considered a support provider. We created a separate support provider application to reflect this change, please visit the application page to access the application.


  • July 13, 2018: The last day to submit the Advancement via NMTEACH application (using the SY 2016-2017 evaluation) is July 31, 2018 at 5pm.


  • July 13, 2018: Effective August 1, 2018, any application with revision dates older than 7/12/2018 will no longer be accepted.


  • October 11, 2018: On October 25, 2018, the Licensure Bureau will be closed from 10:45-1:15pm.



Page last updated October 11, 2018