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Licensure Bureau 2023-01-10T09:23:34-07:00

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 Updates

The PDD submission period begins July 15, 2022, at 12:01 am, and will remain open until 11:59 pm, March 31, 2023.  The OPAL submission deadline is also until 11:59 pm, March 31, 2023. The window for resubmissions will open April 1, 2023, at 12:01 am, and will remain open until 11:59 pm, April 28, 2023. ***SUBMISSIONS ONLY MEET THE SUBMISSION WINDOW DEADLINE IF THEY HAVE RECEIVED ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL BY THE ABOVE DATES.***

Level I Educator Advancement Program:  Micro-Credentials

Teaching is Changing

All personnel required to hold NMPED licensure must have an appropriately cleared background submitted for the NMPED code TEACHER LICENSURE ORI # NM920140Z, before entering the virtual and/or in-person. 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 or 2

Licensure Menu

Links below may also be accessed on the right sidebar.

Alternative Licensure Extensions

Alternative Licensure

Assessment Requirements

District Superintendent/HR – Information

Dossier and OPAL Submissions


ETS Praxis exams for NM

Foreign Credentialing Agencies

Licensure Background Information

Licensure Forms

Licensure Requirements

Licensure Staff

NM Educator Evaluation System

Official Transcripts

Public Online License Look-up

Teacher License Advancement

Licensure Processing Fees

Supporting Veterans, Active Military/Spouses

Licensure Frequently Asked Questions

Page last updated January 10, 2023