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Licensure Bureau 2024-06-26T12:07:47-06:00

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 the below guides to assist you:

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

Summer Literacy Program Participants – Background Information

The Professional Licensure Bureau (PLB) provides services to educators to assist them in obtaining and maintaining their New Mexico (NM) Educator Certification. Educators are certified in many areas, including early childhood, elementary, secondary, special education, administration, ancillary and support providers, and approved endorsements. The unit also assists out-of-state/out-of-country educators in obtaining NM Certification and supports LEA’s (local education agency) Human Resource departments throughout the state to meet the needs of their educators.  This site provides general licensing information, procedures, and license records.

Our Mission

At the heart of our work, the PLB is dedicated to advancing equity and excellence for all students. We do this by serving as a resource for school leaders, educators, and staff, fostering collaboration with communities, and leading with data-driven best practices.


The PLB processes over 25,000 different licenses annually, with a typical processing time of 6 to 10 weeks and as long as six weeks during the peak season (contingent upon a cleared background and all documents for licensure are provided). The unit is comprised of 5 licensing specialists and 2 background specialists serving NM.

Public Educator Look-up Tool

Educator licenses are public records.  You may search for any educator, administrator, or other(s) to view any educator’s public record in the PLB’s Public Licensing Look-up Tool.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Contact Info

We consistently update our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to meet the needs of applicants and already licensed educators. The PLB team is available by phone, email, or in-person.


300 Don Gaspar
Room 103
Santa Fe, NM 87501


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


Page last updated June 26, 2024