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Licensure 2022-01-24T10:57:25-07:00

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:

Attention: The licensure systems are not compatible with Apple products (MAC, iPhone/iPad/Safari) and other smart devices (Android).

Licensure Portal Quick Start User Guide

Licensure Updates

WE NEED YOU!!  Initial and renewal Substitute and Educational Assistant licensure applications will be processed free of charge between 1/19/2022 and 3/31/2022. The $50 fee waiver is for the application processing only. Please visit our Licensure Background Information page for more details on this important requirement. Substitute and Educational Assistant licenses will be processed within 2 business days after the background is appropriately cleared.

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. We are currently processing applications with all requirements met within 15 business days or better. To obtain a copy of your license please login to your portal account to download/save and print.


Disqualifying Conditions NEW

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

Disqualifying Convictions 



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)

***Official transcripts should be emailed directly from your college or university to OR mailed to NMPED Professional Licensure Bureau 300 Don Gaspar 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

Licensure Menu

Links below may also be accessed on the right sidebar.

Apply/Renew/Reciprocate License

Licensure Processing Fees

Alternative Licensure

Assessment Requirements for Educators

Praxis exams through ETS (Educational Testing Service)


Teacher License Advancement

Dossier and OPAL Submissions

Foreign Credentialing Agencies

Forms for Licensure

Supporting Veterans, Active Military/Spouses

District Superintendents/HR

Licensure Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure Staff

NM Educator Evaluation System

Official Transcripts

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Page last updated January 24, 2022