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Substitute License (Pre K-12)

Substitute License (Pre K-12) 2021-08-23T10:54:07-06:00

A substitute license authorizes a trained individual to provide temporary instructional services when an assigned licensed teacher is absent from class.

Initial License

  • $50 (non-refundable) fee; and
  • Initial Application via NMPED Online Licensure Portal; and
    • Obtained a high school diploma or equivalency
    • You must be eighteen years of age; and
  • Submit a copy of the superintendent’s Verification Form; and
  • Register for background/fingerprints for “Teacher Licensure”.

Superintendent Verification form

Substitute NMAC Code

Renewal License

  • $50 (non-refundable) fee; and
  • Renewal Application via NMPED Online Licensure Portal; and
  • Superintendent‘s Recommendation for support provider form (must be on School District Letterhead).
    • Note:  The earliest you can renew same level license is January of expiring year.
    • A Substitute can only advance up to Level 2 (Level 3 does not exist).
    • If your level 1 support provider license has expired, you will need to apply for an initial level 1 license.
    • If educator does not have additional valid licenses on file, then must register for background/fingerprints for “Teacher Licensure”.

Support Provider Superintendent Recommendation form

Substitute NMAC Code

NMPED Licensed Teachers Substituting:

  • A licensed teacher does not need to hold a substitute license when substituting a class. A teacher license will suffice.

Delay of application:

  • Your application is lacking supporting documents listed in the above check list;
  • If your license(s) has expired (and you do not have additional valid licenses on file), and your background was completed 24 months or more, you will need to complete a new background for Teacher Licensure. School Employment backgrounds will not be accepted.

NMPED Correspondence with Educators:

  • Consultants correspond by email. Please check your spam/junk folder.

All fees submitted are non-refundable



Page last updated August 23, 2021