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New Mexico Contractor License: Step-by-Step Guide

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In New Mexico, the New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department is responsible for the licensing of all contractor licenses. Regarding general contractor licenses, applications and examinations are handled by PSI.

1

Determine the Type of Contractor License You Need

  • General Contractor - several general license types are available, including:
    • Contractors
    • Residential
    • Electrical

For a full list of general contractor licenses, please visit the PSI website.

Note: Prior to applying, determine what classification of license you require. If you are uncertain of the proper classification, complete the Classification Determination Form and submit it to PSI along with a detailed description of the work to be performed. A written response will be mailed or faxed to you.

Journeyman electrical licenses have reciprocity with most states. Reciprocity for other general contractor licenses are considered on a case by case basis.

  • Manufactured Housing Contractor - several manufactured housing license types are available, including:
    • Installer
    • Manufacturer
    • Dealer

    For a full list of manufactured contractor licenses please visit the New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department website.

    Note: Reciprocity is considered on a case by case basis.


2

Access New Mexico Contractor License Application Forms

All contractor license application forms can be found at the New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department website.

  • General contractor license applications can be found here.
  • Manufactured housing contractor license applications can be found here.

3

Pass Examination

Several types of examinations are available for general and manufactured housing licenses, depending on the license type you are applying for. For more information on examinations, requirements and fees, visit the PSI website.


4

Fulfill Requirements and Obtain Required Documents

General Contractor License:

  • Check with PSI to make sure that the name you intend to use on your license is available. State laws prohibits the issuance of licenses with the same or similar name.
  • Copy of valid qualifying party certificate, or copy of the exam score report showing passing scores on exams and applicable classifications. You may submit an official transcript showing passing grades on business and law courses by a CID approved school, instead of passing scores on these exams.
  • Proof of current New Mexico Tax ID number application including an official stamp or registration certificate. Must be issued in the exact name shown in the application. For more information, visit the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department website or call (505)-827-0700.
  • Proof of registration with the New Mexico Secretary of State if your business is a corporation, limited partnership, LLP or LLC. Must be issued in the exact name as shown on application.
  • Workers compensation insurance is required of all licensees. If you are a sole proprietor with no employees, you may be exempt from this requirement. Please visit the New Mexico Workers Compensation Administration website for more details.

Note: Depending on the type of contractor license you are applying for, requirements and documents may vary slightly. Also, if you have pending administrative or disciplinary actions with CID, are not in compliance with child support or workers’ compensation laws, or are under investigation for unlicensed activity, you may not be eligible for a license and your application may be placed on hold pending resolution of the issue(s).

Manufactured Housing Contractor License:

  • Copy of current New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department registration and current tax ID number.
  • A signed and notarized Certificate of Qualifying Party form.
  • A financial statement signed and notarized. You can find a sample form here.
  • Depending on the manufactured housing license type you are applying for, you may be required to submit a installer/repairman warranty. The sample form may be used as a guide.
  • Three reference letters from a (1. Financial institution, 2. Individual or Firm for whom you have worked, 3. Character reference)
  • If you are an out-of-state corporate installer, you must complete the affidavit (consent to Service of Process) which can be found within the application.
  • A Statement of Authorization and Release of Information form which can be found within the application.
  • Copy of your exam scores.
  • Depending on the type of manufactured housing contractor license you are applying for, you are required to meet a certain amount of work experience. For more information regarding the requirement, please see the work experience verification form, which you are also required to submit along with your application.

Note: Depending on the type of manufactured license you are applying for, requirements and documents may vary.


5

Obtain Your Contractor License Bond

You must obtain an original surety bond for general contractor and manufactured housing contractor license. The surety bond must be the original document signed by the applicant in the amount of $10,000, with the power of attorney attached and your name listed as principal. You cannot list the principal as a company or business.

  • You can fill out the general contractor license bond form through the following link.
  • You can find the manufactured housing contractor bond form here.

Note: You must submit your surety bond along with your application for general and manufactured housing contractor license.


6

Submit Your New Mexico Contractor License Application

How to fill out your application

Print clearly in blue or black ink only and use all capital letters. Complete packets must be delivered by hand or mail. Faxed or emailed forms will not be accepted.

Note: For general contractor applications, Include a self-addressed envelope large enough to fit your application and supporting documents. The envelope will be used to mail back to you a rejected application, or to send your new license if application is accepted.

Licensing and Application Fees

General Contractor Licenses: $30 application fee

Note: Depending on the type of license you are applying for, the examination fee will vary. For more information regarding examinations and fees, visit the PSI website.

Make all checks or money orders payable to PSI. Walk-in payments may be made by cash, personal check, company check money order, cashiers check, VISA, MasterCard or American Express. Mail payments may be made by personal check, company check, money order, cashiers check, VISA, MasterCard or American Express.

Manufactured Housing Contractor License: $200 application fee

Note: Depending on the type of license you are applying for, the examination fee will vary. For more information regarding examinations and fees, visit the PSI website.

Mailing Address

General Contractors:
PSI
2820 Broadbent Pkwy NE
Suite E&F
Albuquerque, NM 87106


Manufactured Housing Contractor:
State of New Mexico
Regulation & Licensing Department
Manufactured Housing Division
P.O. Box 25101 - 87504
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505



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