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New Mexico Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in New Mexico.

This page provides an overview of engineering industry licensing in New Mexico for individuals and firms. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

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New Mexico Engineering Company Licenses

New Mexico Engineer of Record Affidavit

Agency:New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors
Law:

NMSA § 61-23-21

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a New Mexico licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in New Mexico.

Professional Corporations:

  • All shareholders and incorporators must be individuals licensed in a professional service provided by the firm or entities that are similarly qualified.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a New Mexico licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in New Mexico.

Partnerships:

  • At least one of the partners must be a New Mexico licensed engineer.
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:7/24/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Engineer of Record Affidavit

Agency Fee:

$0

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a New Mexico licensed engineer to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities in New Mexico.

 

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your New Mexico entity meets ownership requirements.
  • Identify a New Mexico licensed engineer to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities in New Mexico.
  • If foreign qualifying, obtain a certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 30 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the New Mexico Secretary of State - Corporations Bureau.
  2. Submit a completed engineer of record affidavit to the New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your entity will need to foreign qualify in New Mexico. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the New Mexico Secretary of State - Corporations Bureau.
  3. Submit a completed engineer of record affidavit to the New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors.
Fact Checked:7/24/20

Renewal Not Required

Not required



There is no standard renewal filing due for engineer of record affidavits, but entities must file an updated copy within 30 days of a change to the reported information.

Amendment

Form:

Engineer of Record Affidavit (Amended)

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

If a change occurs in the professional engineer or authorized company officer, the affidavit must be revised within 30 days and resubmitted to the Board.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:7/24/20

New Mexico Geology Firm License

Not required



Geology Firm licensure is not required on the State level in New Mexico.

New Mexico Surveyor of Record Affidavit

Agency:New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors
Law:

NMSA § 61-23-27.9

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a New Mexico licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in New Mexico.

Professional Corporations:

  • All shareholders and incorporators must be individuals licensed in a professional service provided by the firm or entities that are similarly qualified.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a New Mexico licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in New Mexico.

Partnerships:

  • At least one of the partners must be a New Mexico licensed engineer.
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:7/24/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Surveyor of Record Affidavit

Agency Fee:

$0

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a New Mexico licensed surveyor to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's surveying activities in New Mexico.
     

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your New Mexico entity meets ownership requirements.
  • Identify a New Mexico licensed surveyor to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's surveying activities in New Mexico.
  • If foreign qualifying, obtain a certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 30 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the New Mexico Secretary of State - Corporations Bureau.
  2. Submit a completed surveyor of record affidavit to the New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your entity will need to foreign qualify in New Mexico. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the New Mexico Secretary of State - Corporations Bureau.
  3. Submit a completed surveyor of record affidavit to the New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors.
Fact Checked:7/24/20

Renewal Not Required

Not required



There is no standard renewal filing due for surveyor of record affidavits, but entities must file an updated copy within 30 days of a change to the reported information.

Amendment

Form:

Surveyor of Record Affidavit (Amended)

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

If a change occurs in the professional surveyor or authorized company officer, the affidavit must be revised within 30 days and resubmitted to the Board.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:7/24/20

Individual Licenses

New Mexico Individual Engineering Licenses

New Mexico Engineer Intern Certification

Agency:New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Engineering Intern Certification or Transfer Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



New Mexico Geologist License

Not required



Professional Geologist licensure is not required on the State level in New Mexico.

New Mexico Professional Engineer License

Agency:New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Engineering Application

Agency Fee:

$150 exam/$200 comity

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$155

Due:

Biennially by December 31. Licenses ending in odd numbers renew during odd-numbered years and licenses ending in even numbers renew during even-numbered years.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:11/2/18

New Mexico Professional Surveyor License

Agency:New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Surveyor Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$155

Due:

Biennially by December 31. Licenses ending in odd numbers renew during odd-numbered years and licenses ending in even numbers renew during even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

New Mexico Surveying Intern Certification

Agency:New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Form:

SI Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Not required



Intern certificates do not expire.

Learn about engineering licensing in other states:

Design Firm - Engineering firm registration is sometimes grouped with architecture and land surveying on a single “design firm” application form.

EI (Engineering Intern) - A term also used to describe an Engineer in Training.

EIT (Engineer in Training) - A professional designation granted upon having completed at least 3 years of school at an ABET-accredited university and having passed the FE exam.

FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) - An exam testing on basic engineering principles that is required to become an engineer in training.

PE (Professional Engineer or 'Principles and Practice in Engineering') - Means either Professional Engineer or refers to the Principles and Practice in Engineering exam that is a prerequisite for an engineering license.

Reciprocity - When a licensed engineer in one state can provide documentation (often an NCEES Record) to more easily apply for a license in another jurisdiction.

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Accrediting board that sets standards for university programs in a variety of applied science disciplines.

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Engineering, architecture, and land surveying advocacy group.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Organization that provides continuing education, professional conferences, and advocacy efforts to the civil engineering community.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Mechanical engineering organization that focuses on education and professional development.

Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC)
Reviews accreditation requirements and makes final decisions regarding the accreditation process.

National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES)
Develops, administers, and scores the exams used for engineering licenses.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
NSPE is an advocacy group for professional engineers.

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