Security Licensing Compliance Guide
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Private Investigator Licensing in New Mexico

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Private investigation licenses are typically issued for individuals and organizations conducting investigative services. This guide contains information about private investigator licensing in New Mexico. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Company Licenses

New Mexico Security Company Licenses

New Mexico Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:New Mexico Private Investigations Advisory Board
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Investigation Company Application

Agency Fee:

$300 application fee + $44 fingerprint fee.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Form:

Private Investigation Company Renewal

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:11/8/17

New Mexico Private Patrol Company License

Agency:New Mexico Private Investigations Advisory Board
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

Pursuant to 61-27B-11 NMSA 1978, a Private Patrol Company must maintain a physical location in New Mexico where records are maintained and made available for department inspection.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:8/12/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Patrol Company Application

Agency Fee:

$300 license fee + $100 branch office fee for out-of-state companies.

Notes:

Qualified individual (PPO) must be a permanent resident of New Mexico.

Fact Checked:8/12/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$100 renewal fee + $100 branch office fee for out-of-state companies.

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:8/12/20

Individual Licenses

New Mexico Individual Security Licenses

New Mexico Private Investigator License

Agency:New Mexico Private Investigations Advisory Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Investigator Application

Agency Fee:

$400

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Form:

Private Investigator Renewal

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Learn about security licensing in other states:

Firearm Qualification - An additional qualification attached to license applications for armed private investigators.

Private Investigator Apprentice - Apprentices are issued limited licenses and can only operate under the direction of a licensed investigator.

Qualified Representative - A licensed private investigator who is responsible for the operation and management of an investigative agency.

Reciprocity - When a private investigator is allowed to do business in a different state under the license issued by their home state.

National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI)
Industry association that sponsors education and certification efforts for members.

National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS)
Private investigation and security advocacy group.

United States Association of Professional Investigators (USAPI)
Industry association focused on education and certification.

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