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Annual License Renewal: Rule 24-102 NMRA

Licensing fees and certifications must be completed by Feb. 1 to avoid non-compliance and related fees. After February 1, 2022 you will be assessed a late fee of $275.00. The State Bar of New Mexico processes licensing certification each year. The following certifications will be made on the annual license renewal form. 

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2022 License Renewal


  • Name and Address of Record
  • Street Address
  • Pro Bono Hours Certification
  • Professional Liability Insurance Certification
  • Trust Accounting (IOLTA) CLE and Certification of Compliance
  • Mandatory Licensure Fees


Licensing Process Checklist

Note: This page is meant to give members a broad overview of the licensing process and requirements directly after admission and beyond. More information about all the requirements listed below, including the corresponding rules, can be found in the rest of the Member Handbook.


The Board of Bar Examiners (an agency of the Supreme Court) administers the bar exam and processes applications for admission.

Year of Admission

  • Notify the State Bar of Address of Record
  • Receive Bar Card from State Bar of New Mexico including the attorney’s bar
  • number and CAID number
  • Receive Paper License from Supreme Court of New Mexico

* Note: During the year of admission, members who have not been admitted in a previous jurisdiction are not required to pay licensing fees or complete MCLE requirements. Members admitted on motion (reciprocity) must pay a prorated licensing fee at the time of admission.

First Calendar Year After Admission

  • Complete Licensing Form and Certifications
    • Certify the number of pro bono hours performed or donation made to civil legal service providers
    • Certify professional liability insurance
    • Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (certification and CLE requirement)
    • Pay licensing fees
  • Complete MCLE Requirements
    • Bridge the Gap Mentorship: Members who have not practiced for at least two years in another jurisdiction must complete the Bridge the Gap Mentorship Program and will receive required CLE credit as part of the program.
    • Members who have been admitted on motion through Reciprocity must complete the required number of CLE credits.

All Following Years

  • Complete Licensing Form and Certifications (as listed above)
  • Complete MCLE Requirements (as listed above)




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