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Effective November 5, 2013
NM PED Licensure will no longer accept or process fingerprint cards for background clearance. All backgrounds for licensure must be processed by 3M Cogent
ALL LICENSURE APPLICANTS RESIDING NM MUST BE PRINTED USING THE NEW LIVE SCAN SYSTEM
ONLY OUT OF STATE APPLICANTS MAY REQUEST A FINGERPRINT PACKET BY EMAILING: firstname.lastname@example.org .
To access the 3M Cogent Information go to:
www.cogentid.com, click on the NM Icon, Register for Fingerprinting.
CLICK HERE for more detailed instructions.
ALL INITIAL LICENSURE APPLICANTS MUST USE ORI# NM920140Z & Reason Code: TEACHER LICENSURE
The Professional Licensure webpage is under review. Some information may be unavailable or inaccessible at this time. If you are unable to access certain links and/or information, please submit those specific inquiries to LicensureUnit@state.nm.us.
Thank you for your patience.
The Professional Licensure bureau determines qualifications for and issues licenses to teachers, administrators, and other instructional personnel in New Mexico. We also provide technical assistance to individuals seeking licensure and to local school officials who must hire licensed staff.