Application Process & Forms
The following items must be submitted for your reciprocity application. They can be submitted in any order (and need not be sent all at once), but we encourage you to submit the application form and payment as early as possible in order to streamline your application timeline. Please note that the application can take as long as six months to process.
1. Admission on Motion application form and filing fee. The application link takes you to the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) web site to access their character and fitness application. The NCBE will do an investigative report for this Board. Please send the original of the application, signed and notarized, including three original copies of the NCBE Release and Authorization Form, to the NM Board of Bar Examiners. The Board will send the NCBE the Authorization and Release Forms after it has reviewed your application to determine whether or not you are eligible for admission on motion. Please take the time to make a copy of the application for your records. Do not submit a payment to the NCBE with your online application. The Board will pay for the report.
With the application submitted to the Board, you must include the $2,500 filing fee in the form of a personal or business check, money order, certified check, or credit card payment. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “NM Board of Bar Examiners.” To pay by credit card, please complete the credit card authorization form and submit it with your application.
Please note that the NCBE’s investigative report takes between 75 – 90 days on average to complete and can take as long as six months to complete.
2. Two originals of the NM Board of Bar Examiners Authorization and Release Form, signed and notarized.
3. Transcript from law school with evidence of graduation (do not send diploma) and law school certification form. Your final and complete transcript from law school should indicate that you were awarded your J.D. and on what date. The transcript must be sent to the Board’s office directly from the law school or university registrar.
The law school certification form must also be sent directly to the Board’s office from the law school. Applicant or photo copies or other facsimiles are not acceptable.
4. Passing Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination Score (MPRE). You must have a scaled score of 80 or better on the MPRE to satisfy this requirement. If you took this exam previously for another jurisdiction, you may have that score certified here. The passing scaled score of 80 or above must have been achieved no more than five (5) years prior to submitting your application. This board does not administer that exam and you may take it in any location/state it is offered. To certify a score or register for the MPRE, please go to www.ncbex.org.
5. Three character and fitness statements from attorneys in good standing from each jurisdiction in which you are admitted. These attorneys should be in addition to those persons listed in the body of your application. They must be originals and current. The forms may be submitted by mail, email, or fax.
6. FBI and NM State Criminal Records. Visit this page for information on securing these reports, which are sent directly to the Board by the appropriate agencies.
7. A credit report with credit score from one of the three major credit reporting agencies printed within 30 days of submitting your application.
8. A certificate of admission, currently valid license to practice law, or certificate of good standing from every jurisdiction where admitted, regardless of whether your admission is active or inactive.
9. A letter from the grievance or disciplinary entity of every state, district, territory, protectorate, province or foreign country in which the applicant is admitted indicating that there are no disciplinary complaints or charges pending against the applicant.
10. For any jurisdiction relied upon by the applicant to satisfy the active practice of law durational requirements in this rule, a certificate from the highest court, or clerk thereof, or by the designated authority in such jurisdiction certifying that the applicant has been eligible to engage in the actual practice of law in that jurisdiction for at least five (5) of the seven (7) years immediately prior to the date of the certificate; (b) the applicant is in good standing in the bar of such jurisdiction and has not been disbarred, placed under disciplinary suspension, or resigned from such bar while under disciplinary investigation; (c) the applicant is not the subject of any pending disciplinary complaints or proceedings in such jurisdiction; and (d) if the applicant has been suspended or disbarred, that the applicant has been duly reinstated. Please note: Some courts may not provide such a certificate. If so, please notify the board that you were not able to obtain the certificate.
11. An affidavit executed by the applicant describing the applicant’s active practice of law for the required durational period in every applicable jurisdiction, which shall include a detailed explanation of how it satisfies the definition of the active practice of law as set forth in Paragraph D of Rule 15-107.
All applicants are required to take the New Mexico Reciprocity CLE prior to admission. For upcoming dates, click here.
There are no deadlines associated with application by motion / reciprocal admission. However, applicants should remember that the application process can take as much as six months and plan accordingly.