Reinstatement Instructions

The Board of Bar Examiners manages reinstatement applications for inactive members of the New Mexico bar. For information on reinstatement, please read below. All of the forms you’ll need are available on the right side of this page.

Please note: Under Rule 15-302 NMRA, an attorney who has been on inactive status for less than one year need not apply through the Board of Bar Examiners for reinstatement. Instead, contact the State Bar.

State Bar Dues and CLE Deficits: Your application will not be processed if you still owe State Bar dues or have CLE deficits. If you are not sure, you may call the State Bar at 505-797-6000 to check your dues account and Anita Otero at 505-821-1783 or ajotero@nmmcle.org for MCLE information.

The Board makes every effort to process reinstatement applications in a timely fashion.  However, there is no “expedited” process for these applications.  Please plan accordingly, especially if an employment opportunity depends on your reinstatement to active status.  CLE deficits and the FBI/state criminal report can delay the turnaround time for reinstatement applications.

In order to apply for reinstatement, please submit:

  1. One copy of the application signed and notarized in the original. This application must be completed in its entirety, typed on a computer, with complete addresses for past employers and references. Your New Mexico Bar number must be included on the first page.
  2. One copy of the Statement of Social-Security Number, signed and dated, in the original.
  3. Two copies of the release form for the NM Board of Bar Examiners signed and notarized in the original.
  4. Three copies of the release form for the National Conference of Bar Examiners signed and notarized in the original.
  5. A check, money order, or Credit Card Authorization form, made out for $350.00 payable to the NM Board of Bar Examiners.
  6. A credit report with credit score from one of the three major credit reporting agencies (Transunion, Equifax, or Experian) printed within 30 days of submitting your application. You may secure a free credit report from each of these agencies once per year at www.annualcreditreport.com. Reports secured through third parties and incomplete or abbreviated credit reports will not be accepted.
  7. FBI and State Criminal Identification Records. Instructions are available on our website.
  8. Certificate of Good Standing from every state in which you are licensed, except for New Mexico, issued no more than 30 days prior to your application for reinstatement.

Mail the documents:
20 First Plaza Center NW, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Post-Reinstatement CLE Requirements

Once you have been reinstated to active status, you are expected to complete all the CLE requirements for that calendar year. The CLE requirements are not pro rated or waived, even if there is only one month left in the year. For more information about your CLE requirements, please contact Anita Otero at 505- 821-1783 or ajotero@nmmcle.org.

Rules & Requirements

Reinstatement to the New Mexico Bar is governed by Rule 15-302(B)-(C) NMRA, which was modified in 2017.

B. Reinstatement.

(1) A member of the bar who has been on inactive status and in good standing in the state bar for a period of one (1) year or more under the Rules Governing the New Mexico Bar shall be required to file an application for reinstatement to active status with the Board of Bar Examiners for recommendation to the Supreme Court, and shall be required to pay to the Board of Bar Examiners a fee of three hundred fifty dollars ($350.00), plus any reasonable additional expenses, attorneys fees, and costs in connection with any investigations and hearings as the board deems necessary.

(2) A member of the bar who has been suspended for a period of one (1) year or more for nonpayment of active status dues or fees or for non-compliance with MCLE requirements shall be required to file an application for reinstatement to active status with the Board of Bar Examiners for recommendation to the Supreme Court, and shall be required to pay to the Board of Bar Examiners a fee of three hundred fifty dollars ($350.00), plus any reasonable additional expenses, attorneys fees, and costs in connection with any investigations and hearings as the board deems necessary.

(3) Unless otherwise ordered by the Supreme Court, an applicant for reinstatement under this paragraph will not be required to take the bar examination.

C. Reinstatement; additional condition.

The Supreme Court, as a condition of reinstatement, may impose a requirement that the applicant enroll in continuing legal education classes or a bar review course or any other requirement that the Supreme Court may deem necessary.

The New Mexico Rules are housed on the website of the New Mexico Compilation Commission.
For information on becoming an inactive member of the New Mexico Bar, please visit the State Bar of New Mexico website.