Reciprocity

(Reciprocal Admission or Admission on Motion)

Experienced attorneys may be qualified to apply for Reciprocity if they:

  • Are licensed and in good standing in a jurisdiction that shares reciprocity with New Mexico.
  • Have engaged in the active practice of law for no fewer than five of the last seven years. 

There is no filing deadline and successful applicants may be sworn in throughout the year. Applicants should bear in mind that the application process can take several months and plan accordingly.


Step 1: Read the Following Documents

Step 2: Gather and Complete the Forms for Your Application Packet

  1. New Mexico Reciprocity Cover Sheet & Application Instructions
  2. Character and Fitness Application
  3. NCBE Acknowledgement Page (found in the Character and Fitness Application documents)
  4. NCBE Authorization and Release Form (found in the Character and Fitness Application documents)
  5. NMBBE Authorization and Release Form
  6. Character and Fitness Statement
  7. Certificate(s) of Good Standing and Statement(s) of Discipline from any state in which you are or have been licensed
  8. Affidavit, Active Practice of Law
  9. Current credit report 

Step 3: Prepare Your Application Fee

Step 4: Request Other Documents

The following documents must be requested by you and sent directly to our office by the issuing entity:

Step 5: Make Copies of All Documents from Steps 2 and 3

  • This is for your records. Originals must be sent in your application packet.

Step 6: Mail Your Application

  • All documents from steps 2 and 3 must be sent as a single packet (incomplete packets will be automatically rejected) to:

New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners
Attn: Reciprocity
2440 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite 280
Albuquerque, NM 87110

  • We recommend getting a tracking number for your packet as we cannot answer questions about whether materials have arrived.

Step 7: Make Your Application Process as Efficient as Possible

Applications can take more than six months for investigation and review, but there are things you can do to keep the process moving as efficiently as possible:

  1. Make sure your application packet is complete before you send it.
  2. Get a tracking number for your packet.
  3. Make sure you give us the best possible contact method for employers and references.
  4. Speak with employers and references so they know to be on the lookout for the investigator’s call or email and know what to expect.
  5. Respond quickly if we or the National Conference of Bar Examiners send you follow-up correspondence.

Step 8: Class in New Mexico Law

  • This day-long, required class is scheduled for the Thursday immediately following the administration of the bar exam; you will be registered automatically upon receipt of your complete application. Find upcoming dates here.

Reciprocal Jurisdictions

New Mexico currently shares reciprocal admission with thirty-six states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Click on the name of the jurisdiction to visit the website for its bar admission agency.