(aka Reciprocal Admission or Admission on Motion)

Experienced attorneys may be qualified to apply for Reciprocity (aka Reciprocal Admission or Admission on Motion) 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 longer than six months and plan accordingly. For the full requirements for admission under reciprocity, please review the New Mexico Rules Governing Admission [link].

Process and Forms

Before beginning your application, you must read the following:

The following items must be submitted in a single application packet:

  1. Reciprocity Checklist/Cover Page [pdf]
  2. Application Fee (paid by check/money order or Credit Card Authorization Form [pdf])
  3. Character and Fitness Application [link]
  4. NCBE Acknowledgement Page (found in the Character and Fitness Application documents)
  5. NCBE Authorization and Release Form (found in the Character and Fitness Application documents)
  6. NMBBE Authorization and Release Form [pdf]
  7. Character and Fitness Statement [pdf]
  8. Certificate(s) of Good Standing and Statement(s) of Discipline from any state in which you are or have been licensed
  9. Affidavit, Active Practice of Law [pdf]
  10. Current credit report [link]

Please keep copies of all documents that you submit to our office. To receive a copy of your submitted materials, you must request a copy of your file [link].

The following items must be requested by the applicant and sent directly to the NMBBE by the issuing entity:

Unable to fill in PDFs on your computer? Download the latest version of Adobe Reader here [link].

Application materials must be mailed to:

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

Incomplete applications will be rejected. You are strongly recommended to mail your application materials with tracking, as our staff cannot answer questions about whether materials have arrived in our office.

Prior to admission:

All applicants for admission to New Mexico must take the required class in New Mexico law prior to admission. Reciprocity applicants may take this class at any time after submitting the application packet. For a list of class dates and to register, click here [link].

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.