New Mexico attorneys who have been inactive for more than one year must apply for reinstatement through the NMBBE using the process below. 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, please contact the State Bar at  

State Bar Dues and MCLE Deficits: Your application will be rejected if you owe State Bar dues or are non-compliant with NM MCLE. Every applicant for reinstatement must verify their status with each prior to submitting an application for reinstatement.

The Board makes every effort to process reinstatement applications in a timely fashion. However, there is no “expedited” process for these applications and reinstatement is not automatic. Please plan accordingly, especially if an employment opportunity depends on your reinstatement to active status.

Toapply for reinstatement, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Read the Following Documents

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

  1. Reinstatement Checklist/Cover Sheet [pdf]
  2. Certification of Dues and MCLE Status 
  3. Character and Fitness Application [link] – log in to NCBE website, select Character and Fitness, Application to New Mexico, Reinstatement
  4. NCBE Acknowledgment Page (found in the Character and Fitness Application)
  5. NCBE Authorization and Release Form (found in the Character and Fitness Application)
  6. NMBBE Authorization and Release Form [pdf]
  7. Current credit report [link]
  8. Statements of Discipline and Certificates of Good Standing from any state in which you are or have been licensed

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: Reinstatement
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 several 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.


Verifying State Bar Dues

To verify that you are current on your State Bar of New Mexico dues, call (505) 797-6000.

Verifying NM MCLE Obligations

To verify that you are current on your New Mexico MCLE obligations, call (505) 797-6054 or log in to your account on the MCLE website [link].

As of September 1, 2022, All New Applications Must be Made Online