New Mexico Nursing License

Why travel nurses love New Mexico? "The Land of Enchantment," as New Mexico is fondly nicknamed, is a beautiful state entrenched in hundreds of years of Native American, Latin American and American history and culture. Many people think New Mexico is just a magical and mystical desert, but there's so much more to it than that. Throughout New Mexico — specifically Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Carlsbad and Roswell — visitors and residents alike enjoy the diverse assortment of restaurants, bars, cultural events and outdoor activities.

If you're ready to find your next New Mexico travel nursing job but you first need help with the New Mexico nursing license, the team at Onward Healthcare is here to help. The travel nursing experts at Onward Healthcare can find your ideal assignments, walk you through the New Mexico RN licensing process, and reimburse your licensing fees.

Your New Mexico Nursing License Guide

Whether you already hold a multistate nursing license with the Nurse Licensure Compact or need to get your New Mexico RN license by endorsement, the team at Onward Healthcare can help make your travel nursing dreams come true.

How To Get A New Mexico RN License By Endorsement

Registered nurses who do not have an NLC multistate license but hold a current nursing license in another state or U.S. territory can apply for licensure by an endorsement through the New Mexico Board of Nursing. First-time licensees would apply for licensure by examination.

Applicants for a New Mexico nursing license by endorsement will need to submit:

  • An online RN/LPN endorsement application
  • Payment of the $150 application and licensure fee
  • License verification via NURSYS or paper verification form
  • 3M Cogent background and fingerprinting, plus $44 fee

How to Renew Your New Mexico Nursing License

Nursing licenses must be renewed every two years through the New Mexico Board of Nursing. Travel nurses wishing to renew their New Mexico nursing license can look up their current license and submit their application online, upload proof of 30 contact hours of continuing education, and pay the licensure fee (currently $110).

New Mexico Nursing License Q&As

Is New Mexico part of NLC? New Mexico is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), along with 30 other states. 

How long does it take to get your New Mexico nursing license? Wondering how long it takes to get your New Mexico RN license for traveling? You might be pleasantly surprised. Once all documentation has been received, the Board of Nursing site notes that you should be issued your permanent nursing license in New Mexico within five business days—one of the quickest turnarounds of any state in the country. A temporary license is also available upon completion of your online application (for an additional $60 fee), for those who need to get working even sooner.


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