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New Mexico Contractors License

get new mexico contractors licenseA contractor under this classification is authorized to bid and contract for any of the buildings, structures or projects included in the classifications for GB-98. With this license, one can erect, alter, repair or demolish residential and commercial buildings, and certain structures, excluding those structures covered by the EE, GA, GF or MM classifications. Includes all work described by the GB-2 and GS specialty classifications.


New Mexico Contractors License Requirements


let us help you get your contractors licenseAnyone engaged in construction-related contracting in New Mexico must be licensed. This includes general construction work, electrical, mechanical and plumbing and LP gas. Applicants qualifying agent must provide proof of required experience (2-4 years depending on classification). The applicant must also submit a certificate of competence. The activities that are considered to be contracting in New Mexico are defined in the Construction Industries Licensing Act, NMSA 1978, Section 60-13-3. More info here.


New Mexico Contractors Fees


contractors license feesConstruction contractor's license fees: It will cost you $30 nonrefundable to apply for your initial contractor's license. The license itself will cost $150 for each trade except for the trades which have multipart exams. Licenses for these trades are $300 each. Journeyman exams and licenses cost $75. Licenses are good for three years.


New Mexico Contractors Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationThe New Mexico General Building Contractor exam has 100 questions and a time limit of 300 minutes. A 75% is required to pass. The fee for the exam is $30 and pre-approval is required from the board before sitting for the exam. The New Mexico Business and Law Exam has 50 questions and a time limit of 125 minutes. A 75% is required to pass. The fee for the exam is $44. To schedule your exam, you must be first pre-approved. More info here.

General Building GB-98 Exam Content


Sitework, Footings, and Foundations
Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement
Associated Trades
General Code, Plan Reading, and Estimating
OSHA Safety

Total Number of Test Questions: 100

Time Allowed: 300 minutes


Books That Are Allowed Into The Exam


1. New Mexico Administrative Code Title 14, 2004.


2. New Mexico Commercial Building Code (NMAC 14.7.2), New Mexico Commission of Public Records.


3. International Building Code, 2015, ICC.


4. Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 9th Edition, 2014, Cameron K. Andres and Ronald C. Smith.


5. Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 15th Edition, 2011, Steven H. Kosmatka, Beatrix Kerkhoff, PCA.


6. Placing Reinforcing Bars, 9th Edition, 2011, CRSI.


7. Gypsum Construction Handbook, 2014, USG.


8. SDI Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 2nd Edition, 2006, SDI.


9. Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning - Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 3rd Edition, 2003, Post-Tensioning Institute.


10. Erector's Manual - Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Pre-Cast Concrete Products, 2nd Edition, 1999, PCI.


11. Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 2nd Edition, 2006, SJI.


12. Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010, John L. Feirer and Mark D. Feirer.


13. Modern Masonry: Brick, Block, Stone, 8th Edition, 2015, Clois E. Kicklighter.


14. Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011, Dave Roberts.


15. Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA), with latest available amendments, U.S. Government Printing Office,


16. ACI 530-05 - OR - 08 Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures, 2005 or 2008, American Concrete Institute.


17. ACI 318-05 - OR - 08 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary, 2005 or 2008, American Concrete Institute.


NOTE: If you are not currently a licensed contractor then you are required to take and pass BOTH the standard LAW exam and TRADE specific exam.

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New Mexico Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityThe State of New Mexico Licensing Board only has a reciprocal agreement as it relates to journeyman electricians but none for contractors licensing. More info here.