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New Mexico Residential Contractors License

get new mexico contractors licenseA New Mexico Residential Building Contractor services include to bid and contract for any residential construction, remodeling or renovation project.


New Mexico Residential 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 Residential 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 Residential Contractors Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationThe New Mexico Residential Contractor exam has 80 questions and a time limit of 220 minutes. A 75% is required to pass. Topics on the exam include sitework, concrete, masonry; carpentry; doors and windows; metals; drywall and finishes; thermal and moisture protection; general code; plan reading and estimating; and OSHA safety. 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. Topics on the exam include licensing requirements, estimating and bidding, business organization and financial management, tax laws, labor laws, project management and lien law, contractors, risk management, and environment and safety. The fee for the exam is $44. To schedule your exam, you must be first pre-approved. More info here.

Residential GB-2 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: 80

Time Allowed: 220 minutes


Books That Are Allowed Into The Exam


1. New Mexico Administrative Code Title 14 NMAC.


2. New Mexico Residential Building Code (NMAC 14.7.3), 2009, New Mexico Commission of Public Records.


3. International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 2015, ICC.


4. International Energy Conservation Code, 2009, International Code Council.


5. The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 3rd Edition, 2005, American Society of Concrete Contractors.


6. Roofing Construction and Estimating, 1995, Daniel Atcheson.


7. Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2013.


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


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


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


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


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.