NMREC Announces Procedural Changes Regarding License Renewal and Fingerprinting

Due to the public health emergency declared by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in Executive Order 2020-004, and to the cancellation of continuing education (CE) opportunities, the New Mexico Real Estate Commission will implement the following procedures through the Regulation and Licensing Department, Boards and Commissions staff: 

Renewal Process and Procedures 
  • Boards and Commissions staff will process renewals without the proof of continuing CE credit needed for renewal during the pendency of the public health emergency instituted by Executive Order 2020-004.
  • Licensees submitting renewals without the sufficient CE credits will be required to give notice to the commission through the notice procedures established by the Public Email Noticed on March 17, 2020.
  • If all other license renewal requirements are met, licenses will be renewed without proof of CE credits.
  • When the public health emergency is lifted, Boards and Commissions staff will send out a notice to licensees stating that the licensee has three (3) months to submit their proof of CE or be subject to discipline by the Commission.
Suspension of Fingerprint Submission for License Renewal
  1. Temporary suspension of the statutorily required fingerprint submission will be granted only on a case-by-case basis by the Commission.
  2. All requests for temporary suspension of submission of fingerprint cards shall be made in writing to the Commission at the following email address:  RLDRealEstate.Comsn@state.nm.us or to via U.S. Mail to the address listed.
  3. All requests will be reviewed for approval by the Commission Chair. The renewal applicant will receive written approval or denial from the Commission Chair.
  4. Licensee must acknowledge in writing, the receipt of the approval or denial. Denials will not be subject to review by any other entity.
  5. Criteria for review and the approval of temporary suspension shall be based upon all or one of the following:
    a.  medical exception, health, and safety of the renewal applicant;
    b.  potential for economic harm to the applicant;
    c.  physical location of the renewal applicant;
    d.  lack of resources for travel to open location; and
    e.  health and safety-related to community spread etc.
  6. After the renewal applicants written request is approved in writing, if all other license renewal requirements are met, the license will be renewed without the required fingerprint submission.
  7. When the public health emergency is lifted, Boards and Commissions staff will send out a notice to licensees stating that the licensee has one (1) month from the date the emergency is lifted, to submit their fingerprints to the Commission or be subject to disciplinary action.

For initial (first time) applicants, the requirement to submit fingerprints pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 61-29-4.4 will NOT be suspended during the public health emergency. The Boards and Commissions staff will work with the Department of Public Safety and other public and private agencies to communicate with applicants regarding where fingerprinting may still available. Initial applicants must follow the procedures in the Boards and Commissions public notice regarding COVID-19 dated March 16, 2020.

The public notice is located at the following: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/uploads/files/BCD/BCD%203_16_2020%20COVID-19%20Public%20Announcement.pdf

New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department 
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