licensing requirements are there in New Mexico?
New businesses in New Mexico may be required to register
with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.
Businesses may also need to report tax income and
withholdings. If your business has employees, you
will need to register with the New Mexico Department
To register a business in New Mexico, your business
may need to apply for separate occupational licensing
from the cities or counties where the business is
located. There is no General Business State License.
THE LINKS TO YOUR CITY BELOW TO APPLY FOR A BUSINESS
What kind of occupational licenses are available?
There are over 30 different specialized occupational
business licenses available. You can visit the New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department website to see a list of the licenses available. Each license
also has a link to the commission or committee and
their requirements for licensing. You can also contact
New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department for
additional information at 505-476-4500.
There are available online applications for specialized
occupational businesses. To find out which are available,
visit the New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department website.
What is needed to register a business at
the city/county level in New Mexico?
To register your business in most cities in New Mexico,
you may need to do the following:
• Register with the Zoning Code Services division
of the Planning Department
• Obtain State Tax Identification Number for your
• File the cities business license/regulations application.
Most are available online or in person
• Choose business entity (DBA, General Partnership,
While doing business in New Mexico, you will need
to also choose a business entity (i.e., Corporation,
Partnership, Sole Proprietor, etc.). Many of the state
licenses depend on which type of entity your business
is structured under.
What type of questions will be asked on the
Depending on the type of application applying for,
you will most likely be asked:
• Name of business
• Address/location of business
• Tax Identification Number (EIN
• Owners names and addresses
• Any employees
• Type of ownership
• Date business started
You will also be asked to send in a check or money
order for the application fee. The application fee may vary depending on
the city fees and different applications.
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