New Mexico Concealed Handgun License Reciprocity Map

Everything about New Mexico, Permits, and Conceal Carrying a Weapon Below.

New Mexico CCW Reciprocity State Info

New Mexico Reciprocity, New Mexico Honors these permits:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

Idaho – New Mexico will only honor Idaho’s Enhanced Permits.

New Mexico Concealed Weapons Permits are honored in These States:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

No Permit Needed States

The following states have permitless carry which allows anyone that can legally possess a firearm carry conceal:  Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia.  Some restrictions may apply.  Check each state for its own restrictions.

No Permit Carry Needed, With Restrictions

Idaho, North Dakota, and Wyoming Residents are allowed to Concealed Carry without a permit.

New Mexico Conceal Carry Permits not Honored in these states:

NOT Honored by These States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New York City, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, Wyoming, American Samoa, N. Mariana Islands.

New Mexico Conceal Carry Permit Information

New Mexico CHL Application Fee

New Permits: $100
Renewal: $75

Residents & Non Residents

 

New Mexico gun laws are some of the least restrictive in the United States. The State operates on a “Shall Issue” policy. CHL's are not issued to non-residents but your out-of-state permit can be transferred over to a New Mexico one. Open carry is legal without a license but you will need a CHL to conceal carry. Applicants for a concealed handgun license must be 21 or older, completed a firearms training course, and meet other criteria.

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Valid for How Long

New Mexico concealed carry handgun license is valid for 4 years

Shall Issue State

 

New Mexico is a “shall issue” state.
Residents only.

Is New Mexico an Open Carry State?

Can I open carry in New Mexico? 

YES – Without a Permit/License
You are legally entitled to open carry in New Mexico without a permit and open carry is common in this state. Without a permit you cannot enter a place that sells alcohol.

How long does it take to get a concealed weapons permit in Mew Mexico?

30 Days
The application for a concealed handgun license must be processed within 30 days of the application being received.

New Mexico Concealed handgun license Requirements

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Complete a firearms training course.
  • A resident of New Mexico or is a member of the armed forces whose permanent duty station is located in New Mexico.
  • You are not a fugitive from justice.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction.
  • You are not currently under indictment for a felony criminal offense in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction.
  • You are not otherwise prohibited by federal law or the law of any other jurisdiction from purchasing or possessing a firearm.
  • You have not been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution.
  • You are not addicted to alcohol or controlled substances.
  • You have satisfactorily completed a firearms training course.
  • You have not received a;
    1. conditional discharge, a diversion or a deferment or been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a misdemeanor offense involving a crime of violence within the ten year period preceding application;
    2. been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs within five years immediately preceding the application for a concealed handgun license;
    3. been convicted within the ten year period preceding application of a misdemeanor offense involving the possession or abuse of a controlled substance; or
    4. been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving assault, battery or battery against a household member.

Can I carry a gun in my car in New Mexico?

YES – Without a Permit/License
New Mexico law allows a person who is not otherwise prohibited to have a concealed loaded firearm in his/her vehicle (including motorcycles and bicycles). If you are not licensed to carry concealed in this State or in a state that New Mexico recognizes, you may not have the weapon concealed on your person when you exit your vehicle. You may open carry outside the vehicle.

You can not apply for a concealed handgun license

in New Mexico if you:

  • if you are not 21 years or older
  • Are not a citizen of the USA
  • Have not completed a firearms course
  • Are not a resident of New Mexico
  • Are a fugitive
  • Have been convicted of a felony
  • Are under indictment
  • Been judged to be mentally incompetent
  • Are addicted to drugs or alcohol
  • Have not completed a firearms safety course
  • been convicted of a crime of violence within the preceding 10 years
  • had a DUI in the past 5 years

Where to Apply for New Mexico concealed handgun license

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

NM Department of Public Safety,
SID/Concealed Carry Unit,
6301 Indian School Rd. NE Suite 310,
Albuquerque, NM 87110

phone (505) 841 8053

https://www.dps.nm.gov/top-links-for-nm-residents/concealed-carry-licenses

New Mexico Concealed handgun license Laws

  • Notify officer of Carry

    There is no mention in New Mexico gun laws that you need to inform Law enforcement you are carrying a concealed firearm. But by law you must have your handgun license on you at all times you are carrying a firearm and produce this to an officer if requested.

  • In New Mexico, Can you Conceal Carry in bar? Conceal Carry In Liquor establishments?

    YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
    You can enter the restaurant if it sells only beer or wine, if they sell hard liquor then carry is not permitted. If “No Carry” signs are posted or you are told by staff then you may not enter the restaurant with a firearm.

  • Not allowed to carry in these areas

    • Public schools, colleges and universities, except in a vehicle if older than 19
    • Preschools
    • Law enforcement agency facilities
    • Courts, any State, County, Municipal or Tribal Court
    • State wild life management areas
    • Tribal land
    • Public buses
    • Airport security zones
    • On private property where the owner has posted signs indicating that you may not carry or if the owner tells you that you cannot
    • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

  • Constitutional carry

    No

  • Carry in Restaurant

    YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
    You can enter the restaurant if it sells only beer or wine, if they sell hard liquor then carry is not permitted. If “No Carry” signs are posted or you are told by staff then you may not enter the restaurant with a firearm.

  • Carry in State Parks

    • State parks-yes
    • State and national forests-yes
    • Road side rest areas-yes
    • Vehicle=yes
    • All areas of the state – except those listed on cannot carry section

  • Premises that have signs that state no firearms allowed:


    New Mexico gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

    It is recommended that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of 

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