Electrical Regulations by State - New Mexico

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CODE

Installations must conform to the latest edition of the 2008 National Electrical Code and the 2008 New Mexico Electrical Code. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

ENFORCEMENT

All new, altered, or extensively repaired electrical installations are subject to inspection by state or municipal inspectors.

LICENSING

All electrical contractors and journeyman electricians must be licensed by the Construction Industries Division (CID). Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

Electrical Contractor

Applicants must demonstrate proof of financial responsibility; not have engaged in illegal contracting activity in New Mexico within one year prior to making application; demonstrate familiarity with rules, regulations, and codes; submit proof of registration with the taxation and revenue department; and demonstrate four years practical trade experience specifically related to the type of construction for which application is being made. Electrical contractors are issued a certificate of qualification after passing an examination by the Construction Industries Division.

Types of certificates:

  • ER-1 Residential – 2 years
  • EE-98 Electrical (includes ER-1, ES Classifications) – 4 years
  • EL-1 Electrical Distribution Systems including Transmission Lines – 4 years
  • ES-1 Electrical Signs/Outline Lighting – 2 years
  • ES-2 Cathodic Protection and Lightning Protection – 2 years
  • ES-3 Sound and Intercommunication and Electrical Alarm Systems – 2 years
  • ES-7 Telephone Communications Systems – 2 years
Journeyman Electrician

Applicant must demonstrate required number of years experience as an apprentice electrician and pass the examination. Journeyman electricians are issued a certificate of competence by the Construction Industries Division.

Type of certificates:

  • EE-98J Electrical (includes all ESJ Specialties) – 4 years
  • EL-1J Electrical Distribution Systems, including Transmission Lines – 2 years
  • ES-1J Electrical Signs and Outline Lighting – 2 years
  • ES-2J Cathodic Protection and Lightning Protection – 2 years
  • ES-3J Sound and Intercommunication and Electrical Alarm Systems – 2 years
  • ER-1 Residential – 2 years
  • ES-7J Telephone Communications Systems – 2 years

*The fee for a certificate of competence is $25 per year for each classification held.*

FeesApplicationExaminationRenewal
Electrical Contractor $100.00 $200.00 $100.00/yr
Journeyman Electrician $100.00 $200.00 $100.00/yr

RECIPROCITY

None

CONTACT
DIVISION OFFICES
  • 2550 Cerrillos Road
  • Santa Fe, NM 87505
  • (505) 476-4700
  • (505) 476-4685 fax
  • 5200 Oakland NE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87113
  • (505) 222-9800
  • (505) 765-5670 fax
  • 505 S. Main Street, Suite 150
  • Loretto Town Center
  • Las Cruces, NM 88004
  • (505) 524-6320
  • (505) 524-6319 fax

For the latest information regarding examination fees

CONTACT
  • Thomson Prometric
  • 1221 St. Francis Drive, Suite B
  • Santa Fe, NM 87505
  • (505) 982-8197
  • (505) 986-1299 fax

or

  • 3311 Candelaria N.E. Suite C
  • Albuquerque, NM 87107
  • (505) 884-5850
  • (505) 883-7696