How to Get a New Mexico Adjuster License

Author: Ethan Peyton
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License Process

Step

Cost

Step 1. Exam Prep Course

$179

Step 2. State Adjuster Exam

$75

Step 3. Application

$30

Step 4. Fingerprints

$59

To get your New Mexico Adjuster license, you’ll need to follow a few steps. These steps include taking a New Mexico adjuster course, passing the state adjuster exam, filing your application and paying licensing fees, and submitting your fingerprints.

We’ve put together this step-by-step guide to ensure your licensing journey is as simple and inexpensive as possible. This guide also covers adjuster requirements and prerequisites along with steps to take after getting your license. 


New Mexico Adjuster License Requirements

Before you begin the steps to getting your New Mexico adjuster license there’s a few requirements you’ll need to ensure you qualify.

  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must be a resident of New Mexico (non-residents will need to apply for a different license)
  • You must be able to pass a background check (more info in step 4)

Along with these requirements, you’ll also need to choose which lines of insurance you’d like to work within.

  • Independent Adjuster
  • Staff Adjuster

New Mexico Adjuster License Course

Before you apply for the license or take the exam, you’ll need to take a New Mexico Adjuster License course.

This course will do a few things:

  1. Fill your required pre-license education hours
  2. Prepare you to pass the exam

Some courses offer not only test prep and pre-license credits, but instruction on the day-to-day operations and duties of an adjuster. If you don’t have any experience handling claims, it would be wise to consider these higher-level courses.

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More than 83% of our readers use their courses to pass the exam.

How to Get a New Mexico Adjuster License

To get a New Mexico Adjuster license, you’ll complete your adjuster course, pass the exam, file your application and fees, then submit your fingerprints.

A common question we receive is: How much is the New Mexico adjuster license? Prices will vary depending on the type of license, but the most common license will cost as little as $164.

Another common question is: How long does it take to get the New Mexico adjuster license? If you take the proper time to study and pass the exam on your first attempt, the process should take around 3-4 weeks.

Step 1: New Mexico Adjuster License Course

Step

Cost

Link

Step 1. Exam Prep Course

$179

The first step to getting your adjuster license is taking your test-prep course.

As mentioned above, we recommend AdjusterPro’s courses.

The prices of these courses range depending on the provider and level of coursework, but generally start around $179.

Be sure that you’re comfortable with the material in the coursework before moving on to your state exam. AdjusterPro recommends that you consistently score 90% or better on the course quizzes before taking the real test.

Step 2: New Mexico Adjuster Exam

Step

Cost

Link

Step 2. State Adjuster Exam

$75

Once you’ve completed your adjuster pre-license education course, the next step is to pass the New Mexico Adjuster Exam.

To register to take the exam, use the Prometric New Mexico website

The price for each attempt of the exam is $75

The New Mexico Adjuster Exam passing score is 70%.

Depending on the type of license you’re working toward, the number of questions and time allotted for the exam differ. See the table below for details.

Adjuster License TypeCostQuestionsTime AllottedExam Outline
Independent Adjuster$75501 hourExam Outline
Staff Adjuster$75501 hourExam Outline

Is the New Mexico Adjuster Exam Hard?

A common question we receive is: Is the adjuster exam hard?

Difficulty is a subjective matter, but we answer this question with: Yes. The exam is intentionally tough.

Don’t let this discourage you. Keep in mind that most folks who take this exam haven’t taken any formal tests since high school or college. The state intentionally makes these tests difficult in the hopes of protecting the average citizen from working with adjusters who don’t understand the laws and guidelines surrounding insurance.

The key to passing the exam is to take your exam-prep course seriously and allow yourself time for in-depth study. 

Check out our Adjuster Exam Study Guide for tips and strategies to pass your exam on the first attempt.

Step 3: New Mexico Adjuster Application

Step

Cost

Link

Step 3. Application

$30

Once you’ve passed your exam, the next step is to apply for your license.

The fee to submit an application is $30. 

Apply for your license using the NIPR New Mexico Insurance Application page.

Note

If you are affiliated with an insurance adjuster (IA) firm, you have to submit a Business Affiliation Form and submit it along with your adjuster license application along with a fee of $20. 

Step 4: Submit Your Fingerprints

Step

Cost

Link

Step 4. Fingerprints

$59

Once you’ve submitted your license application, the last step in the process is to submit your fingerprints for a background check. 

You can schedule a fingerprinting appointment online via IdentoGo

The fee to process your fingerprints is $59.

Note: Submitting your fingerprints will initiate a background check. If you have any past offenses on your record and are curious of your eligibility for an insurance license, reach out to the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance (NMSI) for clarification. 

Application and Background Check Processing

Once you’ve completed all of the steps above you’ll just need to wait for the background check to come back and the licensing department to process all the paperwork. NMSI will contact you if they need any supporting documentation or have any questions. Be sure to respond promptly to any requests.

If everything goes smoothly, you’ll receive a message from the licensing department within about ten business days containing your license number and any other pertinent information.

Congratulations! You are now a licensed insurance adjuster in New Mexico!


After Getting Your License

Now that you’re licensed, you can get to work! Most folks take one of two paths at this point. They choose to become an independent adjuster or a staff adjuster.

The main difference is that staff adjusters are employed by one firm, usually an insurance company, whereas independent adjusters operate as contractors, normally being “rostered” to multiple Independent Adjusting (IA) firms.

If you’re interested in becoming a staff adjuster, check out the current job openings on StateRequirement Jobs

If the independent adjuster role is more alluring (we think it is), check out AdjusterPro’s IA Directory

Adjuster Certifications

To be considered a great candidate for IA firms or insurance companies, you’ll need to prove that you know how to actually work an insurance claim. Certifications show that you know your stuff and will give you a strong advantage over other candidates. 

While there are several adjuster certifications available, focus on Xactimate and Insurance Company certs first.

Xactimate Certifications

Xactimate is the industry standard software used by adjusters and insurance companies. There are three levels of certification offered by Xactimate

You should strongly consider levels one and two now, and look into level three after you’ve spent some time in the field.

Insurance Company Adjuster Certifications

Large insurance companies like State Farm, Allstate, Liberty Mutual, and others require that adjusters (staff or independent) get their specific certifications. 

To get these certs, you’ll need to be on the roster of an IA firm that works with that company. They offer courses to their adjusters throughout the year. Staff adjusters that work for the insurance company will be provided training and certification through their employer.

It’s widely accepted that State Farm’s adjuster certification is the most valuable insurance company cert. They are the largest insurer in the US, and therefore have more claims than other insurers.

Out-of-State and Reciprocal Licensing

Most claims, especially catastrophe (CAT) claims come from weather events. And since you can’t control the weather, you should get licenses in states outside your home state. These are called Non-Resident Adjuster Licenses.

IA firms are much more likely to both roster you and select you for work if you are licensed in states where they operate. If you’re already on a roster or two, talk with your contact there to see if they recommend a state to get licensed in.

The best states to start with are generally those that neighbor your home state. For New Mexico, this includes:

  • Arizona
  • Utah
  • Colorado (no license required)
  • Texas

All these states (except Colorado) offer what’s called reciprocation with New Mexico. This means that you don’t need to take a pre-licensing course or pass an exam in order to get their license. All you need to do is apply, pay the fee, and you’ll be licensed quickly.

License Renewal and Continuing Education

The New Mexico Adjuster License expires every two years. To keep your license active, you must:

  • Complete 24 hours of continuing education (CE) coursework
  • Pay the renewal fee of $60

Any additional non-resident licenses you hold will also expire. Most state licenses expire every two years and require a renewal fee. Note that unless the state specifically requires it, you will not be required to take CE courses for each state – just your home state.

Find instructions on our New Mexico Adjuster License Renewal guide.


References and Links

New Mexico Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Office of Superintendent of Insurance
Producer Licensing Bureau
1120 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505-827-4349
Agents.licensing@osi.nm.gov