Concealed Handgun Carry Info

NMDPS Concealed Handgun Carry Unit
6301 Indian School Rd NE Ste. 310
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Ph: (505) 841-8053
Office hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM
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The Concealed Carry Unit is notifying all instructors of the recent repeal and replacement of Rule 10.8.2 NMAC Carrying Concealed Handguns that implements the Concealed Handgun Carry Act, and establishes requirements and procedure regarding licenses to carry concealed handguns and instructors and firearms training courses.

Changes to the existing rule include, and are not limited to, amendments and additions regarding: the objective of the rule and citations of statutory authority; definitions; procedures for filings, correspondence, and inquiries; filings considered incomplete; proof of residency requirements; proof of disposition of charges; application requirements for a license; documents required for a license; license application review and issuance; requirements for reciprocity, recognition, and transfer of license; documents required to be submitted; forms to be submitted to the Department and how obtained; electronic fingerprinting; firearms training requirements and exceptions; procedures for additional categories and for higher caliber handguns on license; procedures for renewal and replacement of licenses; when licensees may be disarmed and have license confiscated; terms and conditions of license; conditions for denial, suspension or revocation of a license; conditions for approval of instructors and firearms training; procedures for background investigations; conditions for suspension or revocation of an instructor permit; responsibilities of approved instructors; hearing procedures; appeals procedures; departmental immunity; refresher course requirements; training requirements for instructors; mounted patrol officers, retired law enforcement, and military persons qualifications for a license; payments and fees; and other clarifications and modifications as allowed by applicable law.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Thomas Durham at (505)841-2242 or via email at

NMDPS administers the Concealed Handgun Carry Licensing Program under the authority of the New Mexico Concealed Handgun Carry Act of 2003 . NMDPS licenses individuals to carry concealed handguns within New Mexico, evaluates the eligibility of applicants through criminal history background checks and monitors those currently licensed to ensure their continued eligibility.

When you provide a payment, you authorize the State of New Mexico to either use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.

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