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Attorney Admission, Swearing In Ceremony, and Roll of Attorneys FAQ
● When will I receive my State Bar of New Mexico number/card?
Bar numbers and Bar cards are issued by the New Mexico State Bar. Applicants can expect to receive them via mail a few weeks after being sworn in and admitted to practice.
● How soon after being sworn in can I practice? Do I need to wait for my Bar number?
Having met all other admission requirements under Rules 15-101 – 406 NMRA, once the applicant is sworn in and has signed the Roll of Attorneys, they are fully admitted to practice law; they can appear in court and otherwise act as an attorney. The issuance of the bar card/number is a formality following admission to the bar. See Rule 15-302 NMRA.
● I am a limited license attorney; do I need to sign the Roll of Attorneys?
If you are admitted to practice under a limited license, you are not eligible to sign the Roll of Attorneys.
● I am an attorney located outside of New Mexico. Do I need to appear in person?
Yes. There are no distance or electronic options available for being sworn in or signing the Roll of Attorneys.
● When will I receive my Wall License?
All wall licenses are hand-printed by an offsite calligrapher. Applicants can expect to receive them via mail six to eight months after being sworn-in and admitted to practice.
● How can I change my contact information?
Please use the Changes to Contact Information request portal located on the Supreme Court’s website, located under the tab marked “For Attorneys.”
● How can I request confirmation of my active status?
Please use the Certificates of Good Standing request portal located on the Supreme Court’s website, located under the tab marked “For Attorneys.” After submitting your request, please pay the $1.00 fee online or via check/cash. As indicated on the portal, we will process your request once payment is received.
● I need documents proving admission, disciplinary history, and current standing. Where can I request these?
All of this information is included in a Certificate of Good Standing. The certificates can be requested via the Certificates of Good Standing request portal located on the Supreme Court’s website, located under the tab marked “For Attorneys.”