Forms and Applications
Please remember to make a copy of all forms and applications for your records before submitting them to this Division.
There are new procedures for applicants submitting fingerprints for liquor licensing with the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Division. All applicants will need to first call this Division and speak with a hearing officer to confirm that your fingerprints are required, if so you must register online first with www.cogentid.com and click on New Mexico then, under Applicant Use – Register Online for a Background Check, or you may use the Call Center at 877-996-6277 for registration or questions. Cogent’s website does have - Fingerprint Location Map under Useful Information, for their closest location to you which should not be at most more than one hour away for anyone in the State of New Mexico. The fingerprinting fee is still $44.00 but the money order, if you don’t pay online, must be made out to 3M Cogent. Also, our ORI # is NM920020Z, which is #290 on their ORI lookup and the reason fingerprinted is 60-3A-9 Alcohol Licensing. If you are out of state and submitting fingerprint cards for processing you are still required to register with Cogent, but you will need to submit the fingerprint cards, forms, copy of registration receipt from Cogent and fee (still made out to 3M Cogent), to this office and we will submit them to Cogent after verification of compliance with the Liquor Control Act. It is VERY important when submitting fingerprints cards that the reason fingerprinted is very specific, i.e., you are the President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Director, Owner with percentage, Member with percentage, etc.
Because the Liquor Control Act does not allow for a convicted felon to own or be an officer on a liquor license this agency requires such persons to be fingerprinted to receive the background reports from the State and Federal level. Therefore the Federal Bureau of Investigation requires the following notice:
Applicant Notification and Record Challenge
Officials at the governmental institutions and other entities authorized to submit fingerprints and receive FBI identification records under this authority must notify the individuals fingerprinted that the fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history records of the FBI. The officials making the determination of suitability for licensing or employment shall provide the applicants the opportunity to complete, or challenge the accuracy of, the information contained in the FBI identification record. These officials also must advise the applicants that procedures for obtaining a change, correction, or updating of an FBI identification record are set forth in Title 28, C.F.R., § 16.34. Officials making such determinations should not deny the license or employment based on information in the record until the applicant has been afforded a reasonable time to correct or complete the record, or has declined to do so. (Title 42, U.S.C., §14616, Article IV (c); Title 28 C.F.R., § 50.12 (b))