Psychologist Examiners: FAQs
Q: What are the educational requirements to be licensed as a psychologist?
Applicants must hold doctoral degree with in clinical, counseling or school psychology from an accredited college or university.
Q: What tests must be passed to qualify for licensure in New Mexico?
All applicants must pass Examination for Practice in Professional Psychology with a minimum of 70 percent score, administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards; and the Examination of Ethics and New Mexico Jurisprudence with a minimum of 75 percent score. The fee to take the jurisprudence exam is $75.
Q: What if I am already licensed in another U.S. state, territorial possession of the United States, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Canadian province, or other country?
Reciprocity may be granted if:
- Hold an active license in that jurisdiction,
- Have a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field
- Have been licensed for 10 years
- Have no pending disciplinary actions, no formal disciplinary actions issued against your license in the past five years, and no past suspensions or revocations
Q: Am I required to submit a background check?
You will be required to submit a background check for initial licensure and as part of licensure renewal. All licensee and applicants are required to submit a background check using the NM Board of Psychologist Examiners ORI number.
Q: What is the fee and where do I send my fingerprint cards?
Submit both fingerprint cards to the NM Department of Public Safety with a money order or cashier’s check for $44 made payable to the “NM Department of Public Safety” to P.O. Box 1628, Santa Fe NM 87504. This is the charge for the FBI and the state record.
Q: What is inappropriate representation?
In the event the applicant publicly represents him or her inappropriately, or supervision is not conducted according to board rules, any experience gained under such circumstances does not comply with these rules and regulations and will not be accepted as experience toward licensure. Any psychologist providing supervision under such circumstances is in violation of these rules and regulations and may be subject to disciplinary action.