New Mexico Contractor License Bond

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What is a New Mexico contractor license bond?

Individuals and businesses seeking a contractor’s license in New Mexico need a contractor license bond. The set bond amount is $10,000, regulated by the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, Construction Industries Division (CID). 

A contractor bond guarantees that clients receive compensation for damages if a contractor fails to comply with state and local licensing laws. The New Mexico State legislature enacted Statute 60-13-12 to ensure that contractors engage in ethical business practices. 

Learn more about how contractor license bonds work in our complete guide.

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How much does a contractor bond cost in New Mexico?

The $10,000 contractor license bond generally costs $100 per year. Contractor licenses in New Mexico are valid for three years after the date of issuance and expire on the last day of the month of issue. Licenses and bonds must be renewed on or before their expiration date to remain valid and for contractors to continue work legally.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re a contractor with employees, you need a workers’ compensation policy. If you have a corporation or LLC, you must obtain workers’ compensation insurance even if you don’t have employees. Only contractors acting as sole ownerships with no employees (besides the owners) are exempt. General liability coverage isn’t required in New Mexico.

To avoid claims against your bond, follow all New Mexico building code requirements. Claims can be costly in time and money. If a client makes any valid complaint against your work, address it immediately before it turns into a bond claim.

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