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General Construction

The General Construction licenses are issued by the General Building Bureau. All applications for licenses and examinations must be submitted through PSI© (business and law examination will be needed as well). Approved licenses have 3-year effectiveness from the date of issuance.

The Construction Industries Division (CID) issues the licenses to qualified entities that are owned or that employ certified Qualifying Parties in the General Construction category. Once obtaining a license, contracting can only be done within the scope of the chosen trade.

For further information on becoming a Qualifying Party, visit PSI©. While navigating through all these licenses, it is useful to understand the meaning of the different acronyms. Recall that G stands for general construction, E stands for electrical, and M stands for mechanical/plumbing. These first letters are typically followed by an A, B, F, or an S, which stand for asphalt, building, fixed works, and specialties.

General Construction Classification Trades

  • Fixed Works
    • Airports (GF-1)
    • Bridges (GF-2)
    • Canals, Reservoirs, or Irrigation Systems (GF-3)
    • CORE (GF)
    • Drainage or Flood Control Systems (GF-4)
    • Fixed Works (GF-98)
    • Recreation Areas (GF-5)
    • Railroad and Tunnel Construction (GF-6)
    • Roofing (GS-21)
    • Tanks and Tower (GF-7)
    • Transmission Lines, Tanks, and Substations (NonElectrical) (GF-8)
    • Utility Lines (GF-9)
  • Asphalt, Bitumen and Concrete Construction
    • Asphalt, Bitumen and Concrete Construction (GA)
    • Asphalt, Bitumen and Concrete Construction (GA-98)
    • Curbs, Gutters, and Culverts (GA-3)
    • Highway Signs and Guard Rails (GA-5)
    • Maintenance and Repair (GA-2)
    • Streets, Roads, and Highways (GA-1)
    • Striping (GA-4)
  • Residential and Commercial Building
    • General Building (GB-98)
    • General Building Contractor Part 2 Examination (GB-98)
    • Residential (GB-2)
    • Residential Building Contractor Part 1 Examination (GB-2)
  • Specialty Classifications
    • Acoustical Insulation and Insulation (GS-1)
    • Awnings and Canopies (GS-2)
    • Caissons, Piers and Pile Sriving (GS-15)
    • Concrete, Cement, Walkways, and Driveways (GS-4)
    • Concrete Coring, Drilling and Slab Sawing (GS-34)
    • Demolition (GS-5)
    • Door Installation (GS-6)
    • Drywall Installation and Texture (GS-7)
    • Earthmoving, Excavation, and Ditching (GS-8)
    • Elevators, Escalators, Conveyors (GS-9)
    • Framing (GS-13)
    • General Building Inspector
    • Masonry (GS-16)
    • Miscellaneous Sheet Metal (GS-32)
    • Plastering, Stucco and Lathing (GS-30)
    • Sign Construction (Non-Electrical) (GS-23)
    • Structural Steel Erection (GS-24)
    • Swimming Pools (GS-25)
    • Windows, Doors and Skylights (GS-14)

Experience Requirements for General Construction licenses in NM

New Mexico requires all contractors applying for one of the general construction licenses to have at least two years of documented experience in their respective fields. The exception to these requirements is the GA-98 (Asphalt, Bitumen, and Concrete Construction), GB-98 (General Building), and the GF-98 (Fixed Works) licenses; for those three licenses, applicants must show proof of four years of experience.

How to apply for the General Construction licenses?

  1. Select the trade based on the scope of work performed.
  2. Apply for eligibility through PSI©.
  3. Send these documents via mail with the corresponding application fee to:
    PSI©
    2820 Broadbent Pkwy NE Suites E & F
    Albuquerque, NM 87107

    877-663-9267
  4. Once the documents and the eligibility have been approved, schedule and pay for the examination.
  5. After exam approval, complete the Application for Contractor License and the Construction Industries Division Contractor License Code Bond.
  6. Gather the following documents to be sent:
  7. The application must be sent by mail to:
    PSI©
    2820 Broadbent Pkwy NE Suites E & F
    Albuquerque, NM 87107

    (877) 663-9267
  8. Once accepted, the license will be delivered via USPS.

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Contact Information for General Construction

Regulation and Licensing Department

RLD – Albuquerque Office
5500 San Antonio Dr. Suite F
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109

(505) 222-9800

Construction Industries Division (CID)

CID – Santa Fe Office
2550 Cerrillos Road – 3rd Floor
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

(505) 476-4700

CID – Las Cruces Office
505 South Main Street, Suite 103
Loretto Town Center
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

(575) 524-6320

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General Building Bureau

Bureau Chief: Martin Romero
(505) 795-1640
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PSI©

2820 Broadbent Pkwy NE, Suite E&F
Albuquerque, NM 87107

(877) 663-9267