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New Mexico Firearm Bill of Sale Form

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New Mexico Firearm Bill of Sale Form

Updated September 12, 2023

A New Mexico firearm bill of sale form is a document that a seller and buyer can use to prove that a legal sale of a firearm was transacted in the State of New Mexico. This document provides information about the seller, the buyer, and the firearm. It also serves as proof of a change of ownership for the protection of both parties. It is recommended that this form be notarized.

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Privately Selling a Firearm

Any person who can legally purchase and own a firearm in New Mexico can also sell one. If they do not have a federal firearms dealer’s license, they must utilize a person or business that does in order to complete the required federal background check on the potential buyer.[1] 

Prohibited from Buying

A person is prohibited from owning or purchasing a firearm in New Mexico if that person is:[2]

  • a felon;
  • a person subject to an order of protection;[3]
  • a person convicted of any of the following crimes:
    • battery against a household member;[4]
    • criminal damage to property of a household member;[5] 
    • a first offense of stalking;[6] or
    • a crime listed in 18 U.S.C. 921.

Registering a Firearm

The state of New Mexico does not have any laws requiring firearms owners to register their weapons at the state level.

Concealed Carry

No person can carry a concealed weapon in New Mexico without first obtaining a valid Concealed Handgun License from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.[7]

How to Apply

An applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years old.[8]

Step 1 – Complete a firearms training course approved by the Department of Public Safety.[9] 

Step 2 – Submit the following to the department:

  • Completed Concealed Handgun License Application;
  • Non-refundable application fee, two full sets of fingerprints;
  • Certified copy of evidence that applicant completed a firearm safety course as referenced in Step 1;
  • Two-color photos of the applicant;
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship; and 
  • Proof of New Mexico residency.


New Mexico will only recognize concealed carry permits from other states[10] if they meet or exceed the provisions in New Mexico’s Concealed Handgun Carry Act.[11]

The following states have permits that are not recognized by the state of New Mexico: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.


  1. NM Stat. § 30-7-7.1(2)
  2. NM Stat. § 30-7-16(A)
  3. N.M. Stat. § 40-13-5
  4. N.M. Stat. § 30-3-15
  5. N.M. Stat. § 30-3-18
  6. N.M. Stat. § 30-3A-3.1
  7. N.M. Stat. § 30-7-2(5)
  8. N.M. Code R. §
  9. N.M. Stat. § 29-19-7
  10. N.M. Stat. § 29-19-12(E)
  11. N.M. Code R. §