New Mexico Firearm Bill of Sale Form

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Updated July 06, 2022

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 as required by NM Stat. § 30-7-7.1(2).

Prohibited from Buying

As outlined in NM Stat. § 30-7-16(A), a person is prohibited from owning or purchasing a firearm in New Mexico if that person is:

  • a felon;
  • a person subject to an order of protection pursuant to Section 40-13-5 or 40-13A-5 NMSA 1978; or
  • a person convicted of any of the following crimes:
    • battery against a household member pursuant to Section 30-3-15 NMSA 1978;
    • criminal damage to property of a household member pursuant to Section 30-3-18 NMSA 1978;
    • a first offense of stalking pursuant to Section 30-3A-3 NMSA 1978; 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

In accordance with NM Stat. § 30-7-2(5), 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.

How to Apply

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

Step 1 – Complete a firearms training course approved by the Department of Public Safety in accordance with NM Stat. § 29-19-7.

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.


It is established by NM Stat. § 29-19-12-E that New Mexico will only recognize concealed carry permits from other states if they meet or exceed the provisions in New Mexico’s Concealed Handgun Carry Act. 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.