NM: Going Paperless
New rules, license fees and application methods will require
Mexico hunters to do some homework before planning their
for the 2012-13 seasons. Dramatic changes adopted by the
Legislature or approved by the State Game Commission will affect
application process, season dates and how many licenses are
for state residents.
The changes were designed to streamline the application and
process, provide more hunting opportunities for state residents,
make drawing results and refunds available much sooner.
Say goodbye to paper application forms. Beginning
next year, applications for all licenses will be made
through the Department’s online application system
Hunters who have applied for licenses the past three
seasons already are familiar with the system, as they
have been required to obtain a Customer ID Number
online before applying. Going paperless will simply
extend that process. Since the Department first began
offering online applications in 2005, the number of online
applicants has increased from 54 percent to 82 percent.
Having all applications online will eliminate timeconsuming
sorting and counting, further increasing
accuracy and speeding up the process considerably.
Hunters will know their draw results one month after
the deadline, instead of having to wait three months
under the old system. Unsuccessful applicants also
will receive their refunds much sooner.
License and application fees will be charged at the
time of application. Applicants can pay by credit card
or electronic check, a new convenience beginning
next year. Once an application is complete, it can not
be changed, only deleted. Applicants can reapply, and
will receive a refund for the deleted application after
First, get your Game-hunting License
New legislation requires everyone who hunts or
applies for a license in New Mexico to purchase
a Game-hunting License or a combination Gamehunting
and Fishing License. The licenses are good
for hunting upland game and waterfowl, and will
serve as the foundation that allows hunters to apply
for public-land deer, elk and other special drawing
licenses. They also will be required before purchasing
any over-the-counter big-game or turkey license.
Hunters who are unsuccessful in the drawings are
encouraged to keep the Game-hunting or Gamehunting
and Fishing License and use them throughout
the license year, April 1-March 31. If requested,
refunds will be available for hunters who purchase a
Game Hunting License. Game Hunting and Fishing
licenses will not be refundable.
Game-hunting ($15 for residents, $65 for
nonresidents) and Game-hunting and Fishing licenses
($30, residents only) will be available online or over
the counter from license vendors statewide. Senior
and junior hunters, handicapped and some military
may be eligible for discounted licenses.
Hunters who need help applying for 2012-13
licenses online can get it from a real person over the
telephone or at one of several locations with public
computers staffed by Department of Game and Fish
Paper application forms no longer will be accepted
beginning next season, requiring all hunters to apply
online by using a Customer Identification Number at
Assistance will be available from noon to 8 p.m. MST
Feb. 2, 2012, through March 20, 2012, by calling
toll-free, (888) 248-6866. The Department also plans
to arrange for computer access in public locations
statewide for hunters who need access to computers.
Look for more information and updates on the
Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.