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Alcoholic Beverage Control

In compliance with the Liquor Control Act, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC) issues, transfers, and revokes liquor licenses. We also administer the Alcohol Server Training Program, educating Licensees and Servers to prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and intoxicated persons.

On July 1, 2020, we began regulating the newly established Tobacco Product Act to ensure that establishments and employees are selling tobacco and tobacco products in compliance with the new law and preventing the sale of these items to New Mexicans under the age of 21.

Our primary responsibility is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all New Mexicans and those visiting our state, while regulating sale, service, and public consumption of alcohol and tobacco and/or tobacco products.

ABC News:

New ABC Platform coming, FEIN Number Requested

ABC Licensees, the Division is working to implement a new online platform. This will allow for electronic submission of applications and renewals as well as online payments.  In preparation for this transition, ABC is requesting additional information from licensees.

On March 11, 2024, an Email was sent Requesting your FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number).  In the future, this will be utilized to streamline the reporting done with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.  If you are unsure where to locate this information, ask your bookkeeper or accountant, as it is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service.

Please submit your Response by Email to ABC.Update@rld.nm.gov or send by regular mail to: ABC Update PO Box 25101 Santa Fe, NM 87504 or walk in to our Office at the Toney Anaya Bldg-2nd floor at 2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe.  The following information is needed:

  • Name of Licensee, as it appears on your current license(s)
  • License Number(s)
  • FEIN Number

Copy of Letters below:
~ ABC FEIN Request Letter 11MAR2024
~ ABC Modernization Project Letter 31JAN2024

Verification of Server Permits, TEMPORARY PERMITS Valid 120 Days

License Verification for Establishments and Server Permits is not available at this time.

  • SERVERS waiting for permanent cards, system is still down, so you will need to do the following:
  • The TEMPORARY PERMIT issued when you took the class is VALID for 120 days.
  • If it is set to expire, another temporary permit will be mailed to you. Fill out the Duplicate Request Form, CLICK FOR COPY , DO NOT SEND $10 fee, and include a copy of your temporary permit for verification of expiration date.  If available, please include a copy of your expired permit.
    Email documents to: abc.serverpermits@rld.nm.gov
    or mail to: ABC -PERMITS
    PO Box 25101 Santa Fe, NM 87504
Letter from ABC Director: Residential Delivery of Alcohol-Issued 12/23/2021

The ABC Director has issued clarification on the Residential Home Delivery of Alcoholic Beverages.  Click below for your copy.
Copy of Letter on Residential Deliveries, issued 12/23/2021

ABC NMAC Rules -Revised 9/28/2021 -Issued 11/9/2021

ABC Rule book issued per revisions that went into effect on 9/28/2021.  Click below for your copy.  Keep an electronic copy or print out, should it be requested at Inspection.
ABC-NMAC Rules-Revised-9/28/2021-Issued 11/9/2021


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Public Hearing. The Division held a Public Hearing on Monday, July 26, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. held virtually, due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19. Attendees were able to provide public comment on record and submit written comments.

The Division reviewed all feedback received during the public comment period.  Click on links below for more information:

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Proposed Rules

Proposed Rules -Exhibits

Proposed Rules -Public Comments

ABC Rules Hearing 7/26/2021 -Transcript

ABC Rules Hearing 7/26/2021 -Exhibits 

ABC Rules Hearing 7/26/2021 -Comment Summary

Changes to ABC Rules, adopted 9/2/2021

Click on the Link below for are all of the changes to ABC Rules, adopted on September 2, 2021.  These Amendments and new Rules went into effect September 28, 2021.

Only showing are those rules, sections, and subsections that have been changed, removed or added.  If a subsection is not included, it wasn’t changed and remains effective.

ABC Rules Changed, adopted 9/2/2021

ABC Integrated Rules, effective 9/28/2021

NM State Statutes -Revised 6/16/2023, book issued 7/24/2023

The only Statute revised, effective 6/16/2023,  is 60-6A-37 Alcoholic beverage delivery permit, with sub-section A. and E. (6) amended.  See Annotation below the cited section for details.

NM State Statutes Book – Revised 6//16/2023, issued 7/24/2023

shipping or transport for Personal use; military personnel

The State of New Mexico has no objection to service members or an individual bringing a reasonable amount of alcohol into the State for personal consumption only -see NMSA 1978 60-7A-3D Transportation into state without permit; exportation of alcoholic beverages without permit; importation for private use; reciprocal shipping; when unlawful.

Pursuant to NMSA 1978 7-17-5 Imposition and Rate of Liquor Excise Tax, per the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, no excise tax would be due on alcohol transported into the State by an individual for personal consumption.

Shipping or transporting for personal use is authorized in New Mexico and a copy of the memo can be provided to your common carrier.

   Click for copy: Shipping or Transport for Personal Use; Service Members

Alcohol Licenses by County

Below are count of liquor licenses by county. The license types represented include dispenser types, restaurant, club, small manufacturers, wholesalers, and governmental licenses. If you need further detailed information please contact us.

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