Background Report Instructions

Accountancy: Background Report Instructions

Background Check for Initial License Application

Pursuant to the Public Accountancy Act [§ 61-28B-8.1, NMSA 1978], the following applicants for initial licensure must submit to a biometric federal criminal history background check:

  • Certified Public Accountants


Beginning May 1, 2023, providers will need to use the new vendor IDEMIA, which serves 600+ government, state, and federal organizations and 2,300+ enterprise customers across the globe.
During the inaugural week of the IDEMIA solution, 11 sites dispersed geographically throughout New Mexico will be available with more than 2,600 appointment slots open. Additional fingerprinting sites and appointment slots will open each subsequent week until 50 sites are available by June 30, 2023.

Click HERE for the new fingerprint process.

Click HERE to view IDEMIA sites.


New Mexico Department of Public Safety
Phone: 505-827-9181

April 28, 2023: Last day for fingerprint sites to capture fingerprints is April 28, 2023, at 5 p.m. All open registrations will be canceled and refunded.


DPS – Authorization for Release of Information

Click HERE for a list of criminal convictions that could disqualify an applicant from receiving a license or registration.

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