Respiratory Care: FAQs

Q: What do I need to get a NM Respiratory Care Practitioner’s license?

Submit a completed application with the required fee and copies of all items listed in the checklist of the application.

The Board accepts three of the NBRC’s exams as a qualification standard for licensure in New Mexico:

  • Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT)
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
Q: How long does it take to get a license?

Applications with all required information are processed within 3 to 5 business days.

Q: How do I renew my license?

You can renew your license on-line or mail a completed renewal application to our office with the required fee and documentation verifying your continuing education requirements.

Q: How do I reactivate my expired or lapsed license?
  • If your license has expired you must contact the office and then submit a reactivation form along with the required fee and documents BEFORE the next renewal expiration date.
  • If your license has lapsed you must re-apply for a new license.
Q: Do you have Temporary Permits?
  • A student extern permit is issued to a student extern engaged by a supervisory facility to provide respiratory care for remuneration while enrolled in an approved respiratory care training and education program.
  • A graduate permit is issued to a non-licensed person who has completed an approved respiratory care training program and is employed by a supervisory facility to provide respiratory care for remuneration and who can submit proof of scheduling to take the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) exam.
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