PART 8                 LICENSE EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL               ISSUING AGENCY:  Regulation and Licensing Department, State Board of Psychologists Examiners.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006]               SCOPE:  The provisions of Part 8 apply to all psychologists and psychologist associates with a license to practice in New Mexico.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006]               STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  This part is adopted pursuant to the Professional Psychologist Act Section 61-9-6, 61-9-7.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006]               DURATION:  Permanent.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006]               EFFECTIVE DATE:  November 15, 2006 unless a later date is cited at the end of a section.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006]               OBJECTIVE:  This part establishes the procedures for license expiration and license renewal.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006]               DEFINITIONS:

                A.            “Nationwide criminal history record” means information concerning a person’s arrests, indictments, or other formal criminal charges and any dispositions arising there from, including convictions, dismissals, acquittals, sentencing and correctional supervision, collected by criminal justice agencies and stored in the computerized databases of the federal bureau of investigation, the national law enforcement telecommunications systems, the department of public safety or the repositories of criminal history information in other states.

                B.            “Nationwide criminal history screening” means a criminal history background investigation of a licensee applying for licensure renewal through the use of fingerprints reviewed by the department of public safety and submitted to the federal bureau of investigation, resulting in the generation of a nationwide criminal history record for that applicant.

[ NMAC - N, 9/16/2010; A, 4/11/2012]               LICENSE RENEWAL:  Licensees shall renew their licenses to practice psychology biennially on or before July 1 of alternate years by remitting to the board office the biennial renewal active status fee specified in Paragraph 2 of Subsection C of NMAC with the renewal application form provided by the board.  Continuing education hours shall be documented every two years at the time of license renewal as described in Part 9.  Background fees shall be the amount established by the department of public safety for the processing of criminal history background checks.

                A.            All renewal applications will be subject to a one time nationwide criminal history screening.  Renewal applications will be processed pending the completion of the criminal history screening.

                B.            If the nationwide criminal background screening reveals a felony or a violation of the Psychologist Examiners Act, the licensee will be notified to submit copies of legal documents and other related information to the board which will make the determination if the applicant is eligible for licensure or if disciplinary action will be taken.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006; A, 9/16/2010; A, 4/11/2012; A, 7/1/2018]               LICENSE RENEWAL DEADLINE:  Licenses shall be renewed biennially before July 1 and must be submitted through the online renewal system, post-marked or hand-delivered.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006; A, 9/16/2010]             LICENSE RENEWAL NOTICES:  Renewal notification will be given to each current licensee prior to the expiration date of the license.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006; A, 9/16/2010; A, 7/1/2018]             LICENSEE RESPONSIBILITY:  Renewal application notices will be delivered to the last known address on file with the board.  It is the responsibility of the licensee to keep the board informed of any changes in address and phone numbers.  Failure to receive the renewal application notice shall not relieve the licensee of the responsibility of renewing his license before the expiration date.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006; A, 7/1/2018]             RENEWAL AFTER JULY 1:

                A.            The board shall initiate license suspension proceedings and thereafter shall suspend a license for failure to renew if the licensee failed to renew his license by July 1 of the appropriate year.  Any person who renders or offers to render psychological services while his license is suspended is subject to disciplinary action.  A licensee who chooses to permanently retire from practice shall inform the board in writing previous to the expiration date of the license and will be considered honorary retired as a non-disciplinary revocation.

                B.            A license suspended for failure to renew may be renewed within a period of one year after the suspension upon payment of the renewal fee plus a late fee and proof of continuing education satisfactory to the board.

                C.            The license shall be revoked if the license has not renewed within one year of the suspension for failure to renew.  Any licensee whose license is revoked for failure to renew shall be required to make a new application and shall satisfy all requirements for licensure in effect at the time the application is filed.

                D.            Unless currently licensed to practice psychology under the act, no person shall:

                                (1)           engage in the practice of psychology;

                                (2)           use the title or represent himself as a psychologist or psychologist associate; or

                                (3)           use any other title, abbreviation, letters, signs or devices that indicate the person is a psychologist or psychologists associate.

                E.            It is a misdemeanor:

                                (1)           for any person not licensed under the act to practice psychology or represent himself as a psychologist or a psychologist associate;

                                (2)           for any person to practice psychology during the time that his license as a psychologist or psychologist associate is suspended, revoked, or lapsed.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006; A, 9/16/2010]             APPROVAL OF RENEWAL APPLICATION:  Upon approval of the licensee’s renewal application, the board will issue a renewal to the licensee.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11/15/2006]




History of Repealed Material:

16.22.8 NMAC, License Expiration and Renewal - Repealed, 11/15/2006