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Directory page last updated 3-2-2021

The Federation does not provide interpretation of the scope of practice laws or rules of any chiropractic licensing authority, nor can we provide specific details regarding licensing requirements.  The educational and testing requirements for each State or Province set forth in this Directory are intended as a general guide.  It is strongly recommended that anyone interested in becoming licensed in a particular State or Province contact the Board office or the Secretary of the respective board to secure current and complete details before matriculating in any school. 
Iris Naranjo, Board Administrator  Benjamin Arimoto, Compliance Liaison
Vacant, Board Attorney
For Information Contact:
2550 Cerrillos Road
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Time Zone: Mountain
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; M-F
Phone: (505) 476-4622 
Fax: (505) 476-4545
(Do not use FAX for applications)

Email: Chiropractic.Board@state.nm.us
Web address: www.rld.state.nm.us
Term: Annual, renewal notices sent on or before June 1. Expires June 30th.
Background check: Yes
Criminal background check: No
Fingerprinting: No
Application fee: $350
License by exam: $350
Initial licensure without exam: $350
License Renewal fee: $ 300 Active; $ 100 Inactive; $25 Impairment Fee
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students may practice under licensed D.C. with Board approval. No temporary license for graduated D.C. to practice under licensed D.C.
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: Contact board License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: n/a 
Requirements: 16 hours per year
Distance Credits Allowed: 8 hours only
Program Criteria: Contact board office
Requires sexual boundaries training: No 
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required: None

CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: Applicant must be of good moral character and maintained an active practice at least seven of the last ten years in another state or country whose licensure requirements are equal to or exceed those of New Mexico. Applicant must also submit a completed application and complete a jurisprudence questionnaire. If minimal requirements are not met, applicant may be required to take an examination. Applicant who has no disciplinary action(s) pending or taken against any chiropractic license the applicant held or holds, applicant agrees to a National Practitioner’s Databank and a Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board’s background check.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: Exam consisting of Jurisprudence Exam


Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Required

Acupuncture: Not accepted (can use Meridian Therapy)
SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Can use now *
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Can use now *
Disciplinary Cases: Can use now *
Impairment Review: Can use now *

*At the discretion of the board


PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Physiological Therapeutics
Certification: Included in chiropractic license
Additional Education: No
Additional Examination: No
Additional Fee: None
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: 2 years.  No requirement for 4-year degree planned.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education
SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
"Chiropractic" means the science, art and philosophy of things natural, the science of locating and removing interference with the transmissions or expression of nerve forces and adjacent structures, more especially those of the vertebral column and pelvis, for the purpose of restoring and maintaining health for treatment of human disease primarily by, but not limited to, adjustment and manipulation of the human structure. It shall include, but not be limited to, the use of all natural agencies to assist in the healing act, such as food, water, heat, cold, electricity, mechanical appliances, herbs, nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies and any necessary diagnostic procedure, excluding invasive procedures, except as provided by the board by rule and regulation. It shall exclude operative surgery and prescription or use of controlled or dangerous drugs.
Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: No, there is no rule within the Chiropractic Act
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: No
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: Yes
Additionally legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Chiropractic Physician
Peer Review: When needed
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: Required to be under the supervision of the chiropractic physician, with a minimum of three months supervised training in the duties that will be performed 
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions every five years' term.
Forrest W. Goforth, D.C., Professional Member, Vice-Chair, Exp. 7/01/2023
Darcey Pope Wyatt D.C., Professional Member Exp. 7/1/2022
Robert Perea D.C., Professional Member Exp. 7/1/2025
Bradley Fackrell, D.C., Professional Member    Exp. 7/01/2020
Telletha Vaenski, Public Member Exp. 7/1/2022

Kathy Fresquez-Chavez, Public Member,  Exp. 7/01/2022

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 2/2021: 


# of Active licenses: 510
# of Inactive licenses: 25 

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(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...)     
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