It is a requirement to maintain the State of New Mexico Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) by attending training every two years. The “knowledge” part of the training may be online (from the privacy of your own home and at your own pace) or done in a classroom environment. In both cases, you must demonstrate proficiency with your firearm in order to get your concealed carry license, and this portion must be done in person.
The first required training for all new concealed carry licensees is called a refresher (“Refresher” is the legal term used by the State of New Mexico to indicate the midpoint) and it must be done within two years of the initial concealed carry training. The second training after four years is defined as a renewal (“Renewal” is legal term used by the State of New Mexico for licensees wishing to maintain their concealed carry license). The Concealed Carry Renewal requires a background check update and Fee paid to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS).
The “Live Fire” testing is done at a local range and can be completed in two hours or less. To demonstrate proficiency, the concealed carry qualification is done as a scenario taking place at 7 yards, shooting 25 rounds.
The concealed carry renewal licenses take about three weeks to arrive from NMDPS. You can take the training up to 60 days before your expiration date. It is important to understand that when your license expires you may not carried concealed in the general public. 60 days after the license has expired you must start over and apply for a concealed carry license as a new person.