New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Radiation Control Bureau


InstructionsReciprocalRecognition-8 The Bureau provides reciprocal recognition to certain holders of valid radioactive material licenses and/or radiation machines registrations issued by out-of-state licensing agencies such as Agreement States or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Radiation Machine Registrants

Section of the New Mexico Radiation Protection Rules (20.3 NMAC) provides the criteria for regulating reciprocal recognition of radiation machine registration or license in another state. Reciprocal recognition of a radiation machine registration will allow the registrant to work on sites within the State of New Mexico for not more than 180 days in a calendar year. Reciprocity is granted on a calendar year basis to expire on or before December 31st or concurrent with the out-of-state registration or license.

To request reciprocity in New Mexico, a letter with a copy of the current out-of-state registration/license and a completed request form should be sent at least 2 days in advance of work in the State to: the NM Environment Department Radiation Control Bureau, 1100 St. Francis Drive Suite 2022, P.O. Box 5469, Santa Fe, NM 87502-5469; fax 505-476-8654. The Bureau may request additional information or impose certain conditions in the recognition letter.

A copy of the recognition letter must be maintained on each job site location and all machines and records must be in compliance with the Radiation Protection Rules, subject to inspection during specified hours of use. Any work in the State of New Mexico using out-of-state radiation producing devices is prohibited unless a reciprocal recognition letter from the Department Radiation Control Bureau is issued to the applicant.

Radiation Machine Reciprocity forms available by downloading (Microsoft Word format): 

Instruction Reciprocity Recognition  (PDF)
Reciprocity 2-day Notification Form  (PDF)

For out-of-state registrants entering New Mexico under reciprocal recognition of their radiation machine registrations.

Do you have questions or comments regarding reciprocity in New Mexico?  If so, please contact the following person:

Applying for Reciprocal Recognition

Santiago Rodriguez, Bureau Chief
(505) 476-8604 office (505) 270-1930 cell

Thomas Collins, Environmental Scientist
(505) 476-8610 Phone or (505) 660-9108
(505) 476-8654 Fax

Daniel Ortiz
(505) 280-2790 Cell Phone

Mailing Address Street Address
Radiation Control Bureau
New Mexico Environment Department
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502-5469
Radiation Control Bureau
New Mexico Environment Department
Montoya Building
1100 St. Francis Drive, Suite 2022
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

For information regarding this page, contact Carl Sullivan of the Bureau at