How to Become a Fishing Guide in New Mexico

An outfitters license is required to be a fishing guide in New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish regulates registered outfitters. There are two kinds of outfitter licenses: corporate entity and non-corporate entity.

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  • Have a valid New Mexico state, county, or municipal business registration
  • Be authorized to do and must do outfitting business under the laws of this state
  • Be identical in every way to the previously certified business that meets all criteria, if it has changed its name from that of a previously certified business


The outfitter application fee is $50 for resident and $100 for nonresident applicants.

Application Submission

PDF Application for Outfitters in New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Field Operations Division
Guide & Outfitter Program
P.O. Box 25112
Santa Fe, NM  87504
Fax 505-476-8133


New Mexico Department of Game & Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM  87507
(505) 476-8000 or (888) 248-6866

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