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Register Your Business & Registration Renewal

Instructions and forms for registering your business.

How To: Get an Albuquerque Business License

To register your business with the City of Albuquerque, follow these four steps:

Step 1: Tax ID Number

Obtain a New Mexico State Gross Receipts Tax Identification Number.

To obtain a Tax Identification Number, contact:

New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department
5301 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108 - View map
(505) 841-6200


Step 2: Environmental Health

Contact the City of Albuquerque's Environmental Health Department if any of the following apply to your business:

  • Involves handling, preparing, or serving food
  • Has a swimming Pool
  • Is a liquor store, bar, lounge, or convenience store selling liquor
  • Involves the emission of regulated air pollutants -- including such examples as gas stations; dry cleaners; paint and body shops; emergency generators; boilers or other combustion equipment; or activities which generate significant dust and other particulates such as real property development and aggregate handling.

If you are uncertain whether your activity requires an air quality permit, please contact the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department's Small Business Assistance Program at (505) 768-1972.

They can help you determine whether your business needs an air quality permit before beginning certain activities

    The Environmental Health Department will inform you if City Health Ordinances apply to your business. They also will issue the clearance forms and determine inspection fees.

    View Environmental Health Department information.


    Step 3: City Registration

    Contact the City Business Registration Section if your business involves any of the following:

    • Pawnbroking
    • Lodging (hotel, model operations)
    • Professional fund raising
    • Business solicitations at private residences or on public streets or sidewalks

    Call the Business Registration Section at (505) 924-3890.


    Step 4: Submit Application

    Submit a Business Registration Application, along with a check for $35 made payable to the "City of Albuquerque." Also include any Environmental Health clearance forms that were issued for your business.

    Business Registration Receipt

    Your business registration receipt will usually be mailed to you within two (2) weeks. Please do not call about your registration within the first two weeks. You will be notified promptly by mail if your application is incomplete, not approved or not paid in full.