1.  Try to ignore all the doom-and-gloom nay-sayers who claim this is an impossible task.

2.   Search on-line for downloadable application forms.

Don't waste time on websites...just CALL.

 

3.   Give up trying to navigate poorly designed websites and pick up the telephone. Request forms be mailed to your home.

4.   A few weeks later, call (again) and request (again) that application forms be mailed to your home.

5.   Once you receive the forms, begin gathering the necessary documentation of previous education and experience.

 

 

Don't forget to get TWO sets of fingerprint cards!

6.   Make a trip to town to be fingerprinted. Stop by the gas station to get a money order.

7.   No one certified to do fingerprinting was at the police station. And the money order machine was down. Go to another gas station and at least get the money order you need.

8.  Grumble, mumble, and whine to everyone around you. They will all commiserate about the challenges of dealing with government offices.

9.   Call ahead to verify when someone can do the finger printing. Repeat this step until the receptionist finally gets an answer from the Police Chief.

10.  Three days later, finally head to town again to complete the finger printing. Also stop at the bank to get one form notarized.

 

Wait a week or two before checking your mailbox...

11.  Mail off the forms. Double check the packet. Do you have everything? Forms; notarized statement that you are not a felon; two (not one but TWO) fingerprint cards, properly filled in; money order for a background check (to verify if you told the truth about not being a felon); money order for license; copies of transcripts, CPR card, National Registry card, etc.

12.  Wonder what is happening with your application. Just when you are thinking of calling for a status update, open your mailbox and find the packet in your mailbox. Sigh with relief.

13.  No, you do not yet have your license. There is an unwritten law, hidden somewhere in the books, that all applications (no matter what state department you are dealing with) MUST be returned at least once for additional information.

14.  Grumble, mumble, and whine to everyone around you. They will all commiserate about the challenges of dealing with government offices.

15.  Jump through the hoops and track down the requested information—even though it was not part of the original instructions for the application packet.

16.  Re-submit the application packet. (Don’t think about how much postage this is costing you…or how much of your tax money is wasted on unnecessary postage by government offices.)

17.   Wait a few more weeks, or even a month.

18.  Finally receive another large envelope from the state office. Sigh with relief and rip it open.

19.  Stare in disbelief that they sent you a license for something you did not apply for. Sigh (again) in disbelief.

20.  Grumble, mumble and whine to everyone around you. They will all commiserate about the challenges of dealing with government offices.

21.  Decide if it is worth arguing, appealing, and/or going through the process another time to get the appropriate license you originally requested. (Perhaps the organization you want to work with would be willing to accept the lesser license you received?)

22.  Join the gloom-and-doom nay-sayers who claim dealing with New Mexico’s government offices is an impossible task.

 

…and just to make it clear…these “how-tos” are not exaggerated! This really is what happened with licensure from the education department. Similar steps were required regarding the mission’s tax-exempt status, although that was finally granted correctly. Currently, I am at Step 17 with the public safety department about transferring my EMT certification to this state. (IF that is finally granted, there are still more training classes, pencil and paper tests, and practical tests that I must go through…but that is an other story for another day!)

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