New Mexico Massage Liability Insurance Guidelines

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In order to become a massage practitioner in NM, there are a few things an applicant must do prior to becoming licensed to practice in the state. Although purchasing an insurance policy is not one of the requirements, it is highly advisable for those who are starting a practice, going to work for an employer, or wanting to protect themselves against the liabilities that come along with this field of work.

Licensing requirements

In order to receive a license to practice as a therapeutic massage professional in NM, applicants must:

– Complete 650 hours of coursework, from one of the board-certified and accredited schools in the state.

– Must get a passing score on the NCETM/ TMB or the MBLEx exam prior to being eligible to receive a license.

– Applicants must comply with all the requirements and send in all relevant information to the board, including: proof of passing the exam, a 2 X 2 photo of yourself, current copy of high school diploma or GED, CPR card, and the official transcript from the school where you completed the 650 required hours.

All information is required prior to receiving your licenses to practice, and applicants who fail to provide all information will experience delays in the process of receiving their license.

Therapists in NM also have to renew their license every 2 years; the current cost of renewal is $125.

About massage liability insurance –

Although it is not a requirement in the state, it is a good idea to look in to purchasing a massage practitioner insurance policy and compare rates for the type of policy that you are going to purchase. There are quite a few insurers available, and depending on the type of coverage and protection you are looking for, there are several types of coverage you can buy to shield yourself from liability.

Certain employers may require you to carry liability insurance. Apart from these case-by-case requirements, no state or federal requirements to possess massage liability insurance currently exist. If you are interested in a massage therapy policy, there are varying types of coverage and different levels of protection; some of the coverage options available to licensed therapists include:

– Professional liability insurance (malpractice) and general coverage (trip and fall accidents).

– Product liability, rental damage insurance, or stolen goods coverage.

– Identity protection insurance to protect you from fraud.

These are some of the most common types of coverage, and they are going to provide protection from claims that a customer might file or other forms of loss. So, if you are a licensed massage professional or considering this career path, it is a good idea to protect yourself from liability and choose the best coverage that suits you.

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Licensing Info

Number of credentialed practitioners in this state: 2,919

Phone: (505) 476-4870

Web Site:

Required Education: 650 hours

Written or Practical Exam: Written

Exam Administered: NCETMB or MBLEx

Renewal Fee: $125 every 2 years

CEUs Required: 16 every 2 years