New Mexico license?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by advanced irrigation, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. advanced irrigation

    advanced irrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from tx
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    do you need to be lisenced to work in new mexico to install irrigation? i have my texas license will that work? i searched and found no answer. thanks:dizzy:
     
  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Some types of licenses are good only within the licensing state, others are good within a geographical area due to cross-border servicing and other types may even be recognized nationally. You might try the Better Business Bureau in New Mexico and see if they know anything. They might be able to steer you in the direction of the proper governmental agency that can answer your question.
     
  3. PurpHaze

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  4. advanced irrigation

    advanced irrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from tx
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    New Mexico requires that i in addition to having my irrigators license, have a contractors licence and be a journeyman with 2 years expierience and will cost me close to $1000 and have to take a few tests submit affidavit's and some other applications to be approved or rejected. seems like too much hassle for me, i only live 30 mins from NM. anyone know anything else that i might be overlooking? thanks Purp.
     
  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Gotta remember that the main purpose of a contractor's license is to protect the consumer. Maybe NM doesn't trust Texans crossing over their border? :p
     
  6. advanced irrigation

    advanced irrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from tx
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    well do these requirements seem unreasonable? i mean how can you start your own buisness without experience...you can't as far as i can tell. oh well i guess i will just stay on my own turf.
     
  7. PurpHaze

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    Guess it's part of the cost of doing business in a neighboring state. Some states are also very protective of their own contractors and want to make sure that one coming from outside jumps through all the hoops. Don't get discouraged though. You'll just have to weigh the cost of doing business in a neighboring state against the revenue potential. If it's worth it then go for it.
     
  8. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Its not just NM, it can be the local municipality. Licensing contractors is (like Hayes said) supposed to protect the "people". The reality is it lines the pockets of city hall and perpetuates the "old boy network" in a lot of instances. That being said, it is the cost of doing buisness. The journey man thing is code. In TX you can do irrigation taps and even a plumber can't unless he is a licensed irrigator. Some places don't have it nailed down that tight. I have water districts here that will let me make a tap because I am ABPA certified for backflow testing, and then there are some who insist a master plumber has to make that connection. It again goes back to code, and following said code is a cost of doing buisness. Fight the guys who are dodging code, not the code itself. If everyone follows the same rules, then the field is even and quality of workmanship becomes the issue. Otherwise, cheap is cheap and most customers are not educated enough or civil minded enough to see the difference.
     
  9. advanced irrigation

    advanced irrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from tx
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    it would seem that NM would require an irrigators license insted they require all the other BS that IMO isn't relavant to knowing how to design a system and maintain it. i guess the expierience you obtain is "good enough" for them.
     
  10. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
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    A contractor's license is like any other government issued license. Your not supposed to be able to operate as a contractor without it. Your not supposed to operate a motor vehicle w/o a driver's license (still called an operator's license by some old timers). If you look around TX and think things are lax about enforcing Irrigation licenses, then go to an area that requires a contractors license but see jobbers everywhere operating w/o, you need to stop by your local municipal court and see the number of people hitting the revolving door for operating a motor vehicle with suspended licenses. Not just w/o, but w/ suspended licenses. Don't blame government for trying. Blame the government for a LOT, but not for failure to try. I just wish we all received the government that we are paying so dearly for. Then again, I still got a box of Confederate paper money grandpa left me. He swore it would be good again someday.
     

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