New Mexico requires a 15 hour handgun safety course to obtain a permit. This course must have live fire instruction. Carry in a vehicle is legal, for both concealed and open carry. It is illegal to carry a loaded, concealed fire arm anywhere. This does not apply if there person is a police officer, is on property they own/lease/rent, the person has a concealed carry permit from the Department of Public Safety, or when the firearm is in a private vehicle. The cost of a CCW permit can not exceeded $100. The applicant must be 21 or over and provide 2 sets of finger prints. Permits are issued on a "shall issue" basis.
What is Concealed Carry?
Concealed carry is the ability to, legally carry a gun that is not plainly visible. This applies to carrying it on one's person, or inside their vehicle. While many states allow concealed carry of a firearm on one's person with a permit, most do not allow concealed carry in a vehicle, or have strict guidelines on how the gun must be stored.
Most states require the applicant be at least 21 to apply for a permit, along with other requirements unique from state to state. There is a fee invaulved in getting a CCW which varies widly from state to state. Some states honor the concealed carry permit of certain other states (see the Permits Honored section for a complete listing).