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NM law allows online professional license renewal

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Engineers, nurses and professionals in other fields will be able to apply for and renew their state licenses online under legislation that's been signed into law by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

The governor said Monday the state Regulation and Licensing Department estimates the current paper-based licensing system costs nearly $300,000 in postage and other supplies.

The state hopes to speed up the licensing system and reduce costs by allowing agencies to accept applications and renewals online.

The measure was approved by lawmakers during the recently completed 60-day session of the Legislature.