It is unlawful for a person to use a brand on livestock in New Mexico without first recording the brand with the New Mexico Livestock Board. A brand registration certificate confers on the person to whom it is issued the right to use the recorded brand on an animal at a given location (left hip, right hip, left rib, etc.) until the registration expires, is transferred, or is forfeited. New Mexico Recorded Brands may be used statewide.
A brand may be registered by filing an application for approval with the New Mexico Livestock Board at 300 San Mateo, NE, Suite 1000, Albuquerque, NM 87108. The brand recording fee is $75.00 and must accompany the application. The fee is subject to change. The payment of the fee for recording a brand confers on the owner of the brand the right to use it until the end of the re-record period in which the brand is recorded.
BRAND RECORDING AND TRANSFER FEE INCREASE
Effective July 1st, 2011
Brands are re-recorded every three years. Renewals are processed between July 1 and October 31. The current renewal period began on July 1, 2011. By New Mexico State Statute, brands not renewed by October 31 are expired.
Ownership of a brand is a property right and may be sold and transferred. The new fee for recording a brand or the transfer of a brand is $100. The fee is subject to change.
In the event of a registration transfer, the brand shall not be used until the New Mexico Livestock Board has recorded the transfer. Once the transfer is recorded, the new owner will receive a certificate of brand in the form of a wallet card.