Any business with a physical location within the City limits must secure a business registration prior to conducting any business activity. A business is any profession, trade, or occupation whether carried on for profit or not. This includes home based businesses (offices, contractors, consultants), churches, and temporary special events. A business registration is valid for one year and must be renewed annually.
Registering with the State
Before a business registration is issued, all businesses operating in New Mexico must register with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department and obtain a State Tax Identification Number provided on your Combined Reporting System (CRS) Certificate. Their contact information is:
New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department Local Office
2540 S El Paseo
Las Cruces, NM 88004-0607
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Once you have received your CRS Certificate, please complete the one time online registration to create an account and complete the business registration application.
Types of Business Registrations
Required for operating a business from your home. Home-based businesses are regulated by Article VI, Section 38-52 of the 2001 Las Cruces Zoning Code, as amended. View the Zoning Code.
Required for operating a business in a commercial location. For additional steps to opening a restaurant see the restaurant information packet (PDF).
For the regulations required to serve liquor, beer, or wine see the liquor license information packet (PDF).
Required for operating a temporary business, such as a firework stand, seasonal sales, or special events.
Door to Door Solicitation
Required for operating a stand-alone door-to-door business. Door-to-door sales can also be done by businesses with a valid Commercial Business Registration.
For additional steps in operating a door-to-door solicitation business see the Door-To-Door Solicitation Packet (PDF).