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OPAL for Administrators

Note: Effective December 9, 2014, the Public Education Department (PED) has increased the amount for License Application Processing Fee. View the new licensure fee structure.

Welcome to the process of verifying Strand D of a teacher's Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure (OPAL). The Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure (OPAL) is the online system administrators use to verify Strand D requirements of a teacher's online portfolio.

When you log into the OPAL system, you are required to verify the following:

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Please Note: Strand E can not be completed by the Public Education Department until Strand D is completed by the appropriate teacher's administrator. A teacher's portfolio will not be reviewed until Strand D & E are complete.

Submission Periods

The process for submitting Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure (OPAL) is ongoing.


Step-by-Step Process: Review the OPAL Online
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Register and create an account with the NMPED OPAL system.

Receive Email with Username and Codes

Your username and password will be e-mailed to you at the e-mail address that you provided within the Registration Form.

You may experience a 24–48 hour waiting period following registration before your codes are activated for login.

Review your OPAL Candidates

From the Member Login page, login as an “Administrator”. Access OPAL new submissions and OPAL resubmissions from the Administrative Review main menu.

Submit the D Form

Once you have reviewed the dossier, submit the D form, review its information and confirm the appropriate




For questions concerning OPAL content and preparation, contact IPD Help Desk.

For questions concerning technical requirements or difficulty with the VisionLink system, including password or login issues:

For questions regarding licensure, contact:
Licensure Help Desk

NM Public Education Department
Professional Licensure Bureau
120 S. Federal Place, Room 105
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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