The spelling bee is open to students who have neither reached their 15th birthday on or before August 1, 2013 nor passed 8th grade, and who attend schools that are officially enrolled with the Scripps National Spelling Bee by October 15, 2013 enrollment deadline. Students from second to eighth grade are eligible. Students must have completed the first grade and be 8 years old or older. Students who are previous winners of the NM Spelling Bee may participate in the 2014 Bee.
Students in the Rio Rancho Schools District, Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque Charter Schools, Albuquerque Parochial and Private Schools, and Albuquerqe Home Schools have separate bees and these take the place of county bees. Winners advance directly to the NM Spelling Bee on March 23, 2013.