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Guide to the New Mexico DMV

New Mexico DMV Guide

If you’re new to New Mexico, or have recently purchased a car, you may need to understand the vehicle registration process.

New Auto Registration in New Mexico

If you’ve just moved to New Mexico, you are required to register your car with the state’s Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) immediately. You will likely need to have an inspection performed in order to pass registration. You will register in person.

In order to complete a new registration, you will need the following documents:

  • Proof of Identity (driver’s license or passport)
  • A completed Application for Vehicle Title and Registration (Form MVD 10002)
  • Proof of Ownership (a title)
  • Two documents proving New Mexico residency (utility bill, pay stub, etc.)
  • Payment for registration fees (based on your vehicle’s model year and weight)

New Mexico Vehicle Inspections

Before registering, you have to complete an emissions test, if applicable, and a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection. Beyond initial registration, New Mexico requires only eligible vehicles registered or operated more than sixty days a year in Bernalillo County to complete emissions inspections every two years.

New Mexico Auto Registration Renewal

You will need to renew your registration with the New Mexico DMV before it expires. You will usually be notified that your term is coming to an end by mail, with a renewal notice 65 days before expiry. You can renew in person, by mail, by phone, or online. A one year renewal will cost between $27 and $62.

Getting Your Auto Title in New Mexico

When you purchase a car, you will receive a title, signed by the seller. To transfer your car title with the New Mexico DMV, you’ll have to provide that title, along with proof of insurance and identification. You have thirty days after establishing residency to transfer your title.  The titling fee is $2 for administration, $3 for the transaction, and a 3% excise tax. You should count on registering and titling your car at the same time, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

New Mexico Driver’s License

When you move to New Mexico, you will need to surrender your out-of-state license and obtain a New Mexico State license immediately. New residents are allowed to transfer their out-of-state license and waive the written and road test, as long as your out-of-state license is not yet expired.

Before you receive your license, you will have to submit proof of identification, Social Security number, and documents that prove your residency. You will also need to pass a vision test, or provide proof of a vision test report. Lastly, you will pay a fee; for four years you’ll pay $18 and for eight years you’ll pay $34. New residents will also pay a one-time fee of $15 to check DWI records.

New Mexico Auto Insurance Requirements

New Mexico auto insurance is required for every vehicle in the state. You must have liability insurance that meets the minimum requirements:

  • $25,000 for injury or death, per person
  • $50,000 for total injury or death if multiple people are hurt in the accident
  • $10,000 for property damage