All persons driving a motor vehicle on New Mexico highways and roadways are required to be licensed.
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The New Mexico MVD issues a secure driver license to help protect
New Mexicans from identity theft. Persons applying for a first-time
driver license, a license renewal or a license replacement are issued a
temporary license while their regular license is being processed and
Your old New Mexico driver license will be hole-punched and may be
used with the temporary license, for up to 45 days from the date of
issue. The temporary license and the hole-punched license are only valid
for identification purposes when presented together.
You must go into a MVD Field Office to renew your New Mexico
driver license. Staff at any Field Office can renew your driver license.
You only need to bring in your current New Mexico license.
Fees for a New Mexico Driver License
The fee is $18.00 for a four-year license or $34.00 for an eight-year license.
Drivers who are 75 years old or older must renew their licenses yearly, but they are not charged renewal fees.
Special Requirements – Expired Licenses
Written Test – All persons applying for a renewal
New Mexico driver license whose license has been expired for one year
or more, must pass the required written test(s).
Road Test – All persons applying for a renewal
New Mexico driver license whose license has been expired over five
years, must pass the required road test(s).
A license will not be issued if your driving privileges are
suspended, revoked or denied by this state or any other state. You must
first resolve the suspension or revocation of your license.