Chapter 2, Section C:|
Vehicles Exempt from Title and Registration
Revised March 2, 2012
The following vehicles are exempt from title
and registration requirements:
- U.S. Government and Other
States’ Government Vehicles
Vehicles or trailers owned by and used by the United States or any
state or political subdivision thereof, except the State of New
Mexico, need not be registered but must display plates or signs
showing that they are owned by the United States or such other state
or political subdivision.
- New Mexico State and Local
Government Vehicles (66-6-15)
Vehicles or trailers owned by the State of New Mexico or by any
county or municipality of this state are not assessed registration
fees, however, must be titled and continually display plates
furnished by the Motor Vehicle Division.
- Vehicles Driven or Moved by
Manufacturers, Dealers, or Lien Holders
Vehicles driven or moved by manufacturers, dealers or lien holders
need not be registered when being driven or moved only for the
purpose of immediate delivery, demonstration or resale to another
person. Such vehicles must display a dealer’s plate or temporary
- Vehicles Owned by Non-Residents
Vehicles owned by non-residents need not be registered, provided
that the vehicle is registered in and displays a current license
plate from another licensing jurisdiction. (Exception: See #2, on
- Vehicles Operated Exclusively
on Private Property
Any vehicle, which is driven or moved upon a highway only for the
purpose of crossing such highway from one property to another.
- Implements of Husbandry
(66-3-1C NMSA 1978)
Any implement of husbandry (farm equipment), which is only
incidentally operated or moved upon a highway, need not be
- Electric Trolleys (66-3-1F NMSA
Any vehicle propelled only by electric power obtained from overhead
trolley wires, though not operated on rails, need not be registered.
- Any Special Mobile Equipment
(66-3-1A4 NMSA 1978)
Any vehicle not designed or used primarily for the transportation of
persons or property and only incidentally operated or moved over the
highways need not be registered. (Example: Heavy road equipment,
graders, scrapers, road maintenance, ditch-digging or well-boring
machinery and concrete mixers.) Note: On Special mobile equipment
requiring a lien, applicant must contact the Secretary of State’s
office at 827-3600. These liens are filed under the Uniform
Commercial Code (UCC) 55-9-101 NMSA 1978.
- Freight Trailers and Utility
Trailers owned and used by a) A nonresident solely for the
transportation of farm products purchased by the nonresident from
growers or producers of the farm products and transported in the
trailer out of the state. b) Farmers and ranchers who transport to
market only the produce, animals, or fowl produced by them or who
transport back to their farms and ranches supplies for use thereon.
c) Persons who transport animals to and from fairs, rodeos, or other
places, except racetracks, where the animals are exhibited or
otherwise take part in performances, in trailers drawn by a motor
vehicle or truck of less than ten thousand pounds gross vehicle
weight rating bearing a proper registration plate, but in no case
shall the owner of an unregistered trailer described in this
paragraph perform such uses for hire.
A two-wheeled or three-wheeled vehicle with an automatic
transmission and motor having a piston displacement of less than
fifty cubic centimeters, capable of propelling the vehicle at a
maximum speed of not more than thirty miles per hour. Only Mopeds
that are certified by the manufacturer as being “Street Legal” will
be titled and registered. Mopeds must meet the minimum Federal
Safety requirements specified on MVD Form 10053, “Vehicle Equipment
Motorcycle Trailers (by current MVD practice)
- Tow Dollies (by current MVD
- Vehicles Purchased by a New
It is not necessary for the New Mexico dealer to convert the Title
to his name prior to the sale.
- Vehicles Purchased by New
The auctioneer can assign the Title to an individual purchaser,
provided they are licensed as a dealer, without the need of the
auction firm having to apply for Title in the firm’s name.
The repossessor does not have to convert any type of Title into the
repossessor’s name prior to a subsequent sale. Titles from all
states will be accepted for transfer and registration without the
necessity to title in the repossessor’s name.
- Insurance Companies
Insurance companies do not need to convert any type of Title into
their name before making a subsequent assignment if the insurance
company purchased an insured’s interest in the vehicle as a result
of a claim.