Chapter 2, Section D:|
Types of Vehicle Registration
May 19, 2009
- Staggered Vehicle Registration
All vehicles (except off-highway vehicles, freight trailers, and
permanently registered utility trailers and travel trailers) are
presently registered on a one-year or two-year basis with the
registration expiring one or two years from the month in which the
Title and Registration are issued. These vehicles are issued a
license plate and validation sticker, which shows both the month and
year that the current registration will expire. Registration
expires on the last day of the month and year shown on the
validation sticker and on the Certificate of Registration. NOTE:
There is no grace period and persons who operate their vehicles
after the expiration date are subject to late registration
penalties. (66-3-19E) Off-highway vehicles are issued a staggered 3
year registration sticker; the computer system will print the
registration certificate with an expiration date of 3 years.
- Fleet Vehicles Registration
The fleet vehicle registration program allows the owner of 50 or
more vehicles that are under 26,001 pounds to register all of the vehicles in the common month of
December. A staggered year/month validation sticker showing the
month of December and the current year is issued.
NOTE: After October 1, clerk will issue a December staggered sticker
for the next year and assess 12 months registration fee plus the
additional monthly increments. (Example: October application –
charge 14 months registration).
Fleet owners must renew their registrations for their vehicles by
December 31 of the current year. Failure to do so will result in
late penalty fees.
Vehicle Services processes all vehicle transactions with fleet
- Permanent Registration
The registration for freight trailers is permanent. Freight trailers
will be registered once. At the time of resale, the new owner will
be required to pay the registration fee in his own name. The license
plate itself will have affixed to it by stamp or impression the word
“PERM” and/or “PERMANENT.” The paper registration certificate for
that plate and vehicle will reflect the term “permanent” in regards
to expiration. Both the vehicle and Certificate of Registration will
be permanent for the life of the vehicle.
Utility trailers and travel trailers, under 6001 lbs. Gross Vehicle
Weight, may now be registered permanently. The fee for a utility
trailer is $25.00 for the first 500 pounds, plus $5.00 for each
additional 100 pounds rounded. The fee for a travel trailer is
computed by dividing the weight by 2, then assessing $25.00 for the
first 500 pounds, plus $5.00 for each additional 100 pounds rounded.
The registration fee for transfer of a permanently registered
trailer is $5.
- Farm Truck Registration
(66-6-4F NMSA 1978)
Farm trucks (over 6,000 pounds) are staggered. Registration fees are
two-thirds (2/3) of truck fees based on the DGVW (Declared Gross
- Commercial Vehicle Registration
– Vehicles Over 26,000 Pounds DGVW
The Motor Vehicle Division now handles registration of vehicles with
a Declared Gross Vehicle Weight (DGVW) over 26,000 pounds. Weight
Distance (WD), the International Registration Plan (IRP),
International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and Tax Identification Cards
are handled through this program.
WD Plate (Full Base Plate)
A vehicle titled in New Mexico with a Declared Gross Vehicle Weight
that exceeds 26,000 pounds is issued a WD plate. This type of
registration is generally utilized for intrastate operations of New
Mexico based vehicles.
The International Registration Plan is a program for licensing
commercial vehicles (tractors, trucks, trailers and buses) in
intrastate and interstate operations among member jurisdictions. A
carrier should obtain apportioned registrations for its fleet if the
vehicles are titled in New Mexico and if 1) vehicles have two axles
and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight in
excess of 26,000 pounds; 2) a power unit having three or more axles,
regardless of weight; or 3) a vehicle used in combination with a
trailer and the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds
gross vehicle weight.
The International Fuel Tax Agreement is a base state fuel tax
agreement. Upon application, the carrier’s base state jurisdiction
will issue credentials (both a license and decals) which will allow
the IFTA licensee to travel in all IFTA member jurisdictions. Any
carrier having IFTA is required to file a quarterly tax report.
Tax Identification Cards
The New Mexico Tax Identification Card Application is required for
all vehicles that exceed 26,000 pounds regardless of registration
type. IFTA is for fuel and does not replace the Tax Identification
Card. The Tax Identification Card is to identify the owner and for
collection of the New Mexico Weight Distance Tax. Each carrier is
required to file a quarterly tax report even if the carrier has not
traveled through or into New Mexico.