Chapter 2, Section G:|
Odometer Mileage Certification
Revised July 12, 2012
- AM (actual mileage)
the actual mileage of the vehicle
(excess of limits)
the vehicle's mileage in excess of mechanical limits - relates to vehicles that have 5-
or 6-digit analog or digital odometers that can record up to 99,999 or
(not the actual mileage)
used when the odometer is not working or the original (MCO) vehicle engine has been replaced or rebuilt
- Analog odometer
a wheel-type odometer, with a mechanism that spins to record mileage
- Digital odometer
an electronic display of recorded mileage
Actual Mileage or Not Actual Mileage
PQU#139 (July 12, 2012), whoever has the
legal ability to transfer title also has the ability to assert actual
mileage (“to the best of my knowledge”), except when there is a gap in
the vehicle’s ownership history such that the transferor cannot
reasonably claim to have knowledge of the vehicle’s actual mileage.
The personal representative of a
vehicle owner who is deceased or otherwise incapacitated
and unable to sign for himself may assert actual mileage
However, when an abandoned vehicle is
towed and title is subsequently acquired by the towing
company using the towing lien process, the new owner
cannot claim to know the vehicle’s actual mileage, and
mileage must be recorded as NM (not actual mileage).
Do not use 888888
888888 is no longer to be used as an odometer reading for EL and NM odometer
codes. The certified odometer reading will be the mileage with AM, EL or NM as
the mileage code.
- A five-digit analog odometer reading 24357 will be recorded
24357 with either the EL or NM mileage code. EL would show that the vehicle has
gone over 99,999 miles. There may be exceptions for show-type vehicles with
- A six-digit analog odometer can record up to 999,999 miles. The
options would be either AM, EL or NM.
- Digital odometers require vehicle
electrical power to verify odometer reading. These odometers are six-digit and can
record up to 999,999 miles, so the options are AM, EL or NM.
- If a
digital odometer cannot display the mileage it will be recorded as blank (do not
enter zeroes), with the NM designation.
- When an Odometer Disclosure
Statement (MVD-10187) is used with a
transfer of a New Mexico title, the actual reading will be used with
odometer codes AM, EL or NM. If the title of record shows 888888 as
the odometer reading with NM or EL, the new processed title should be recorded with the mileage on the odometer if available, or
left blank (do not enter zeroes) if not available, and
the appropriate NM or EL code.
- An out-of-state vehicle may have ‘exempt’ or similar description recorded as the
odometer mileage. In this case record the New Mexico processed title as recorded
on the Affidavit of VIN with the code "NM."
Use "NM" if Previous Title Shows
“Exempt” or “888888”
ALWAYS assign the code “NM” to a title if the previous title,
or any transfer on the previous title indicates “Exempt” or “888888.”
- If the
previous title is New Mexico (and a VIN Inspection is not required), leave
the mileage blank (do not enter zeroes) and enter “NM.”
- If the previous title
is an out-of-state title (so a VIN Inspection is required), use the numerical
mileage from the VIN Inspection report and the “NM” code.
Use "EL" if Five-Digit Analog Odometer
Statement Shows “EL”
Assign the code “EL” to the title
if the vehicle has a five-digit analog
odometer and the odometer statement reflects “EL.”