Chapter 16, Section C:|
Replacement of Special Plates
Personalized special registration plates (prestige plates)
New prestige plates will only be issued to new applicants or in cases where there is a change of prestige symbols or in cases where the plate has been lost or damaged. The Special Plates Section of the Vehicle Services Bureau handles these transactions. A $17.00 replacement fee applies. In the case of a lost or damaged prestige plate, a duplicate plate will be issued.
Other special plates
All other special plates will be replaced if lost or damaged, for a $17.00 replacement plate fee. Unlike the prestige plate, the replacement plate for any other special plate will not be a duplicate, but will be issued with a new number. The Special Plates Section of the Vehicle Services Bureau also handles these transactions.
No-fee and reduced-fee exceptions
If the lost plate is a Disabled Veteran’s or Purple Heart plate, the replacement plate, like the original, is provided at no charge.
If the lost plate is a Horseless Carriage plate, the replacement fee is $12.00.
The applicable statute regarding replacement of lost plates is Section 66-3-24A NMSA 1978:
the event any registration evidence or registration plate is lost,
mutilated or becomes illegible, the owner or legal representative or
successor in interest of the owner of the vehicle for which the
registration evidence or registration plate was issued as shown by the
records of the division shall immediately make application for and may
obtain a duplicate or a new registration under a new registration number
as determined to be the most advisable by the division upon the
applicant furnishing information satisfactory to the division.”