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The following are accepted by MVD as proof of identity:

  • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a state or territory of the United States (note: Hospital birth records do not qualify as birth certificates) | View Example

    Birth Certificate ExampleOriginal or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a state or territory of the United States (note: Hospital birth records do not qualify as birth certificates)

    A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. A certified copy of a birth certificate can be obtained through the State Vital Records office in the state or territory of your birth. Hospital birth records do not qualify as birth certificates.

  • Original or certified copy of a foreign birth certificate with a notarized English translation | View Example

    Foreign Birth Certificate ExampleOriginal or certified copy of a foreign birth certificate

    A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. A certified copy of a foreign birth certificate with a notarized English translation will need to be obtained from the appropriate agency in the country of your birth. Hospital birth records do not qualify as birth certificates.

  • Original official copy of an FS545 or FS 1350 form certifying birth abroad and translated into English | View Example

    Original official copy of an FS545 or FS 1350 form certifying birth abroad and translated into English

    The Department of State issues a DS-1350 to U.S. citizens in the U.S. who were born outside the U.S. and acquired U.S. citizenship at birth. When the birth is recorded as a Consular Report of Birth (FS-240), certified copies of the Certification of Report of Birth Abroad (DS-1350) are issued by the Department of State in Washington, D.C.
    In 1990, U.S. consulates ceased to issue Form-545, but it is still acceptable documentation.

  • Affidavit of Indian birth | View Example

    Affidavit of Indian birth

    These documents can usually be obtained through your tribal government or your Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Office.

  • N560 certificate of citizenship | View Example

    N560 Certificate of Citizenship ExampleN560 certificate of citizenship

    DHS Form N-560 - Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issues certificates of citizenship to individuals who derive citizenship through a parent.

  • N550 certificate of naturalization | View Example

    N550 Certificate of Naturalization ExampleN550 certificate of naturalization

    DHS Form N-550-Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issues for naturalization.

  • Valid permanent resident card issued by the United States government | View Example

    Permanent Resident Card ExampleValid permanent resident card issued by the United States government

    A permanent resident is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a ‘green card’ by the U.S. Government.

  • Court order for name change, gender change, adoption or divorce, as long as it includes the legal name, date of birth and court seal | View Example

    Court Order ExampleCourt order for name change, gender change, adoption or divorce, as long as it includes the legal name, date of birth and court seal

    Documents must show your legal name, date of birth and Court seal, and must be signed by the court authority.

  • Marriage certificate issued by a state or territory of the United States | View Example

    Marriage Certificate SampleMarriage certificate issued by a state or territory of the United States

    If you do not have an original marriage certificate/ license, certified copies can be obtained through the State Vital Records office in the state in which you were married.

The following are accepted by MVD as proof of identity as long as the document was not also used as proof of identification number

  • Driver license, learner’s permit or identification card issued by the US government or by a state or territory of the US, or by a jurisdiction of Canada, as long as it has a photograph and has not been expired more than one year | View Example
    Alternative Identification CardDriver's License Sample
    Alternative Identification Card - Under 21Driver's License Sample - Under 21

    (note: NM’s new Alternative Identification Card may not be used to satisfy this requirement)

    Top Left: Alternative Identification Card

    Top Right: Driver's License

    Bottom Left: Alternative Identification Card - Under 21

    Bottom Right: Driver's License - Under 21

  • Matricula Consular card issued after February 1, 2005 by the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque or El Paso | View Example

    Matricula Consular Card SampleMatricula Consular card

    The Matricula Consular is an identification card issued by the Government of Mexico, through its consulate offices, to Mexican nationals residing outside of Mexico.

    Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque, NM – 1610 4th St. NW – 505-247-2147

    Mexican Consulate in El Paso, Texas – 910 E. San Antonio Ave. – 915-533-3644

  • Valid passport issued by a country of citizenship | View Example

    United States Passport SampleValid US Passport

    A passport is a document, issued by a national government, which certifies, for the purpose of international travel, the identity and nationality of its holder. The elements of identity are name, date of birth, sex, and place of birth.

  • American Indian or Alaskan proof of Indian blood, certificate of degree of Indian blood, federal Indian census card or tribal membership card | View Example

    American Indian or Alaskan proof of Indian blood, certificate of degree of Indian blood, federal Indian census card or tribal membership card

    These documents can usually be obtained through your tribal government or your Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Office.

  • Photo identification document card issued by the US Military or Coast Guard or the NM National Guard | View Example

    Military ID SamplePhoto identification document card issued by the US Military or Coast Guard or the NM National Guard

    The US Military, the Coast Guard and the NM National Guard issue identification document cards to its enlisted members or members’ dependents. Documents must show your Social Security number.

  • Identification document issued by the US Veterans Administration (VA), if it is accompanied by a VA Medical Center ID card | View Example

    Identification document issued by the US Veterans Administration (VA), if it is accompanied by a VA Medical Center ID card   

    The Department of Veterans Affairs issues photo Veterans Identification Cards.

  • Valid US active-duty, retiree or reservist military ID (DOD ID DD-2) | View Example

    Active Duty Military Identification SampleValid US active-duty, retiree or reservist military ID (DOD ID DD-2)

    A United States Military ID is an identity document issued by the United States Department of Defense to identify a person as a member of the Armed Forces or a member's dependent, such as a child or spouse.

Items NOT accepted by MVD as proof of meeting this requirement include:

  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Library Card
  • Hospital Birth Record
  • Retail Membership Card
  • Auto Club Card
  • Gym Membership Card

If you are not eligible for a social security number, you will need to bring the following documents to any MVD Field Office:

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