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What is the fee for registering my vehicle?

The registration fee for passenger vehicles is based on the weight and year model of the vehicle. Registration fees range from $27.00 to $62.00 for a one (1) year registration or $54.00 to $124.00 for a two (2) year registration. Registration fees for trucks with a...

Is there a penalty if I am late in renewing my vehicle registration?

Yes. If you are less than 31 days late in renewing your vehicle registration, you must pay a $10.00 penalty, along with the cost of your registration renewal fee.  If you are 31 days or more late in renewing your vehicle registration, you must pay a penalty equal to...

Want to learn more about Real ID?

What is Real ID? The Real ID Act was passed by the Congress and signed into law on May 11, 2005 by former President George Bush. The Real ID Act provides that, after a certain date, a federal agency is prohibited from accepting for any “official purpose,” a driver’s...

How do I apply for a New Mexico driver license?

If you are a first-time New Mexico licensee, aged 18 to 24, you are required to take the "None for the Road" self-study DWI Awareness Class. Once you complete the None for the Road class, take your certificate of completion and other required identification to any MVD...

Who is required to take the None for the Road class?

Persons 25 years of age and older who have ever been convicted of DWI, and who are applying for their first New Mexico driver license, must also submit evidence of having successfully completed an approved DWI prevention and education program, such as None for the...

How do I sign up for a None for the Road class?

Register for None for the Road Online The None for the Road class is administered by the University of New Mexico Continuing Education, not by the MVD. Information about the class and a class application are available online or by calling (505) 277-0051 (Albuquerque...

What tests are required to get a New Mexico driver license?

Eye Test - Persons with a current driver license from another state, or those applying for a first-time New Mexico driver license, are required to pass an eye exam. Written Test- Persons applying for a first-time New Mexico driver license, or those with licenses...

How much does a driver license cost?

The fee is $18.00 for a four-year license or $34.00 for an eight-year license. Drivers who are 75 years old or older must renew their licenses yearly, but they are not charged renewal fees. State law now requires a DWI records check on all drivers moving to New Mexico...

How do I change the name on my driver license?

Applicants requesting a name change when applying for a non-commercial license, a commercial license, a provisional license, a permit or an identification card must present proof of the name change. The documents presented must be the original or certified copies. The...

What is a “guilty deferred” sentence?

Many New Mexico drivers have received 'guilty deferred' sentences for traffic violations. A "deferred" sentence is one for which drivers must satisfy conditions as established by a Court - such as attending driving school, community service, a 90-day probation period...

How do I correct my driving record if it is incorrect?

If your driving record shows that you received a sentence for a traffic violation within the last three years, and you think it was "deferred" by the Court, then MVD staff will research your record and respond back to you within 48 hours.  MVD staff will need to...

What are Private MVD Offices?

Private MVD Offices have a contract with the State MVD to provide MVD services to the public. Private MVD Offices charge administrative fees,  in addition to any MVD fees that apply to your transactions.