What Does The New Mexico MVD Do?

The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) handles all services for drivers in the state, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; driving records; boater education and licensing; and boat/vessel registrations.

When you move to New Mexico, you must exchange your driver’s license and apply for a vehicle registration immediately after establishing residency in the state—there is no grace period. Your vehicle must also undergo a VIN inspection when you bring it into the state—these can be performed at MVD field offices or MVD-certified inspection locations. If you’ve moved to Bernalillo County, your vehicle must also undergo an emissions inspection.

The MVD also has specific information geared toward its military residents and non-residents, in order to accommodate the unique circumstances that military service brings. Non-residents stationed in New Mexico are not required to get a NM license or registration while serving in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The New Mexico MVD offers several online services, including:

  • Appointments
  • License/ID pre-application
  • Driver license/ID card renewal
  • Driver license/ID card replacement
  • Vehicle/vessel registration and titling
  • Registration renewal
  • Registration/title replacements
  • Plate replacements
  • Specialty plate orders
  • Disability placard replacements
  • Vehicle/vessel sale reporting
  • Address changes

You can access many licensing and registration forms online. You can also access the New Mexico Driver Manual online, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks. Looking to study for your license exam? The MVD offers an online practice test app to help you ace your test.

The NM MVD also partners with third-party servicers for title and registration tasks, VIN inspections, emissions testing, CDL training and testing, and driver’s education and training in the state.

Contact Information

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division

Joseph Montoya Building

P.O. Box 1028

1100 South St. Francis Drive

Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone: (888) 683-4636

Office locations