New Mexico Car Registration

Need to register your car in New Mexico? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive value added products such as a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the MVD in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local MVD.

3: Via a local MVD office

If you prefer to access MVD services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical MVD office location. Varying MVD offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the MVD closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local MVD allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.


New Registration

If you have purchased your vehicle through a dealership then they will perform all necessary registration tasks, but if you have just bought or been gifted a car any other way, or become an official resident, you are expected to register your vehicle as soon as possible. For a list of all RMV offices and their phone numbers make sure to visit

Visit for a step-by-step guide to obtaining a new New Mexico car registration.

Renewing Your New Mexico Vehicle Registration

Renewing your tag is an easy process in New Mexico, as you are given option of renewing in person, online, by phone, or via mail.

New Mexico allows some drivers to renew their registration online, provided that they meet the certain state requirements. Have a credit card to pay the required fees, plus a $1.75 surcharge for using this online service. Make sure you have your renewal notice close by, and be ready to provide your license plate number and vehicle’s VIN number. You should also complete an emissions inspection, if applicable.

To renew your New Mexico vehicle registration in person visit for a list of MVD offices in the state of New Mexico. You will also be required to present payment for the required fees and your renewal registration or current New Mexico vehicle registration certificate.

You are only eligible to renew your tag by mail if you’re out of state and can’t make it into an office. If you choose to renew by mail, be sure to enclose a check or money order for required fees, and mail the entire package to the address listed on your renewal notice.

Finally, if you wish to register by phone, Make sure you have your renewal notice or current registration close by as they can help you answer the prompts. Remember to also have an emissions inspection done if applicable.

Replacing Your New Mexico Car Registration

Lost your New Mexico car registration? You can apply for a duplicate (for a fee of $5) in person at any MVD office. For a list of MVD offices, visit If you are out of state you can call 1-888-MVD-INFO and follow the prompts to inquire about a duplicate New Mexico car registration.

Changing Your Address

In New Mexico, changing the address on your vehicle’s registration can be completed by mail.


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