Before obtaining a New Mexico license plate, you must register your vehicle with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). This entails completing the requirements, providing proof of ownership, and settling any necessary fees. Once this procedure is completed, you can acquire your license plate and affix it to your vehicle in compliance with the state’s regulations. In case you are buying a pre-owned vehicle in New Mexico, you may have to transfer the license plates from the former owner or procure new ones through the DMV or MVD.
When buying a used car in New Mexico, the deadline to finish the title and registration process is 30 days. But if you acquire a vehicle from another state and bring it to New Mexico, you’ll have 90 days to complete the process. Moving into the state will give you 60 days grace period to register your car, but make sure to bring a duly filled out application and other necessary documents when you go to MVD.
To register your vehicle and obtain a New Mexico license plate, these are the general requirements you may have to comply with
- Driver’s License or Proof of Identity
- Proof of ownership (such as the vehicle’s title or registration from the previous state)
- Inspection/Smog/Odometer certificate (if applicable)
- Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (if applicable)
- Purchase Agreement or Dealer’s Invoice (if applicable)
- Proof of insurance
- Payment for registration fees and any applicable taxes
The cost of vehicle registration in New Mexico may depend on various aspects such as the weight of the vehicle, its model year, and the purpose of use. Moreover, enlisting customized license plates or availing of other services may require extra charges.
After gathering all the required paperwork and fees, you can head to the nearest MVD office in New Mexico to finalize the registration and receive your license plate. The MVD might give you a temporary document during the processing and shipping of your actual license plate.
It is important to note that New Mexico law requires only one license plate per car and it must be displayed at the back, where it can easily be seen by observers.
For further information about obtaining license plates and completing vehicle registrations in New Mexico, contact:
New Mexico MVD Mailing Address:
New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division
Joseph Montoya Building
P.O. Box 1028
Santa Fe 87504-1028