New Mexico car registration renewals

Determine the Status of Your RegistrationRegistration-Renewals

You must renew your vehicle’s registration either every year or every two years.

Renew NM Registration
Registration and liability insurance are legally required to drive and park on public roads.

Register in NM for the First Time
Follow the process for first time registration if you recently bought a car or moved to the state. New residents have 30 days to get their vehicles registered.

Register a Non-Operational Vehicle
If your car is not being driven or parked on public roads, you do not need to renew its registration. You do need to notify the MVD and the state’s Insurance Identification Database (IIDB). Complete an Affidavit of Non-Use and make two copies – one copy for yourself and mail one copy to the MVD at:

Motor Vehicle Division
Joseph Montoya Building
P.O. Box 1028
1100 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1028

Mail the original form to the IIDB at:

New Mexico Insurance Identification Database
P.O. Box 9700
Albuquerque, NM 87119-9700

This will prevent the MVD from adding late fees to your registration record once it expires, and it notifies the IIDB you no longer need insurance coverage on that vehicle.

Check Your Renewal NoticeRegistration-Renewals

The MVD usually mails a renewal notice before your registration expires. If you do not receive one, you can use your current registration certificate as your renewal application.

The notice contains information about your registration, including the total taxes and fees you owe. If may also include information about emissions inspections.

Calculate Your FeesRegistration-Renewals

First, decide if you want to renew your registration for one or two years. Fees are based on the weight and model year of your vehicle. One year registration ranges from $21 to $207 and two-year registration from $42 to $402.

There are late fees for renewing past your deadline. The fee is $10 for the first month, then 75% of your total registration fees each month thereafter.

Renew Online, In Person, By Mail or By PhoneRegistration-Renewals

Online
* You must have already passed an emissions test, if required
* Have your renewal notice or current registration on hand
* Have a MasterCard or Visa to pay the fees, which will include a $1.75 service charge
* Visit the online registration page and follow the directions online
* Expect your new registration certificate and tabs in three to five business days

In Person
* You must have already passed an emissions test, if required
* Have your renewal notice or current registration on hand
* Have a MasterCard or Visa, cash, money order, or personal check to pay the fees
* Visit an MVD with all of the above. No appointment necessary.

By Mail
* You must have already passed an emissions test, if required
* Make sure your renewal notice reflects your correct address. If you need your materials mailed somewhere else, include that on the notice along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. You can use your current registration certificate if you did not receive, or lost, your notice.
* Mail the renewal notice and check or money order to:

Motor Vehicle Division
Joseph Montoya Building
P.O. Box 1028
1100 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1028

By Phone
* You must have already passed an emissions test, if required
* Have your renewal notice or current registration on hand
* Have a MasterCard or Visa to pay the fees, which will include a $1.75 service charge
* Call the 24-hour automated service at (888) MVD-INFO

Affix Your StickersRegistration-Renewals

Follow the instructions to correctly place your new tabs.

Get a Tax DeductionRegistration-Renewals

Since registration renewal fees aren’t based on the vehicle’s value, they cannot be deducted on your taxes.

Do Your Part to Keep Our Roadways SafeRegistration-Renewals

Make vehicle maintenance a priority. Stick to a maintenance schedule that includes regular oil changes, tune-ups, and tire rotations. Replace the tires when necessary.

Consider joining a roadside assistance program in case you get stranded. An after-market auto warranty is a good way to protect yourself against high costs of unexpected repairs. Make sure you have a trustworthy mechanic, too.