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Chapter 6: Acceptable Documents for DLs, regular IDs and CDLs

01/09/2009
10:17 AM

Section A.  Acceptable Documents to Prove Identification numbers, Identity and Residence for Real ID-Federal Compliant
Section B.  Lists of Acceptable Documents Real ID Issuance
Section C.  Required Documents for all Commercial Licenses and Permits
Section D.  Acceptable Documents for Commercial Driver’s License and Commercial learner’s Permit Issuance

 

Section A: Acceptable Documents to Prove Identification numbers, Identity and Residence for Real ID-Federal Compliant-Driver license, provisional, permit and Identification card

Revised November 7, 2016

Applicants for a New Mexico Real ID permit, provisional or driver's license, commercial license (CDL) or identification card must provide one proof of identification number; one proof of identity; and, two proofs of physical residency showing a New Mexico physical address. (18.19.5.12 NMAC), as revised effective November 14, 2016

Note: Field office personnel always have the ability and responsibility to inquire further, and may request additional documentation if documents were not verified through Save or VLS, if there is reason to suspect that documents provided are not legitimate. If in doubt consult your manager, who may in turn consult with the appropriate Bureau Chief. Field office managers and staff are also reminded to review PQU#6 (Reports of Possible Fraud, August 9, 2006) for guidance in situations where fraud is suspected.

18.19.5.12 NMAC PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION NUMBER, IDENTITY, AND AGE FOR UNITED STATES CITIZEN, UNITED STATES NATIONAL OR PERMANENT RESIDENT ALIEN:

  1. A United States citizen, United States national or permanent resident alien applying for a REAL ID Act of 2005 compliant New Mexico identification card, driving permit, provisional driver’s license, or driver's license, other than a commercial driver's license, must provide documentary proof of their     identification number, identity, age, lawful status and New Mexico residency.
  2. To establish identity and age, and lawful status, the applicant must present at least one of the following documents:
  • Valid, unexpired United States passport
  • Valid, unexpired United States passport card
  • Valid Foreign passport, with I-551 stamp(non-commercial only)
  • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with a state office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in the individual’s place of birth
  • Consular report of birth abroad issued by the U. S. Department of State, form FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545
  • Valid , unexpired permanent resident card form I-551 issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Certificate of Naturalization issued by DHS form N-550 or Form N-570
  • Certificate of Citizenship issued by DHS form N-560 or form N-561
  • Other documents as DHS may designate by notice published in the Federal Register or other documents as allowed by an approved DHS exception process(non-commercial only)
  • an unexpired foreign passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form documenting the applicant's most recent admittance into the United States, verified by SAVE. This document can be used to satisfy both the identity and age requirement, and identification number requirement for a Real ID compliant credential.

18.19.5.14 NMAC PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION NUMBER, IDENTITY, AGE, AND LAWFUL STATUS FOR LAWFUL UNITED STATES RESIDENTS:

  1. A person who is legally in the United States but not a United States citizen, United States national or permanent resident alien may apply for a REAL ID Act of 2005 compliant New Mexico identification card, driving permit, provisional driver’s license, or driver's license, other than a commercial driver's license, and must provide documentary proof of their identification number, identity, age, lawful status and New Mexico residency.
  2. To establish identity, age, and lawful status, the applicant must present at least one of the following documents:
  • An unexpired employment authorization document issued by U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) form I-1766 or form I-688B, verified by the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements system (SAVE)
  • an unexpired foreign passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form documenting the applicant's most recent admittance into the United States, verified by SAVE. This document can be used to satisfy both the identity and age requirement, and identification number requirement for a Real ID compliant credential
  • REAL ID Act of 2005 driver’s license or identification card issued in compliance with the standards established by this part, to establish legal or lawful presence in the United States, the applicant must present one of the following documents issued by the U.S. federal government verified through SAVE:
       o Unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United States
       o Pending or approved application for asylum in the United States
       o Admission into the United States as a refugee
       o Pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States
       o Approved deferred action status
       o Pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident or conditional resident
       o Conditional permanent resident alien status
       o Other documents as DHS may designate by notice published in the Federal Register

Along with the identity document listed above, an applicant must also present his or her social security administration (SSA) account number card. If a social security administration account card is not available, the person shall present one the following documents, provided that the document bears the applicant’s social security number:

Acceptable identification numbers:

An applicant who is eligible for a Social Security number (SSN) must produce his or her Social Security Administration account number card; if a Social Security Administration account card is not available, the person may present any of the following documents bearing the applicant’s SSN:

  • W-2 form
  • SSA-1099 form
  • Non-SSA-1099 form
  • Pay stub with the applicant’s name and SSN on it
  • an unexpired foreign passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form documenting the applicant's most recent admittance into the United States, verified by SAVE. This document can be used to satisfy both the identity and age requirement, and identification number requirement for a Real ID compliant credential.

18.19.5.16 NMAC PROOF OF NEW MEXICO RESIDENCY: (2 required)

  1. All applicants for a REAL ID Act of 2005 compliant New Mexico identification card, driving permit, provisional driver’s license, or driver's license, other than a commercial driver's license, and all applicants for a driving authorization card and identification card not acceptable for federal purposes must provide documentary evidence demonstrating New Mexico residency.
  2. Applicants must provide two of the following documents, showing the applicant’s name and a New Mexico residential address for the applicant, as proof that the applicant lives in New Mexico.
  • a current real property rental agreement or purchase agreement
  • a utility bill dated within 60 days, such as water, gas, electric, waste, telephone, cable or satellite bill, but not a bill for a cell phone;
  • an insurance bill, card or binder, dated within the past 6 months;
  • a bank or credit card statement dated within 60 days;
  • an employment pay stub that contains the applicant’s name and address, dated within 60 days;
  • a current local property tax statement or mortgage documents;
  • a document from an education institution, such as a transcript, report card or enrollment confirmation, provided it is dated within 60 days;
  • original documents from a New Mexico community organization attesting to the fact that the applicant is a New Mexico resident, provided it is dated within 60 days;
  • original documents from a city, county, state, tribal or federal government organization attesting to the fact that the applicant; is a New Mexico resident;
  • a New Mexico medical assistance card with address on card, letter from issuing agency that came with card showing name and address, or profile printout from issuing agency;
  • a New Mexico public assistance card with address on card, letter from issuing agency that came with card showing name and address, or profile printout from issuing agency;

Under 18 years of age can also use:

  • documents indicating membership in a New Mexico religious organization, provided that the applicant is less than 18 years of age; or
  • documents indicating membership in a New Mexico sports organization, provided that the applicant is less than 18 years of age
  • if the applicant is less than 18 years of age, an affidavit from the applicant’s parent or guardian stating that the applicant lives with that person, as long as the affidavit is accompanied by the parent/guardian’s New Mexico driver’s license, the parent/guardian’s New Mexico identification card, or two proofs of New Mexico residency of the parent/guardian (MVD-10021);

      [18.19.5.16 NMAC - N, 9/15/2016]

To be acceptable as proof of residency a document must show a New Mexico physical residence address. A New Mexico P.O. Box address is not acceptable as evidence of NM residency.

Lost licenses and IDs: 
A person applying for a driver’s license or identification card that was lost can use a New Mexico enhanced driver’s license photo from the motor vehicle division (MVD) database as proof of identity and identification number, subject to MVD’s ability to verify the applicant’s social security number or other identification number used to obtain the driver’s license or identification card, as sufficient proof to issue a replacement driver’s license or identification card.
Name Change Any of the following documents may be accepted to verify a customer's name change on a New Mexico identification card or driver's license:

  • marriage license,
  • court order,
  • divorce decree, or
  • (for name corrections) birth certificate

Section C: Required Documents for all Commercial Licenses and Permits

Revised November 7, 2016

Every applicant for an out-of-state transfer of a commercial driver's license (CDL) must provide the following documents:
  • Current US State-issued CDL;
  • Proof of Social Security Number (SSN);
  • Proof of identity and U.S. citizenship (or) lawful permanent residence in the U.S.;
  • USDOT Commercial Driver Medical Certificate or proof of employment by a government entity; and
  • Two (2) proofs of physical residency showing a New Mexico address;
Every applicant for a first-time Tapestry-issued commercial driver's license or commercial learner’s permit must provide the following documents:
  • Proof of Social Security Number (SSN);
  • Proof of identity and U.S. citizenship (or) lawful permanent residence in the U.S.;
  • USDOT Commercial Driver Medical Certificate (or) proof of employment by a government entity;
  • Two (2) proofs of physical residency showing a New Mexico address; and
Additional information clarifying each of these requirements is provided below.
 
Notes:
  1. The documents listed below are only the most basic requirements for all CDL applications and are subject to CDL Unit verification. They do not include additional requirements for specific CDL license classifications and endorsements.
  2. Field office personnel always have the ability and responsibility to inquire further, and may request additional documentation, if there is reason to suspect that documents provided are not legitimate. If in doubt consult your manager, who may in turn consult with the appropriate Bureau Chief. Field office managers and staff are also reminded to review (PQU#6 (Reports of Possible Fraud, August 9, 2006) for guidance in situations where fraud is suspected.
Proof of Social Security Number (SSN)
 
An applicant who is eligible for a Social Security number (SSN) must produce his or her Social Security Administration account number card; if a Social Security Administration account card is not available, the person may present any of the following documents bearing the applicant’s SSN:
  • W-2 form
  • SSA-1099 form
  • Non-SSA-1099 form
  • Pay stub with the applicant’s name and SSN on it
Proof of identity and U.S. citizenship (or) lawful permanent residence in the U.S.
 
Identity/U.S. citizenship:
  • Valid, unexpired United States passport
  • Valid, unexpired United States passport card
  • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with a state office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in the individual’s place of birth
  • Consular report of birth abroad issued by the U. S. Department of State, form FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545
  • Certificate of Naturalization issued by DHS form N-550 or Form N-570
  • Certificate of Citizenship issued by DHS form N-560 or form N-561
(or) Lawful permanent residence in the U.S.:
  • Valid , unexpired permanent resident card form I-551 issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Naturalization Service
USDOT Commercial Driver Medical Form
 
The following may be accepted in lieu of the USDOT Commercial Driver Medical Certificate:
  • If driver is employed by a government entity, (city, county, state, or federal), and exempt from holding a Medical Certificate, proof of employment to be verified with an employment Photo ID Card or a Vehicle Certification Form (MVD-10414) signed by the Employer or Supervisor.
Two (2) documents to prove New Mexico residency
  • a current real property rental agreement or purchase agreement
  • a utility bill dated within 60 days, such as water, gas, electric, waste, telephone, cable or satellite bill, but not a bill for a cell phone;
  • an insurance bill, card or binder, dated within the past 6 months;
  • a bank or credit card statement dated within 60 days;
  • an employment pay stub that contains the applicant’s name and address, dated within 60 days;
  • a current local property tax statement or mortgage documents;
  • a document from an education institution, such as a transcript, report card or enrollment confirmation, provided it is dated within 60 days;
  • original documents from a New Mexico community organization attesting to the fact that the applicant is a New Mexico resident, provided it is dated within 60 days;
  • original documents from a city, county, state, tribal or federal government organization attesting to the fact that the applicant; is a New Mexico resident;
  • a New Mexico medical assistance card with address on card, letter from issuing agency that came with card showing name and address, or profile printout from issuing agency;
  • a New Mexico public assistance card with address on card, letter from issuing agency that came with card showing name and address, or profile printout from issuing agency
To be acceptable as proof of residency a document must show a New Mexico physical residence address. A New Mexico P.O. Box address is not acceptable as evidence of NM residency.
 
All documents must be original or certified copy. MVD will also accept copies that are sent directly from the agency that issues or holds the documentation. All documentation must be current.
 
Name Change
 
Any of the following documents may be accepted to verify a customer's name change on a New Mexico identification card or driver's license:
  • marriage license,
  • court order,
  • divorce decree, or
  • (for name corrections) birth certificate
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