As of November 14, 2016, New Mexico started issuing driver's licenses and identification cards that comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005 as well as non-compliant driving authorization cards.
On October 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver's license or ID card to be Real ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board an aircraft or enter federal facilities where ID is required.
Existing New Mexico driver's licenses (issued before REAL ID) and ID cards will continue to be accepted until expiration or October 1, 2020, whichever is sooner.
When you renew your current New Mexico license, you will need to choose which credential you will be applying for and bring the required documents. To obtain a Real ID license or ID card, you must present proof of identity, proof of identity number and two proofs of address in person at the MVD one time, even if you did so prior to Real ID implementation.
There is no rush. You can wait until your next renewal or until you need to make a change to your name or address.
• Lists of Acceptable Documents for Real ID Issuance (Click Here)
• Lists of Acceptable Documents for Driver Authorization Card (DAC) (Click Here)
The name on the MVD issued credential must be your legal name. If your birth certificate or identity document contains your current legal name, you do not need to provide proof of a name change.
The names on any submitted documents must match your legal name. The name on your birth certificate is considered your legal name if the birth certificate is provided. For example, if you are providing an SSN for proof of identity number, it must match the name on the birth certificate. If it does not, you must either correct the name on the SSN by contacting the Social Security Administration, or use one of the other accepted documents.
Maiden Name Changes
If your proof of identity document does not contain your current full legal name, you must present documentation of any name change(s).
This may include a marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption records or court order. The MVD uses the full legal name as listed on the document.
In a case of multiple name changes, you may be asked for marriage certificates or other proof of each change.
Divorce decrees must reference the maiden name or former name before marriage.
If you lack any of these documents, contact your state or county Vital Statistics Office. The birth certificate must be an original or a certified copy. A list is available from the National Center for Health Statistics. You may also use www.vitalchek.com or a similar commercial service.
Documents must show your name and New Mexico residential address.