All persons driving a motor vehicle on New Mexico highways and roadways are required to be licensed.
The New Mexico MVD issues a secure driver license to help protect New Mexicans from identity theft. Persons applying for a first-time driver license, a license renewal or a license replacement are issued a temporary license while their regular license is being processed and mailed.
Your old New Mexico driver license will be hole-punched and may be used with the temporary license, for up to 45 days from the date of issue. The temporary license and the hole-punched license are only valid for identification purposes when presented together.
A driver license or ID can either be renewed online or at a field office. In order to determine whether or not you are eligible please click here to go to the online renewal. To renew at a field office, you only need to bring in your current New Mexico license.
Fees for a New Mexico Driver License
The fee is $18.00 for a four-year license or $34.00 for an eight-year license.
Drivers who are 75 years old or older must renew their licenses yearly, but they are not charged renewal fees.
Special Requirements – Expired Licenses
Written Test – All persons applying for a renewal New Mexico driver license whose license has been expired for one year or more, must pass the required written test(s).
Road Test – All persons applying for a renewal New Mexico driver license whose license has been expired over five years, must pass the required road test(s).
A license will not be issued if your driving privileges are suspended, revoked or denied by this state or any other state. You must first resolve the suspension or revocation of your license.