A New Mexico state ID is an identification credential for residents who do not wish to operate motor vehicles, or are too young to obtain a drivers license. New Mexico residents can get an ID card at any age, as long as they do not hold a driver’s license and an identification credential at the same time. Once applicants obtain their identification credentials, they may use their IDs as proof of age, identity and address. However, their IDs will only comply with federal security standards under the REAL ID Act of 2005 if they obtain REAL ID-compliant credentials.

To obtain an identification card that complies with the REAL ID Act, customers must provide their local Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Field Offices with proof of their eligibility. Then, they may use their REAL IDs as proof of identity when boarding domestic flights or entering federal facilities. To learn more about the process of purchasing these non-driving identification credentials, review the information below.

New Mexico DMV ID Requirements

As part of the New Mexico DMV state ID requirements, applicants may only obtain new, non-driver identification credentials if they do not hold their current driver’s licenses or other official ID cards. If customers wish to surrender a driver’s license to obtain a non-driving identification credential, they must complete a Driver License Surrender Form (MVD-10231) as part of the application process. When New Mexico residents visit a Field Office to apply for an identification credential, an MVD representative will hole-punch and void the old ID, or driver’s license, before providing them with a temporary card.

Moreover, applicants may use the old DMV ID card in conjunction with their temporary identification credentials for up to 45 days. To use these documents as valid proof of identification until the permanent card arrives, cardholders must present both the old and temporary credentials.

In addition to these ID card requirements, customers must be able to provide proof of their state residency and identity before they may obtain a non-compliant identification credential. If applicants cannot provide proof of their state residency, they may submit an Affidavit of New Mexico Residency. If customers are younger than 18 years of age, however, their parents or legal guardians must submit this form on their behalf.

What do you need to get an ID in New Mexico?

“What do you need to get a state ID in New Mexico?” new, potential applicants may wonder. Generally, the specific types of documents customers must provide when applying for a non-driver identification credential will vary, depending on whether they wish to obtain a REAL ID or non-compliant card. To obtain a standard (non-compliant) identification credential, for instance, customers must provide the following:

  • One proof of age and lawful identity, such as a birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad or a current employment authorization credential
  • Two proofs of state residency, such as a recent utility bill, a bank statement or a pay stub issued with the previous 60 days
  • Linking documents, if an applicant’s current legal name differs from the name on his or her proof of identity (a linking document may include a marriage certificate or court order)

In addition to these documents needed for state ID eligibility, customers must submit payment for the applicable DMV ID card fee, and they may need to provide their fingerprints, in some situations. For instance, fingerprints may be necessary if applicants do not currently hold a New Mexico identification credential or driver’s license and cannot present proof of their lawful status.

If DMV identification card applicants are homeless or without a permanent residential address, they may provide a notarized letter from a homeless shelter or another organization as proof of their state residency. Alternately, they may submit an Affidavit of New Mexico Residency (MVD-10020).

If obtaining a child ID card for a resident younger than 18 years of age, however, a parent or legal guardian may submit an affidavit as proof of the applicant’s state residency. In addition to the above documents, a parent or legal guardian must also submit:

  • An Affidavit of New Mexico Residency of Applicant Under Age 18 (MVD-10021).
  • Two proofs of the parent or guardian’s state residency.
  • The parent’s or guardian’s current state-issued identification credential or driver’s license.

How to Get an ID in New Mexico

Knowing where to get state ID credentials is not always easy, but the New Mexico MVD simplifies the process of purchasing an identification credential by accepting applications at any MVD field office in the state. However, applicants cannot get ID online in New Mexico, nor can they apply for identification credentials by mail or telephone.

To find a local field office, residents may use the MVD’s website to search for nearby locations. Once applicants arrive at their local MVD field offices, they must submit any required documents and pay the applicable fee.

REAL ID Cards in New Mexico

A New Mexico REAL ID card is available to qualifying residents who can present verifiable proof of their identity, Social Security Numbers (SSNs) and state residency. To meet minimum security standards under the REAL ID Act of 2005, the MVD began issuing these types of identification credentials on November 14, 2016. Therefore, New Mexicans may purchase a REAL-compliant identification credential at any time, or they may wait until they need to renew their IDs, if they currently hold non-compliant cards.

If an ID card expires after October 1, 2020, however, applicants may need to upgrade their cards before this date, if they wish to use their credentials for federal identification purposes. After October 1, 2020, New Mexicans cannot use their standard identification credentials to board commercial aircrafts or enter certain federal facilities, as the REAL-compliant form of ID will be needed. Several federally-acceptable IDs include a REAL-compliant identification credential, military ID, passport book or passport card.

To apply for REAL ID credentials before October 1, 2020, or to upgrade a standard (non-compliant) credential to a REAL-complaint card at any time, customers must visit an MVD field office to submit certified or original copies of:

  • One proof of lawful identity and age. Acceptable documents include a U.S. passport book or card, U.S. birth certificate, foreign passport or a Certificate of Birth Abroad.
  • One proof of identification number/SSN. To obtain a state ID card, New Mexico residents must submit proof of their Social Security identification numbers, such as a Social Security card, a W-2 or 1099 tax form, a foreign passport or a paystub.
  • Two proofs of New Mexico residency. As proof of state residency, applicants may provide a utility bill or credit card statement that was issued within the previous 60 days, or a mortgage statement or insurance card from the previous six months. Alternatively, applicants who are younger than 18 years of age may submit an Affidavit of New Mexico Residency (MVD-10021).
  • Proof of name change, if applicable. If a DMV state ID applicant’s name differs from the name on his or her submitted documents, the customer must also submit evidence of the name change. This may include a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order.

To learn more about the documents required for REAL ID eligibility, New Mexicans may use the REAL ID Companion (RIC) tool located on the MVD’s website. Applicants can use this interactive tool to help them gather the different types of documents they need in order to apply for their credentials, depending on whether they were born inside or outside of the U.S.

How to Renew or Replace a State ID in New Mexico

Residents may replace a lost ID card in NM by visiting a local MVD field office, unless they hold a REAL ID-compliant credential. If customers hold a REAL ID credential, they may replace their cards online, simply by logging in to their MyMVD accounts.

Additionally, residents who hold a standard ID card credential must visit a local MVD office to renew their credentials in person. When replacing or renewing a standard identification credential, applicants must upgrade to a REAL-compliant credential at no additional fee. Alternatively, they may qualify to obtain a driving authorization card. If New Mexico residents already hold the REAL-compliant credential, however, they may renew or replace their ID materials conveniently online.

Before obtaining a replacement ID card, customers may choose to make changes to the information on their current credentials, as needed. To change their addresses, for instance, New Mexico residents must complete a Change of Address Form (MVD–10284), or they may submit their requests online. To update their gender information with the state MVD, cardholders must complete a Gender Designation Change Request (MVD-10237) form.

DMV ID Costs in New Mexico

. In New Mexico, the cost of purchasing an eight-year, non-driving credential is $18, while the four-year credentials are $10. These costs are the same for REAL-compliant and non-compliant cards.

The DMV ID cost of renewing or replacing a non-driver credential is the same as that of purchasing an original card. If customers are 79 years of age or older, however, they may purchase, renew or replace their cards at no charge.

Last updated on Wednesday, March 4 2020.