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Replace a New Mexico Drivers License

Residents with a stolen or lost drivers license in New Mexico must apply for a drivers license replacement through the state's Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). When obtaining an NM copy of drivers license, drivers will need to get either a REAL ID driving license or a driving authorization card. To replace licenses so that it is in accordance with the Federal REAL ID Act, you must appear in person at an NM MVD office. Drivers can also get a drivers license copy online, only if they prove eligible to complete the process. To learn more about replacing drivers licenses in NM, read the sections below.

How to Report a Lost or Stolen NM Driver's License

In case you have a stolen drivers license, and you want to obtain a New Mexico duplicate drivers license with a different license number, you must report the event to the police. Notifying the local law enforcement agency will help drivers protect themselves from identity theft. Before arriving at the local MVD office in NM, be sure you have a copy of the police report along with the other required documents. To get an NM drivers license replacement, applicants must also present a signed statement indicating that they will obtain a new drivers license number, due to their license to drive being lost or stolen.

Replacing Your New Mexico Driver's License

New Mexico drivers license replacement applicants must first decide which type of driving license they will obtain upon arrival at the local driver's license office. When applying for a duplicate drivers license in NM, the state's Motor Vehicle Division will issue one of two different types of license:

  • A REAL ID driver's license.
  • A driving authorization card.

The REAL ID license card allows applicants to board an aircraft or enter federal facilities where ID is required, as it is federally compliant. The driving authorization card, which is not in accordance with the Federal Act, is used strictly as an identification card and driving license. Should you require one of the aforementioned types, you must bring the proper documentation personally at a DMV location in NM. Getting a copy of drivers license also requires you to pay the replacement fee. The current cost to replace drivers license in New Mexico is $18 for a four-year license and $34 for an eight-year license. Note that applicants who are 79 years of age or older will not be required to pay a replacement fee.

In Person

To apply for an NM drivers license replacement in person, drivers must adhere to the requirements set by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division. In case you apply for a REAL ID drivers license copy, you must present the documents below:

  • Proof of identification number.
  • Proof of identity.
  • Two proofs of residency in New Mexico.

When replacing their drivers licenses in New Mexico, applicants also have the option to obtain a driving authorization card. To do so, you must bring the following documentation at your nearby NM MVD location:

  • Two proofs of identity and identify number.
  • Two proofs of New Mexico residency.

If you have had a name change, you must also provide a document indicating your current name. Applicants who are not able to provide proof of lawful status may apply only for the driving authorization card. Note that you may be obliged to pass a set of required tests in addition. While the NM MVD processes the drivers license replacement request, drivers will receive a temporary license to drive.

NM drivers with a change of address must notify the local MVD office in NM within 10 days. Should they wish to have the new address on their driving license, they must either visit the DMV office or complete the Renew/Replace My License Request on E-services (if eligible) and get a new license to operate a vehicle. You must pay the license replacement fee for the service as well.

Note: Documents presented in a different language must be accompanied by a written translation in English.


To obtain an NM drivers license copy online, drivers must first prove their eligibility to do so. Only applicants between 18 and 75 years of age who hold a valid driver's license can submit a replacement request electronically. To utilize the New Mexico MyMVD online replacement service, you must submit the following information:

  • New Mexico Driver's License Number.
  • Date of Birth.
  • Last Name.
  • Last four digits of your ID such as Social Security Number.

Getting your New Mexico drivers license replacement will also require paying the applicable replacement fee.

Submitted by cggonzales on 13th May 2015

Haven't used my liscence

Haven't used my liscence since the 80's as I didn't have a car and so didn't renew it.what is the fee for the renewal?

Submitted by jaramillion on 22nd Sep 2014

on 8 21 2014..I renewed my

on 8 21 2014..I renewed my drivers license because I moved back to new mexico from wife Anna Jaramillo and I Nicolas J. Jaramillo actually both renewed our drivers licenses...and paid all fees...however my wife received hers within ten days...Im still waiting for Mine....I checked the status on line and it stated that it was processed and mailed....Im still waiting for it has been 31 days...I appreciate any info ...thank you Nicolas j.Jaramillo

Submitted by writer1865 (not verified) on 29th Jun 2012

Need info for CDL drivers out

Need info for CDL drivers out of state temporarily. Do they also have only 30 day valid license for renewing or replacing a license?

If you pay the full renewal fee is license good for 8 years?

Submitted by atcittyjb (not verified) on 15th Feb 2012

I am currently stationed in

I am currently stationed in afganistan,my wallet was partially destroyed during kinetic activities.Is it possible to order a replacement drivers licence other then the 30 day temporary?Is it possible to have it mailed to an APO AE adress?

Jon Atcitty

Submitted by riveraj1 (not verified) on 23rd Oct 2009

Hi, I am in the process to

Hi, I am in the process to relocate from the military overseas to White Sands missile Range military community, I do not have a valid state drivers license. But I do have an Italian driver's license and a an allied forces military driver's license, are this drivers license recognized for me to get a state drivers license without taking any test or do I need to do the entire process again, in getting all the testing as a beginner.

Submitted by PORTUGUESE02 (not verified) on 7th Jun 2009

I am attending school out

I am attending school out here and need a replacement Drivers License sent to me out here.

James Edward Cunha

336 W.Sonoma Street

Eureka Ca.95501

All the information on my checks and credit cards have my New Mexico I.D