A New Mexico ID card renewal procedure is mandatory when the credential approaches its expiration date. An identity card holder who is replacing or renewing ID card credentials for the first time may be required to complete an initial procedure for obtaining REAL ID card. You may also choose to apply for a non-compliant ID card renewal or replacement procedure. However, note that beginning in 2020, New Mexico will require all citizens to obtain a REAL ID card.

Therefore, make sure you know which identification card renewal procedure you plan to complete, in order to organize yourself and prepare the required paperwork. Moreover, when replacing stolen or lost ID card credentials, individuals are also required to apply for a REAL ID card or a driving authorization card. If you want to find out more information about how to renew ID card or how to obtain a duplicate ID card in New Mexico, continue reading the sections below.

How to Renew Your ID Card in New Mexico

To renew ID card in New Mexico and provide the necessary documents, individuals will be required to choose between applying for a REAL ID or a non-compliant ID card through the state Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). There is only one identification card renewal method available in the state that requires individuals to apply in person.

The REAL ID card renewal procedure requires applicants to present the following documents:

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

However, if you want to renew identification card credentials that are non-compliant, then you will be required to provide two proofs of identity and identification number as well as two proofs of New Mexico residency. Make sure that the documents you provide are original or certified copies, as the MVD does not accept photocopies, notarized photocopies and non-certified copies.

Note: When providing proof of identity for a NM ID card renewal procedure, the document must contain your full legal name, otherwise you will have to present additional proofs of name change.

How to Replace Your ID Card in New Mexico

When dealing with a lost or stolen ID card, individuals are recommended to obtain a duplicate credential immediately in order to avoid identity theft or fraud. In order to get a copy of ID card, you need to go through the initial ID card application procedure and to obtain a REAL ID, just like when you are renewing ID cards.

In such situations, you may get a REAL ID card by providing the following documents:

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

To obtain a copy of ID card that is not-compliant with the federal regulations, contact the New Mexico MVD for more information about the procedure. The rule for original documents or certified copies applies also to the ID card replacement procedure. Photocopies, notarized photocopies and non-certified copies are not acceptable by the NM MVD.

New Mexico ID Card Renewal and Replacement Fees

The final step in the NM ID card renewal and replacement procedure is to provide a payment for the applicable fees. Applicants who want to obtain a replacement ID card or a renewed one, may be required to pay the same amount of money as for a new credential.

The fee for renewing or replacing ID card credential is $18 for a validity of four years, or $34 for one that is valid for eight years. Note that individuals who want to renew ID cards or to apply for a duplicate ID card in New Mexico may be exempt from paying the fee. Therefore, prior to making any payments for ID cards, make sure to contact the NM MVD.

Last updated on Wednesday, March 4 2020.