OUT-OF-STATE DRIVER’S LICENSE TRANSFER
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WELCOME TO NEW MEXICO!
Did you recently move to New Mexico? If so, welcome to the Land Of Enchantment. Here you will find southern hospitality like no other! Just a heads up, you will hear the phrase “Red or Green?” a lot… they’re referring to the type of chile on your food. Moving can sometimes be a headache, especially if you have a big family, multiple vehicles, and property. Unpacking, decorating your new home, and settling down is just the beginning of your new journey. At one point or another, you will have to update your Drivers License. But how can you do that if you are a new resident of New Mexico, with little to no documentation in your name? Here is where MVD Now can help!
WHAT IS MVD NOW?
MVD Now is a third-party MVD service provider. We charge an additional service fee for our MVD services. This fee helps us operate our 7 locations in Albuquerque and Bernalillo. We believe that third-party MVD offices like ours offer unmatched convenience, customer service, and speed. If you are in a hurry, value your time, and want to be treated kindly and with respect, then MVD Now is a perfect choice! MVD Now offers all of the services that you will find at a regular state-operated MVD (DMV in some states). As we mentioned earlier, southern hospitality is a real thing in our offices!
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE APPLYING FOR YOUR OUT-OF-STATE DRIVER’S LICENSE TRANSFER
The first thing that you will most likely need to transfer will be your Driver’s License. This form of ID is necessary for pretty much everything. You will need it if you make changes to your bank account. You will need it when you travel, or when you get pulled over. Your Drivers License is needed when you register your children at school, or when you fill out a lease agreement. We can all agree that having an updated Driver’s License is necessary. But transferring your Out-Of-State Driver’s License to New Mexico can sometimes be a hassle. Why? Well… because you have not lived here for long. You probably do not have many documents that prove where you live. MVD Now can work with you to help you find documents that are acceptable for your Out-Of-State Driver’s License transfer.
Keep in mind that a license will not be issued if your driving privileges are suspended, revoked, or denied by New Mexico or any other state. You must first resolve the suspension or revocation of your license, then you can apply for your license in New Mexico. Once you apply for your New Mexico Driver’s License, we will give you back your Out-Of-State Driver’s License with a “void” hole punched in it. You will also receive a temporary printout of your New Mexico License that is valid for 45 days. You will need to carry your Out-Of-State License and the paper printout until you receive your New Mexico Drivers License in the mail.
All licenses are printed and mailed by the State of New Mexico. Please allow up to 3 weeks for you to receive your new license in the mail. We understand that many scenarios may impact your Driver’s License transfer process. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 505-341-2MVD, or email us. We will be more than happy to assist you in the process.
WHAT IF YOU LOST OR MISPLACED YOUR OUT-OF-STATE DRIVER’S LICENSE?
You can still apply for a New Mexico driver’s license, even if you do not have your valid Out-Of-State license present. You have three options in this scenario. Option one, you can request an official printout of your Driving Record from your state’s Motor Vehicle Department. Your driving record will serve as proof of your driver’s license. Once you receive the driving record in the mail, do not open the envelope. MVD Now can only accept unopened driving records. This safety measure guarantees that the driving record is not altered. Option two, you can request your driving record from your state’s Motor Vehicle Department and have it mailed or emailed directly to us at MVD Now. Option three, we can request your driving record for you. Visit any of our 7 offices in person and apply for your driving record on the spot. Once we receive it, we will notify you and have you come into our office to complete the process. Remember that a license will not be issued if your driving privileges are suspended, revoked, or denied by New Mexico or any other state. You must first resolve the suspension or revocation of your license, then you can apply for your license in New Mexico.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR YOUR OUT-OF-STATE DRIVER’S LICENSE TRANSFER
When transferring your License, you will have two options to choose from. You can opt for a REAL ID which is what MVD Now suggests. This type of license is valid for federal purposes such as flying domestically or entering federal buildings. You might already have a REAL ID License issued by the state you moved from, but just keep in mind that you will have to provide all of the documents all over again for the REAL ID. Because of its security features, you are not able to transfer a REAL ID from state to state without proving your identity, name, age, federal identification number, and local residency. The checklists below will help you gather all of the required documents for a REAL ID.
- One (1) proof of identity │ View a list of acceptable documents
- One (1) proof of federal identification number (SSN) │ View a list of acceptable documents
- Two (2) proofs of New Mexico residency │ View a list of acceptable documents
Option two is a Standard Driver’s License that is not valid for federal purposes. This Driver’s License will allow you to legally drive, but you will need a federally compliant form of ID when flying domestically, entering federal buildings, or military bases. The Standard Driver’s License is an option when you need a Driver’s License on the fly but you do not have all of the required documents for a REAL ID. This checklist below will help you gather all of the required documents for a Standard Driver’s License.
You have the option of purchasing a 4yr or 8yr Driver’s License. If you are between the ages of 18 and 20, your license will expire one month after you turn 21. At that point, you will need to renew your license to receive a horizontal license. If you are 79 years of age or older, your Standard Driver’s License will be issued for one year. At that point, you will need to renew your license every year.
EXAMS REQUIRED FOR YOUR OUT-OF-STATE DRIVER’S LICENSE TRANSFER
Generally speaking, you do not have to take any written or road exams to transfer your driver’s license to New Mexico. Your Out-Of-State Driver’s License will be surrendered and that will credit you with the written and road exams in New Mexico. The only exam that might be required is the None-For-The-Road Exam.
This is a DWI awareness exam that is required from everyone 24 years of age or younger, or anyone over 25 years of age who has been convicted of DWI. The None for the Road course material and class are administered by UNM Continuing Education, not by the Motor Vehicle Division. You can find more information here. Once you enroll in the class, you will receive a verification code. You will bring that code to any of our MVD Now offices so we can administer the official exam. This exam can be taken as many times as you need to pass.
This is a simple eye exam that is administered to everyone applying for a driver’s license. This ensures that you meet the minimum eyesight requirement to operate a motor vehicle with or without the need for corrective lenses. This test is administered in all of our MVD Now offices.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT MVD NOW
Here at MVD Now, we want to make your MVD visit as seamless as possible. Walk-ins are welcome, but we encourage you to schedule an appointment so you can guarantee zero wait time. There are two ways you can schedule an appointment. You can call us at 505-341-2MVD and we can schedule your appointment and also verify your documents over the phone. You also have the option of scheduling your own appointment through our online scheduler. If you schedule online, one of our MVD agents will call you to verify your documents before your appointment date. This will ensure that you bring all the necessary documents and prevents the dreaded “multiple trip” headache.
When you arrive at any of our offices, you will be greeted by a friendly MVD agent at the front door. They will help you check in for your appointment, verify your documents, and answer any questions that you may have. One of our other MVD agents will promptly assist you and process your transaction. Once completed, we collect payment and you are on your way! MVD Now also partners with local charities throughout the year. Currently, we are working with Make-A-Wish New Mexico. You have the option of rounding your MVD total to the nearest dollar or donating any other amount to this great foundation. Our goal is to deliver the most secure, efficient, professional, and friendly MVD services in town.
WHY CHOOSE MVD NOW FOR YOUR OUT-OF-STATE DRIVER’S LICENSE TRANSFER?
We understand that your time is limited and valuable. That is why we strive to help you make one quick trip. We treat you like you would treat you! We invite you to come and experience our customer service, speed, and efficiency. We break the MVD stereotype!
“Fastest and most kind interaction I’ve ever had at an MVD.”
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“Great place, fast and friendly. Highly recommended!”
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WHAT TO BRING?
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