If you live in New Mexico and operate a motor vehicle, car, or motorcycle, it’s important to ensure your driver’s license is not expired. Residents who need to renew their driver’s license are required to obtain either a REAL ID or a driver’s authorization card if they do not currently posses a driver’s license. At MVD Express, we’re proud to be a leading provider of quick and efficient DMV services throughout New Mexico. If you need to schedule an appointment to renew your expired driver’s license, contact us or stop by one of our locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, or Las Cruces today!

Renew Your Expired Driver’s License in New Mexico

To renew your New Mexico Driver’s License in accordance to the new Federal mandate, applicants must apply in person at a Mexico Motor Vehicle Division office. A REAL ID is a federally compliant driver’s license that can be used to board an aircraft and enter federal buildings. Applicants who cannot provide proof of legal presence in the United States do not qualify for a REAL ID, and must apply for a driving authorization card instead.

Required Documentation To Renew Your Driver’s License

If you have an expired driver’s license, the license renewal process may be a little more complicated, especially if your license has been expired for one year or more. Before you visit one of our MVD Express locations to renew your license, make sure to bring the following material:

You’ll need to bring some special paperwork, including: If your license has been expired for 5 years or more, you will need to bring the following:
  • State-issued birth certificate OR valid passport
  • Original Social Security Card (cannot accept laminated card)
  • 2 proofs of current physical address
  • State-issued birth certificate OR valid passport
  • Original Social Security Card (cannot accept laminated card)
  • 2 proofs of current physical address
  • Written test
  • Road test
  • Click here for a full list of acceptable documents for a Real ID-compliant license
  • Typically, your license will expire 30 days after your birthday. You can renew your driver’s license up to 90 days before the expiration date.

REAL ID Information Regarding Name Changes

If your proof of identity document (birth certificate, social security card, passport, etc.) does not contain your current full legal name, you must present official documents reflecting any name change(s). This may include a marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption records or court order. In a case of multiple name changes, you must present official documents for each name change. Divorce decrees must reference the maiden name or former name before marriage.
If your passport or identity document contains your current legal name, you do not need to provide proof of a name change. For more information on what documentation to bring to for license reinstatement, new resident licenses, interlock licenses and more, see our see our ‘What to Bring’ page, or contact us with any questions you have.

Renewing A New Mexico Suspended License

If your license has been previously suspended in New Mexico, your credentials must be in good standing with the state to renew your license.


MVD Express: Your Albuquerque DMV

If you have to renew your New Mexico driver’s license, visit one of our MVD Express locations throughout New Mexico today. From learner’s permits to license plates, we offer comprehensive motor vehicle services so you can get in, get done, and get going! Contact our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment!