If you live in New Mexico and your driver’s license has been lost or stolen, you’ll need to apply for a license replacement through the state’s Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). To replace a license so that it is in accordance with the Federal REAL ID Act, you must appear in person at a local MVD Office. Luckily, MVD Express offers several convenient locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces. If you need to obtain a new automobile/motorcycle license or identification card, contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Replacing Your New Mexico Driver’s License

In the case that someone has stolen your driver’s license, you’ll want to report the event to the police. This will help notify your local law enforcement agency of identity theft in your area. You will then need to obtain a New Mexico duplicate driver’s license with the option to obtain a different New Mexico license number. If you choose to obtain a new New Mexico drivers license with a new license number, before you visit one of our convenient MVD Express locations, make sure you have a copy of the police report, along with any other required documents.

Since the rollout of the Real ID Act, replacing a lost driver’s license requires presenting the same documents you would need to get a brand-new license. You also get the choice (until about 2020) if you want to replace the same type of license you lost (that is, a non-federal compliant license, now called a Driver Authorization Card or DAC) or a Real ID-compliant license. For both licenses, you need to provide:

  • One (1) proof of identity and age (birth certificate)
  • One (1) proof of identification number (SSN)
  • Two (2) proofs of New Mexico residency

When you visit one of our MVD Express locations, you’ll be in and out within a matter of minutes with a new temporary driver’s license in hand and the peace of mind that you have proper identification with you at all times.

Driver’s License Replacement

If you need to replace your New Mexico driver’s license, there are two main types of drivers licenses you can apply for: a REAL ID driver’s license or a driving authorization card. A REAL ID license card can be used to board an aircraft or to enter a federal facility where an ID is required. A driving authorization card, which is not in accordance with the Federal Act, can be used strictly as an identification card and driver’s license. If you’re not sure which type of identification you may need, contact MVD Express today!