With so many documents to remember, you may feel overwhelmed when it comes time to go to the MVD to get your REAL ID. At MVD Express, we want to make your trip to our facility as stress-free as possible, which is why we strive to provide you with all of the information you need, making it easy for you to prepare for your appointment in advance. Ready to get the process started? Contact an MVD Express near you to make an appointment or check out our live wait times!

Proof of Residency Requirements

In order to obtain your REAL ID or standard New Mexico driver’s license, you will need to provide documents such as your passport, your birth certificate, and even your social security card. That being said, many people aren’t quite sure what to provide to prove residency. Currently, in order to obtain your driver’s license, you must provide TWO of the following:

Documents that Establish Proof of New Mexico Residency
Two (2) of the following:
Note: Documents can be from the same category below, but not from the same entity and must be unexpired and valid.
  1. Current real property rental or purchase agreement
  2. Current Insurance bill, card, or binder
  3. Local property tax statement
  4. Original documents from a city, county, state, tribal or federal government organization attesting to the fact that the applicant is a New Mexico resident
  5. New Mexico medical assistance card with address on card, letter from issuing agency that came with card showing name and address, or profile printout from issuing agency.
  6. Document evidencing eligibility and proof that the applicant is currently receiving services from a non-profit organization qualified pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986 provided the document displays the applicant’s address
  7. NM Public Assistance card with address on card, letter from issuing agency that came with card showing name and address, or profile printout from issuing agency.

The following documents must be dated within 60 days:

  1. Utility bill; Does not include cell phone bills
  2. Bank or credit card statement
  3. Employment pay stub containing applicant’s name and address
  4. Documentation from an education institution such as a transcript, report card or enrollment confirmation.

Applicants under 18 may also provide:

  1. Documents indicating membership in a NM sports organization provided applicant is less than 18 years of age
  2. Documents indicating membership in a NM religious organization, provided the applicant is less than 18 years of age
  3. If the applicant is less than 18 years of age, an affidavit from the applicant’s parent or guardian stating that the applicant lives with that person, as long as the affidavit is accompanied by the parent/guardian’s New Mexico Identification card, or two proofs of residency of the parent/guardian
NOTE: Applicants for a DL or ID card not acceptable for federal purposes who are homeless or in temporary lodging and unable to provide two of the documents identified in the list above may provide an affidavit or notarized letter from a representative of a New Mexico governmental entity, not-for-profit organization, assisted care facility/home, adult assisted living facility/home, homeless shelter, transitional service provider, or group/halfway house certifying to the address where the applicant resides or receives services in lieu of the requirements in the list above.

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