If you have recently visited the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) only to be burdened by extensive wait times, less than ideal customer service, and crowded waiting areas, you know just how frustrating it can be to devote the majority of your day waiting to be seen by an MVD representative. Worse yet, you may finally have your number called on the MVD intercom, only to realize that you are missing important documentation that is essential to completing the task at hand. This can cause quite the headache, causing you to have to come back at a later time to, yet again, experience long waiting times and an influx of impatient customers. What if there was an easier way to have your needs met at the MVD?

MVD Express is New Mexico’s leading service for providing registrations, licenses, VIN inspections, and so much more. For more than twenty consecutive years, our friendly staff members have continued to provide the most in customer satisfaction with minimal wait times. We know that you will be completely satisfied with our efficiency at MVD Express, and look forward to seeing you in one of our 10 unique locations.

What Makes Us Different from the MVD?

At MVD Express, we value your time, which is why we list wait times for each of our locations directly on our website. Waiting to be seen at the MVD can cost you hours out of your day which can be problematic, especially if you work full time or have other important obligations. This is what sets us apart from New Mexico’s MVD. Our friendly staff at MVD Express works quickly and efficiently so that you will never have to wait longer than 30 minutes to be seen for your appointment. In fact, most customers are assisted by one of our friendly staff members in less than 15 minutes!

By visiting our locations page, you can easily find an MVD Express near you in just a matter of moments. With 10 separate locations in areas such as Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Rio Rancho, we are dedicated to addressing your needs in a timely manner so that you can spend less time waiting in lines and more time on the open road.

Services Offered At MVD Express

We know that our customers have a wide variety of needs ranging from title registrations and permit tests to VIN inspections and new residency services. That’s why, at MVD Express, we offer the same leading services that you would find at your local MVD. However, our efficient staff members and minimal wait times allow us to assist customers at an expedited rate. This leads to a much more enjoyable experience for both you and our friendly team of professionals, resulting in the highest level of customer satisfaction in the least amount of time possible. Below, you will be able to learn more about a few of our most popular services, and what you should plan on bringing to your next appointment at MVD Express.


Vehicle Titles

An essential piece of information that indicates ownership, vehicle titles are a necessity if you plan on legally operating a vehicle in New Mexico. MVD Express assists countless individuals each day with transferring vehicle title ownership and much more. In fact, by visiting our website, you can learn more about the process of transferring a title, fees associated with title transfers, and what you need to know about motor vehicle and motorcycle title transfers.

What You Will Need for New and Used Titles

  • A completed emissions test
  • Proof of Liability Insurance
  • Two verifiable proofs of residency
  • A valid ID or Driver’s License
  • A Bill of sale, lien info, or a dealer’s invoice
  • Proof of VIN inspection
  • Title
  • Vehicle

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Vehicle Registration

To legally use a motor vehicle in the state of New Mexico, maintaining an up-to-date vehicle registration should be your top priority. A legally registered motor vehicle shows that you are the owner of said vehicle and are a contributing taxpayer. Failing to keep your vehicle’s registration up to date can result in a small fine if not remediated within the given timeline.

According to the MVD, “if you are less than 31 days late in renewing your vehicle registration, you must pay a $10.00 penalty, along with the cost of your registration renewal fee.” This penalty can become even more severe if you are late on renewing your vehicle registration by more than 31 days. In fact, you can expect to pay “a penalty equal to 75% of the registration fee. This penalty is added to the cost of your registration renewal fee.” For this reason, we suggest scheduling an appointment with MVD Express to renew your vehicle’s registration both quickly and easily. Below, you will find the required documents that must be presented in order to renew your vehicle’s registration. However, if you are a new resident of New Mexico, you will be required to present several additional pieces of information not listed below.

What You Will Need for Registration Renewal

  • A passed emissions test
  • A valid ID matching the name listed on your title
  • Two verifiable proofs of your physical address in New Mexico
  • Proof of an active insurance policy
  • Proof of a completed VIN inspection
  • A vehicle title or the information of your lienholder

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ID Services

We understand that not everyone operates a motor vehicle, so you may not have a reason to have a driver’s authorization card. However, there are many good reasons why you may need a state ID card at some point in your life. ID cards are used for a variety of different reasons such as purchasing alcohol, getting a library card, and any other instance where verifying your identity is necessary. Luckily, it is incredibly easy to receive a New Mexico state ID at MVD Express, however, you must apply in person to receive your new state ID. Listed below are the required pieces of documentation that you will need to present in order to apply for and receive an ID in the state of New Mexico.

What You Will Need When Applying for A State ID

  • Your Social Security Card
  • Your original birth certificate, passport, or military ID
  • Two proofs of residency in New Mexico, or one proof if you are under 18

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Driving Tests

One of the biggest days of a teenager’s life is the day that they complete their driving test and receive their Real ID driver’s license. However, before that day comes, individuals must first complete a written knowledge exam and fulfill a number of prerequisites before receiving an instructional permit. Once the specified requirements have been met, and you have successfully held an instructional permit for six months without receiving any traffic violations, an individual may begin to receive their provisional license and then schedule their road test with MVD Express.

Unfortunately, at traditional MVD locations, it is not uncommon to have to wait anywhere from six to eight weeks before completing your road test. This may seem like an eternity for a teenager, but fortunately, MVD Express is here to help you complete your driver’s test as quickly as possible. We work hard to ensure that you will be seen the same day that you schedule your road test, so that you won’t have to spend weeks waiting to receive your driver’s license. This is just one of the ways that we are able to add considerable value to our already stellar customer service.

What You Will Need for Your Instructional Permit

  • Proof of driver education program completion or proof of current enrollment
  • Two proofs of identity
  • Two proofs of residency in New Mexico

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Real ID Driver’s Licenses

Beginning in 2005, the Real ID Act was implemented to further establish one’s identity as a means to further secure our country. While not every state is Real ID compliant, it will be a required form of identification nationwide by October 2020. Real IDs are also useful to individuals who fly often and do not possess a passport, as it will soon be a requirement to have a Real ID to board an aircraft or enter a federal facility.

You may be wondering how to obtain a Real ID, and luckily, you are not alone. The documentation needed to receive a Real ID is extensive, and as such, we have listed the necessary credentials needed on our website. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the process of receiving a Real ID, simply get in touch with our team of friendly professionals to learn more.

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Motorcycle Licenses

New Mexico is home to breathtaking views, sunny weather, and endless roads that are ready to  be explored. However, before you can safely venture out into the unknown on your motorcycle, there are a few prerequisites that you must complete. For example, if you have never applied for a motorcycle license in the state of New Mexico, you must first complete a motorcycle safety course as well as a road test and a motorcycle license test. While this may seem like a great deal of work, the truth is that these courses are designed to keep you as safe as possible while on New Mexico’s roadways. Once you have completed your prerequisite motorcycle courses and are ready to receive your motorcycle license, simply visit any of our locations and present the following documentation listed below.

What You Will Need To Receive Your Motorcycle License

  • Your Social Security Card
  • A parent or legal guardian if you are under 18
  • Your original birth certificate
  • Proof of your road test and motorcycle license test completion
  • Two proofs of residency in New Mexico, or one proof if you are under 18

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Are You A New Resident of New Mexico?

If you are new to the Land of Enchantment, you may not know where to begin when it comes time to update your address, apply for a new ID card, or update your vehicle registration. We know that relocating to a new state can be incredibly hectic, which is why we are here to help guide you throughout every step of the process. When compared to other surrounding states, the requirements for obtaining a New Mexico driver’s license are fairly straightforward. However, there are some minor caveats to keep in mind when applying for a Real ID Driver’s License. Failing to do so could create undue stress on your behalf, resulting in you having to make multiple trips to one of our locations.

For example, it is a state requirement that all drivers complete the “None for the Road” program before receiving their driver’s license. This course can be completed at home by watching informative videos online, and is designed to educate individuals about the importance of DWI prevention and awareness. While this program can be completed in a short period of time, many new residents of New Mexico are unaware that the program exists, and fail to complete it before arriving at the Motor Vehicle Department. For your convenience, we have listed all of the necessary items to have in your possession when applying for your Real ID driver’s license.

What You Will Need To Receive Your New Mexico Driver’s License

  • Your original birth certificate
  • Your Social Security Card
  • Two proofs of your physical address
  • Your current driver’s license
  • “None for the Road” proof of completion

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Finding An MVD Express Near You

You may be wondering where the nearest MVD Express is in your area. The good news is that you will never have to travel too far to find one of our 10 locations. With six locations in Albuquerque, and four unique locations in Gallup, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe, finding an MVD Express near you is now easier than ever. Our wait times are updated in real time on our website so that you can travel to an MVD Express and be seen almost immediately. We are committed to you, the customer, and that starts by offering the highest level of service and attention to each individual that walks through our doors.