New Mexicans have a special opportunity for the next two weekends to obtain driver’s licenses and IDs and conduct any other MVD business as part of the state’s Standard License rollout.
The Motor Vehicle Division will have special Saturday office hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 12 and again Saturday Oct. 19 at the following eight offices:
- Albuquerque Montgomery Plaza Office, 4575 San Mateo NE, Suite G190;
- Albuquerque Eagle Vista Office, 9651 Eagle Ranch Road NW;
- Albuquerque Rio Bravo Office, 3211 Coors Boulevard SW, Suites D10 and 11;
- Las Cruces Main Street Office, 505 S. Main Street, Suite 357;
- Las Cruces Del Rey Office, 3291 Del Rey Boulevard, Suite 10;
- Santa Fe office, 2546 Camino Entrada;
- Gallup office, 1710 East Aztec Avenue; and
- Hobbs municipal MVD Office, 4800 Jack Gomez Boulevard.
The new Standard License is an alternative to the Real ID license. New Mexicans can obtain a Standard License with as little as one document proving identity and age and two documents proving New Mexico residency.
The Standard Driver’s Licenses and IDs do not satisfy federal Real ID requirements and after Oct. 1, 2020 will not be valid for boarding commercial airline flights or for entering certain federal facilities. However, private establishments and state and local government agencies in New Mexico that accept REAL ID credentials as identification by law must also accept Standard Licenses and ID cards.
The requirements for a Real ID license are established by federal law and have not changed. Other documents, such as a valid passport, also can be used for Real ID purposes. A complete list of Real ID credentials is available at TSA.gov.
New Mexicans interested in obtaining either the Standard or the Real ID license should make sure they have the necessary documents before making the trip to an MVD office. Lists of acceptable documents for Standard and Real ID licenses are available at mvd.newmexico.gov. Use the pull-down menu titled Driver’s Licenses/ID’s to find the appropriate list.
If your current license is valid or expired for less than one year, you may be able to obtain a Standard License on line at mvd.newmexico.gov.