MVD Launches Drop-Off Service For New Vehicle Registration


In an effort to meet customer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico  Motor Vehicle Division is launching a new service option for New Mexicans who need to  register a vehicle for the first time. 

Beginning the week of Jan. 25, motorists who need to register a vehicle for the first time  will be able to make an appointment to drop off the necessary paperwork at an MVD  state field office. After a cursory review to ensure the documentation is complete, MVD  staff will process the transaction without the customer present. The customer then will  be contacted by email to submit payment remotely. Once payment is received, the new registration and license plate will be mailed to the customer.  

This service is being implemented in an effort to serve more customers while minimizing in-person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. At their appointment  time, customers will briefly wait while an MVD agent reviews their paperwork, but the  customer will not be present when MVD staff processes the transaction. 

Customers must have a valid email address and access to a printer to be able to use this  service. 

The service is not available for out-of-state vehicles that do not already have a New  Mexico title, which require a VIN inspection before they can be registered.  

Customers needing only to renew an existing New Mexico registration can do so online  at, by phone at 888-683-4636 or at one of MVD’s two new self-service kiosks located Albuquerque Albertson’s Markets. More information about the kiosks is  available at  

MVD state field offices in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Espanola,  Farmington and Clovis will have appointment slots for the new drop-off service on  Wednesdays between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Other state offices will have slots available  between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Fridays.

Customers can book appointments at using the inline online scheduling  tool or by calling 888-683-4636.  

For this process to work, customers must bring all required documentation to their  drop-off appointments. After booking their appointments, customers will print and  complete a form providing information needed to process their registrations. Customers  will bring the completed forms to their appointments along with other necessary  documents, including:  

■ A copy of New Mexico credentials, driver’s license or ID card for all listed vehicle  buyers. Those with an out-of-state license or ID will also need two proofs of  residency  

■ Proof of current insurance for the vehicle  

■ Original New Mexico title  

Also, if applicable:  

■ The bill of sale  

■ Notarized affidavit of gift 

■ Lien holder’s name, address and maturity date 

■ Purchase order if purchased from a dealer 

■ An emissions certificate for vehicles 4 years or older from manufacture date that will be registered in or used for commuting in Bernalillo County More information about acceptable documentation to register a vehicle may be found at