New Mexico License Plate Information Summary
You'll get your New Mexico license plate when you register your vehicle with the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). Then you renew your license plate whenever you renew your registration. Going forward, you can generally transfer your plate from your old vehicle to a new one you purchase.
New Mexico License Plates Offered
New Mexico offers two types of standard plates – normal and Centennial plates. You can also get disabled, vanity, and plates that support various charitable organizations. Contact the MVD for more information.
Once you have your plate, you'll also get a sticker that goes in the lower right hand corner to show your license plate is up to date.
You only need one plate, and it goes on the rear of your vehicle.
Your dealership can give you a temporary plate while they sort out your official New Mexico license plate. It is good for 30 days.
If you buy your car in New Mexico but plan on using it in another state, you can get an Out of State Transportation Permit. These cost $5 for two days, and are good for up to 10 days.
When You Need To Get A New Mexico License Plate
You need to get your New Mexico license plate within 30 days of moving to the state or purchasing a vehicle in the state.
Keeping Your License Plate Up To Date
You will renew your New Mexico license plate when you renew your registration. This can be every year or every two years.
If Your New Mexico License Plate Is Stolen
If your license plate is stolen or damaged, you need to immediately call the MVD at (888) 683-4636. They will tell you what to do, depending on your circumstances.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plate
When you sell, donate or destroy your vehicle, you have 30 days to transfer your license plate to the new vehicle you have purchased.
If you don't purchase a new vehicle in 30 days, then you must surrender the plate, in person, to the MVD.
New Mexico License Plate Costs
Fees for New Mexico license plates vary widely. Contact the MVD to find out how much you will pay.