Making sure that your vehicle is legal to drive in your home state of New Mexico should be a priority. There are a number of fines that you will have to face if you do not have the car registered with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division. You will need to make sure that you renew this registration every year to avoid any problems. The MVD will mail you a notice 65 days before your registration is due. Once you receive it, you will need to take the steps to get it renewed. The following are some of the ways that you will be able to handle this process.
If you want to handle the renewal online, then you need to go to the Online Vehicle Registration Renewal page. Once there, you will need the following information:
- The control number that can be found on the notice that you have received.
- The VIN on the car that you drive
- The year model of the vehicle and your name
- The payment needed to satisfy the fees that you owe
Using the phone to renew
If you want to handle the renewal process on the phone, you will need to follow these steps:
- Call 888-683-4636
- Enter in your license plate number
- Put in your credit or debit card information to pay the fees you owe
Handle the renewal in person or by mail
For some, handling this process either by mail or in person is ideal. In order to do this, you will need to follow these steps:
- Take in or mail your registration notice
- Pay the fees that you owe
If you are using the mail in option, then you will need to address the envelope to the following address:
Registration Renewal Section
Motor Vehicle Division
P.O. Box 25129
Santa Fe, NM 87504-5129
The renewal fees
The fees that you will pay will vary depending on how long you want to renew it and where you live in the state of New Mexico. Be sure to take the time to call the local DMV to figure out what you need to do.
The emissions testing
You will need to have an emissions test performed on your vehicle every two years. The notice that you will receive in the mail will usually explain what you need to do. Go to the New Mexico DMV website for more information.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Renew Your Car Registration in New Mexico and was authored by Valerie Johnston.