New Mexico REAL ID
Having a REAL ID is not obligatory, however, beginning in October 2021, you’ll need a federally accepted ID (such as a REAL ID or passport) to:
- Board flights (international or domestic).
- Enter nuclear power plants.
- Enter certain federal facilities.
New Mexico IDs with a gold star in the upper-right corner are REAL IDs.
If you wish to obtain a REAL ID for the first time, you’ll have to visit a Motor Vehicles Division (MVD) office.
NM REAL ID Requirements
To get your REAL ID, visit your local MVD office and provide*:
- Proof of identity and birthdate. This may include your:
- S. passport.
- S. birth certificate.
- Permanent resident card.
- Certificate of Citizenship.
- Proof of social security. Documents must include your full name and social security number (SSN). This may include your:
- Social security card.
- Pay stub.
- Foreign passport with your Visa and I-94.
- Proof of New Mexico residency. 2 documents are required. This may include a:
- Bank or credit card statement dated within the last 60 days.
- Utility bill dated within the last 60 days.
- Unexpired lease agreement.
- Payment for the applicable license or ID fee.
If your name on any item does not match your identity document, you must provide proof of your legal name change. This can include your:
- Marriage certificate.
- Divorce decree.
- Adoption record.
*Check the MVD website for a complete list of acceptable items.
NM REAL ID Fees
There is no additional fee for acquiring a REAL ID -- the cost is the same as for a standard ID or license.
- 4-year license: $18.
- 8-year license: $34.
- 4-year non-driver ID: $10.
- 8-year non-driver ID: $18.
- Licenses and IDs for residents over 79 years old expire every year and are free to renew.