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    Who Needs ID?

    State-issued ID cards are used as a primary proof of identity by those who do not have other means to do so. In most cases, citizens use their driver's license to prove who they are and how old. However, some people do not possess a driver's license, yet they need a valid ID―such as when they open a bank account or write a check.

    Having a form of identification that you can simply carry in a wallet or pocketbook is essential in today's world. Passports tend to be too big to carry in your wallet and not everybody has (or needs) one. Birth certificates lack the obvious photo requirement, and a Social Security card will not get you very far either.

    The state ID card is a great alternative. It has all the benefits of a driver's license, minus the driving.

    Minors who are too young to drive can also opt for an ID card. They can get one without parental consent unless they choose to register as an organ donor.

    New Mexico ID Cards

    An ID card identifies a person as a citizen of a specific state. You are not allowed to have one if you already possess a driver's license. In the state of New Mexico, an ID card shows the following:

    • Photograph of the cardholder.
    • Full name.
    • Address.
    • Date of birth.
    • Height.
    • Hair color.
    • Eye color.
    • ID number.
    • Expiration date.
    • Donor status.

    Application Process

    You must apply for an ID card in person at the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). There, you have to provide the following documentation (view the complete list):

    A photograph will be taken of you for an ID card, and you will need to provide your thumbprint and signature. As with a driver's license, you have the choice of registering as an organ donor (minors must have a guardian's signature).

    Renewing Your ID Card

    New Mexico ID cards are issued for a period of either 4 years or 8 years.

    Because New Mexico does not have automated renewal services available, you will need to go in person to your local Motor Vehicle Division Office to process your ID card renewal. You'll need to surrender your old ID card.

    Fees to Renew

    The renewal fee is $10 for 4 years, or $18 for 8 years.

    Replacing Your ID Card

    To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged ID card, head to your local MVD office with state-approved identity documents in hand.

    Duplicate fees are the same as regular issuance fees:

    • $10 for an ID good for 4 years.
    • $18 for an ID good for 8 years.
    • All fees are waived for applicants 75 or older.
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