DMV Point System in New Mexico
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In the state of New Mexico, being convicted of certain traffic violations can result in the Motor Vehicle Division adding points to your driving record. The amount of points depends on the infraction.
If you receive 12 points within a year, your driver's license will be suspended for one year. It is also possible to have your license revoked if you accumulate fewer than 12 points, should a municipal or magistrate judge order it.
Traffic violations that add points to your record include:
- Contest racing
- Failure to signal
- Refusing to obey signals
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Making an improper turn
For a complete list of traffic violations and their corresponding point value, see the New Mexico MVD's Point System Regulations and Schedule.
Aside from the painfully inconvenient penalty of losing your license for a year should you accumulate too many points, you'll also suffer financial consequences in the form of higher insurance premiums. In fact, your insurance company's threshold for points is probably lower than the MVD's, so it will take much fewer than 12 points in a year for your insurer to ding your wallet.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver’s license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the MVD. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.
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- How to Check Your DMV Points
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