DMV Point System in New Mexico
Driving Record Points & Penalties in New Mexico
The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) keeps track of your traffic offenses and driving violations by recording points to your driving record. If you accumulate too many driving record points or commit serious traffic offenses, you may face:
- A driver's license suspension, revocation, or cancellation.
- Fines owed to the court and the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).
- Driver improvement/defensive driving course completion requirements.
- Driving restrictions.
On this page you'll find a general overview of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division driving record point system and the common consequences you may face after accumulating too many points.
If you have a question about your NM driver's license or the circumstances of your specific situation, please contact the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).
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. Generally, more serious traffic violations carry heavier point penalties.
If you receive too many points, your New Mexico driver's license will be suspended.
Traffic violations that add points to your New Mexico driving 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 values, contact the New Mexico MVD.
Aside from the painfully inconvenient penalty of losing your driver's 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.
If you find that your car insurance rates have increased after committing a traffic offense and receiving points, you may want to contact your insurance provider for details about options you may have to earn a discount and lower your rates.
Some insurance companies may allow you to complete a defensive driving course voluntarily to receive a discount. Generally, the course will provide you with information that may help you improve your driving habits, such as:
- New Mexico traffic laws and violations.
- Defensive driving techniques.
- Sharing the road with other drivers.
- Handling emergency situations.
A NM defensive driving course/traffic school program may be just what you need to gain the skills necessary to avoid committing traffic accidents and receiving driving record points in the future.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your New Mexico driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will indicate if your driver’s license is currently valid. If your driver's license has been revoked or suspended, the report will include details about this. Your driving record will also show how many points you currently have against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.