Replacing a Lost License in New Mexico
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These days, you can barely go a week without the local news covering another story on identity theft. The heightened sense of fear over someone ripping off your name, wiping out your bank account, and putting 10 grand on your credit cards makes losing a driver's license exceptionally stressful.
And this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If the thieves manage to nab a Social Security number, they can wreak havoc on your life that takes years to undo.
Fortunately, New Mexico has an enhanced driver's license that has a bevy of security features. Plus, your Social Security number is not even on the document. So if the license is the only thing that is permanently misplaced, then your worries should diminish a bit.
Now, if the license was stolen along with a wallet or purse, then that is another story. You will need to contact the authorities at once to report the theft and quickly begin measures to protect yourself from the possibility of identity theft―or someone just racking up charges on your credit cards.
The Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) does not require a police report to replace a stolen license. To obtain a duplicate or replacement license in the event you do lose it, destroy it, or have it stolen, you just need to gather some acceptable evidence as to who you are and head down to an MVD office. This is also the case for lost or stolen ID cards, permits, and provisional licenses.
Full fees apply for the duplicates. Thus, if you are replacing a four-year driver's license, you will need to pay $18. An eight-year driver's license carries a price tag of $34.
Only active-duty military members can request a replacement driver's license by mail or online; everyone else must apply in person. But if you lose your license while traveling in another state or another country, you may request a 30-day temporary license by calling (888) 683-4636. Head to your local MVD office when you return to New Mexico to receive a new license.
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