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    Heightened Driver's License Security

    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.

    Avoiding Identity Theft

    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.

    How to Apply for a Duplicate

    The Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) does not require a police report to replace a stolen license. You should bring a police report if you want to change your driver license number.

    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 identity documents 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 driver's license valid for 4 years, you will need to pay $18. A driver's license valid for 8 years carries a price tag of $34. Replacements are free for driver's 75 years old and older.


    For information on replacing your driver's license while you are out-of-state, call (888) 683-4636. You may need to head to your local MVD office when you return to New Mexico.

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