Identification Cards in New Mexico

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SUMMARY: New Mexico Identification Cards

Apply for a state ID card in person at a NM MVD office. Bring proof of your identity, identification number, NM residency, and payment for the required fee. Replace or renew your NM ID card in person or online.

Continue reading this page to learn how to apply for, renew, and replace a non-driver ID card in New Mexico.

Apply for a New Mexico ID Card

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.

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

DO NOT bring highlighted documents—the MVD will reject them.

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).

You'll need to pay:

  • $18 for a ID card that is valid for 4 years.
  • $34 for an ID card that is valid for 8 years.

NOTE: Your ID card will be free if you are 79 years old or older.

If you are unable to provide the identification documents required for a secure ID above, you can obtain an alternative identification card by providing:

  • 2 documents proving your identity.
  • 1 document proving your your New Mexico residency.

DO NOT bring highlighted documents—the MVD will reject them.

Renew Your ID Card in NM

Depending on your circumstances—including the type of NM ID card you have and, frankly, convenience—you might renew your identification card in person or online.

In Person

Time to renew your New Mexico ID card? You can do so in person at your local NM MVD office.

Your paperwork depends on whether you’re renewing or upgrading to a REAL ID or sticking with a non-compliant card for the time being. New Mexico outlines the state-approved identity documents—and how many you’ll need—for each situation. 

Once you have the applicable documents in hand, head to your nearest NM MVD office with the appropriate fees.

NOTE: ID card fees vary from driver’s license fees. Contact the MVD for exact prices.


Use the state’s MyMVD Online Services to renew online.

Pay attention to:

  • Online renewal requirements.
    • The system provides information about when you’re eligible to renew your NM ID card online.
  • Personally identifying information such as your name, date of birth, and Social Security number (SSN).
    • The system explains other identification you can provide if you don’t have an SSN.
  • NM ID card fees.
    • ID card fees vary from driver’s license fees.

Replace a Non-Driver ID Card

Depending on your situation, you might replace your New Mexico ID card in person or online.

NOTE: If you need to make changes to your name or address, it’s LIKELY you’ll have to replace your non-driver ID card in person.

In Person

To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged ID card in person, head to your local New Mexico MVD office with state-approved identity documents and applicable identification card fees in hand. Remember, NM ID card fees vary from driver's license fees, so contact the MVD before heading out.


To replace your non-driver identification card online, head to MyMVD Online Services and check for:

  • Eligibility.
    • For example, you can’t replace your NM ID card online if it’s expired.
  • The personal information you must provide.
    • Expect to provide your name, date of birth, and Social Security number (SSN), or some other identification number if you don’t have an SSN.
  • Applicable NM ID card fees.
    • ID card fees vary from driver’s license fees; also, fees vary depending on how long you want your card to be valid.

Change Your Name or Address

If you've changed your name or address, you'll need to notify the NM MVD. Address changes can be made either by email, fax, mail, or in person. Name changes must be made in person and you will be required to provide proof of the change.

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