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What documents do I need to go to the DMV?

The New Mexico MVD requires applicants to provide proof of identity, residency and Social Security number by submitting the following documents:

Identity Documents (One document required)
• Original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a state or territory of the United States. (Hospital birth records do not qualify as birth certificates).
• An original or certified copy of a foreign birth certificate with a notarized English translation
• Original official copy of an FS-545 or FS-1350 form certifying birth abroad and translated into English.
• Certificate of citizenship (N-560)
• Certificate of naturalization (N-550)
• Valid permanent resident card issued by the United States government
• Valid I-551 resident alien card issued since 1997
• Court order for name change, gender change, adoption or divorce, as long as it includes the legal name, date of birth and court seal
• Marriage certificate issued by a state or a territory of the United States
• Any document listed in Identification Number column as long as the document is not also used for proof of identification number

Identification Number or Identity Documents (But not both)
• Driver’s license, learner’s permit or identification card issued by the U.S. government or by a jurisdiction of Canada, as long as it has a photograph and has not been expired more than one year. (New Mexico’s new Alternative Identification Card may not be used to satisfy this requirement.)
• Matricula Consular card issued after February 1, 2005, by the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque or El Paso
• Valid passport issued by country of citizenship
• An American Indian or Alaskan proof of Indian blood, certificate of degree of Indian blood, federal Indian census card or tribal membership card
• Photo identification card issued by the United States Veterans Administration (VA) if it is accompanied by a VA Medical Center identification card
• Valid United States active duty, retiree or reservist military identification (DOD ID DD-2)

New Mexico Residency (Age 18 or Older)
Two documents required
• Real property rental agreement or purchase agreement
• Utility bill, such as water, gas, electric, waste, telephone, cable or satellite bill, but not a bill for a cell phone
• An insurance bill or other document verifying current coverage such as automobile, home or health
• A bank statement
• An employment pay stub that contains the applicant’s name and address
• A local property tax statement or mortgage documents
• Proof of a minor child enrolled in a New Mexico public, private or tribal school
• Current valid motor vehicle registration
• Original documents from a New Mexico community organization attesting to the fact that the applicant is a New Mexico resident
• A New Mexico medical assistance card or public assistance card

New Mexico Residency (Under Age 18)
One document required
• Proof that the child is enrolled in a New Mexico public, private or tribal school
• A bank statement
• Original documents from a New Mexico community organization or from a city, county, state, tribal or federal government organization attesting to the fact that the applicant is a New Mexico resident
• Documents from membership in a New Mexico religious organization
• Documents from membership in a New Mexico sports organization
• An affidavit (MVD-10021) from the applicant’s parent or guardian stating that the applicant lives with that person, as long as the affidavit is accompanied by the parent’s or guardian’s New Mexico driver’s license or identification card or two proofs of the parent’s or guardian’s New Mexico residency

Social Security Number (SSN)
• A U.S., state or local government-issued medical card
• A statement from a federally regulated financial institution
• Any document listed in the Identity Documents column, as long as the document can be used to verify the SSN and is not also used for proof of identity

Foreign Nationals Who Are Unable to Obtain SSN
• Matricula Consular card issued after February 1, 2005, by the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque or El Paso
• Valid passport issued by country of citizenship
• An individual tax identification number (ITIN) card or the applicant’s letter from the IRS issuing the ITIN, so long as the ITIN card or letter is accompanied by a Matricula Consular card issued after February 1, 2005, by the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque or El Paso or a valid passport issued by country of citizenship

Name Change Documents
• Marriage license
• Divorce decree
• Court order
• Birth certificate

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