NM REAL ID

Deadline: October 1, 2020

What is REAL ID?

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID ACT establishes minimum security standards for state-issued Driver’s Licenses (DL) and Identification (ID) cards that can be used for official federal purposes.

For more information go to:
Department of Homeland Security.

REAL ID COMPLIANT =

REAL ID Fully Compliant Driver's License image

Does New Mexico meet Federal REAL ID requirements?

Yes. New Mexico’s DL and ID cards bearing the gold star, issued after November 14, 2016 are REAL ID compliant.

Have what you need to get a REAL ID?

The REAL ID Companion (RIC) will help you identify the documents you need to get a REAL ID. Click on the Start RIC button, answer a few brief questions and print your results.

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Have what you need to get a REAL ID?

The REAL ID Companion (RIC) will help you identify the documents you need to get a REAL ID. Click on the Start RIC button, answer a few brief questions and print your results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Official Federal Purposes Print Page

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What are official federal purposes?

Official federal purposes include, but are not limited to, boarding a domestic flight, entering a federal building, military base or nuclear facility.


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No, some federal facilities do not require a person to present identification. Please inquire with those entities before visiting their facility.


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Yes, if you intend to use your driver's license or identification for official federal purposes.


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You may use a valid U.S. Passport, Military ID or another federally approved identification.

Each agency that requires identity documents such as TSA, military bases, federal buildings, etc., has defined what documents it will accept. Please inquire with those entities before visiting their facility.

Driver's Authorization Card (DAC) - Alternatives to REAL ID

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New Mexico offers two DL/ID options.

  1. REAL ID
  2. Driver Authorization Card (DAC) or ID

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REAL ID Fully Compliant Driver's License image

If you don’t want or need a REAL ID for official federal purposes or you are unable to provide proof of legal status, you can apply for a Driver Authorization Card (DAC).


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MVD agents may not accept a document in a language other than English without a full and complete translation that is certified by a translator.

Documents not in English must be submitted with written translations of those documents in English. The translation must be certified by the translator as a full and complete translation of the document.

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The following applicants must be fingerprinted to receive a DAC:

  • Applicants who do not have a valid New Mexico Credential including first time DAC applicants and applicants whose New Mexico non-REAL ID compliant credential has expired or is no longer valid
  • Applicants who can not provide proof of legal status

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Fingerprinting is available by appointment at limited MVD locations.


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A two-year DAC is issued if you cannot provide proof of legal status. A four-year DAC can be obtained with proof of legal status. NM MVD does not offer an eight-year DAC.


When and Where to Get a REAL ID

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Effective October 1, 2020, you must present a REAL ID-compliant DL/ID or another acceptable form of identification for official federal purposes.

  • If a DL/ID Expires Before October 1, 2020 — It's okay to renew it upon expiration
  • If a DL/ID Expires After October 1, 2020 — Renew any time before October 1, 2020; MVD encourages you to renew sooner than later

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You must come into an MVD office for your next license renewal. See MVD Office Maps & Locations.


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Yes, until 9/30/2020. Effective October 1, 2020, you must present a REAL ID-compliant DL/ID or another acceptable form of identification to board a domestic flight, enter a federal building, military base or nuclear facility.


Required Documents

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To obtain a REAL ID DL/ID, provide your local MVD office with proof of the following:

  • A. Lawful Identity and Age
  • B. Identification Number
  • C. New Mexico Residency

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No, your documents must be original or a certified copy. A certified copy is a copy of a primary document that is endorsed by the entity that issued the original document. Photocopies, notarized photocopies and non-certified copies are NOT acceptable.


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Yes, a REAL ID can only be issued after MVD has electronically verified the Legal Status and Identification Number documents using these sources:

  • Verification of Legal Status (VLS) - Immigration documents are matched to the records found in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) system
  • United States Passport Verification System (USPVS) - Passport documents are matched by the MVD to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) records database
  • Social Security Online Validation (SSOLV) - Social Security Numbers are validated by the MVD with the Social Security Administration SSOLV

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A – Lawful Identity and Age:
  • U.S. Passport or Card
  • Foreign Passport + specified Department of Homeland Security Issued Forms
  • U.S. Birth Certificate
  • Affidavit of Birth (issued by any Tribal Nation's Vital Records)
  • Certificate of Birth Abroad
  • Certain Department of Homeland Security Issued Forms
  • Certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Issued Documents
B – Identification Number:
  • Social Security Number (SSN) Card
  • Income Tax Forms:
    • W-2
    • 1099 (SSA or Non-SSA)
  • Pay Stub (with Current Legal Name and full SSN)
  • Foreign Passport - with Visa & I-94
C – New Mexico Residency:
Documents Dated within 60 Days:
  • Utility bill, i.e. water, electricity, gas, phone but not cell phone bills
  • Bank or Credit Card Statement
  • Pay Stub
  • Education Institution Document - Transcript, Report Card or Enrollment
Documents Dated within 6 months:
  • Insurance Bill/Card or Binder
Documents with Current Date (not expired):
  • Real Property Rental or Purchase Agreement
  • Local Property Tax Statement
  • City, County, State, Tribal or Federal Document Attesting to NM Residency
  • NM Medical Card, Letter or Printout
  • NM Public Assistance Card, Letter or Printout
  • Document of eligibility and receipt of services from non-profit organization with IRS Section 501 (c) (3) status
Documents for Applicants Under Age 18:
  • Membership in a NM Religious Organization
  • Membership in a NM Sports Organization
  • Parent/Guardian Affidavit of NM Residency (living in the home) - Plus Parent's ID and 2 proofs of parent's NM residency
Note: You can download the full list of acceptable documents at REALID-acceptable-docs. Click Start RIC to start the REAL ID Companion to assist you in identifying which documents to bring to your local MVD office.

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No, your current legal name will be listed on your REAL ID.


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A legal name is the name that a person uses for official purposes.

The official document you provide must include:
  • Your name at birth, if not legally changed
  • Your name at birth plus proof of name changes – marriage, divorce, adoption and/or court records
  • Your current legal name
Middle Name: Your middle name is part of your legal name when it is listed on your Lawful Identity and Age document (i.e. your birth certificate lists your name as Jerry Paul Valdez). Identification Number and New Mexico Residency documents may include, omit or abbreviate your middle name (i.e. these documents may list Jerry Paul Valdez, Jerry Valdez or Jerry P. Valdez). When abbreviated, the initial must match the middle name (i.e. Jerry K. Valdez does not match Jerry Paul Valdez).
Suffixes: A suffix is usually a generational designation like "Jr." Your suffix is part of your legal name when it is listed on your Lawful Identity and Age document (i.e. your passport lists your name as Jerry Paul Valdez Jr.). Identification Number and New Mexico Residency documents may include, omit or abbreviate the suffix (i.e. Jr.).

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When the name on your Lawful Identity & Age document is not the same as your Current Legal Name, you must provide all linking name change documents, that show clear trail of name changes.

  • Marriage Certificate(s)
  • Divorce Decree(s)
  • Adoption Record
  • Court Order(s)

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You may need an amended birth certificate when the name on your Lawful Identity & Age document is:

  • Misspelled
  • Out of Order – Jane Mary Doe vs. Mary Jane Doe
  • A different version of a name – Jose vs. Joe
Note: You can apply for a name correction with the Office of Vital Records from the State or Tribe in which you were born or registered.

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You may need to petition the court for a legal name change when your required documents do not clearly reflect the change from one name to another.

Reasons to petition the court for a legal name change include:
  • Robert Manual Smith has been using, and wants his name to be Gary Smith
  • Geraldine Susan Goldstein signed her marriage certificate Joey S. Goldstein when she married Stephen Thomas. Now she wants to be called Joey S. Thomas or some other variation of Geraldine Susan Thomas
  • Gerald Michael Gutierrez has been using and wants to be known by his baptismal name Phillip Gerald M. Gutierrez
  • Paul Vincent Jones grew up with the Martin family and has been using the surname Martin without having been adopted or undergone a legal name change

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When the current legal name does not match your documents, follow the below guidelines to make corrections to your Identification Number or New Mexico Residency Documents.

  • Apply to the Social Security Administration for an amended Social Security Card
  • Contact the entity that provided the needed documents and request a correction to your name and/or physical/residential address
  • Petition the court for a legal name change

Other Valuable Resources – REAL ID List of Acceptable Documents

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You can download the full list of acceptable documents here: REAL ID Acceptable Documents

The REAL ID Companion (RIC) will help you identify the documents you need to get a REAL ID. Click on the Start RIC button, answer a few brief questions and print your results.



Have what you need to get a REAL ID?

Click on the Start RIC button, answer a few brief questions and print your results.

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