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.

Does New Mexico meet Federal REAL ID Requirements?

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

REAL ID COMPLIANT =

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Frequently Asked Questions

Federal Official Purposes Print Page

A: Official federal purposes include boarding a domestic flight, entering a federal building or military base and entering a nuclear facility.

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

A: Yes, if you intend to use your DL or ID for official federal purposes.

Alternatives to REAL ID

A: 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.

A: New Mexico now offers two DL/ID options:
  1. REAL ID — compliant; or
  2. Non-REAL ID-compliant – Driver Authorization Card (DAC) or ID

A: New Mexico now offers two DL/ID options:
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Option 1
  • 1 proof of Identity
  • 1 proof of Identification Number AND
  • 2 proofs of New Mexico Residency
Option 2
  • 2 proofs of Identity AND
  • 2 proofs of New Mexico Residency

Applicants who do not have a valid New Mexico credential (first time applicants and applicants whose New Mexico credential has expired) and do not provide proof of legal presence must be fingerprinted. Fingerprinting must be done at an MVD approved location.

A full list of acceptable documents and fingerprinting locations can be found on the MVD website: http://www.mvd.newmexico.gov.


When and Where to Get a REAL ID

A: Effective October 1, 2020, you must present a REAL ID-compliant DL/ID or other acceptable form of identification for official federal purposes.
  • DL/ID Expires Before October 1, 2020 - Renew it when it expires
  • DL/ID Expires After October 1, 2020 – Come in for a renewal at any time before October 1, 2020; there is no need to rush, but MVD encourages you to beat the rush and renew sooner than later.

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

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

Required Documents

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

  • A. Lawful Identity and Age:   One (1) Document
  • B. Identification Number:   One (1) Document
  • C. New Mexico Residency:   Two (2) Documents
Note: Documents must be original or certified copies. Photocopies, notarized photocopies and non-certified copies are NOT acceptable.

A: Below is a list of the most common original document used to obtain a REAL ID:
A – Lawful Identity and Age
One (1) Document
Common original documents include:
  • Birth Certificate
  • U.S. Passport or Card
  • Affidavit of Birth (issued by any Tribal Nation's Vital Records)
  • Foreign Passport
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Issued Forms
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Issued Documents
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
B – Identification Number
One (1) Document
You cannot use the same document from Step A. Common original documents matching the lawful name include:
  • Social Security Number Card (SSN)
  • These Income Tax Forms:
    • W-2; or
    • 1099 (SSA or Non-SSA)
  • Pay Stub
  • Foreign Passport - with Visa & I-94
C – New Mexico Residency
Two (2) Documents
Paperless Billing Statement Copies are acceptable. Common original and current documents matching the lawful name include:
  • Utility bill, such has PNM or NM Gas Company (no cell phone bills)
  • Bank or Credit Card Statement
  • Local Property Tax Statement
  • Real Property Rental or Purchase Agreement
  • Mortgage Statement
  • Insurance Bill/Card or Binder
  • Pay Stub
  • Education Institution Document
  • City, County, State, Tribal or Federal organization attesting to NM Residency
  • NM Public Assistance or Medical Card, Letter or Printout
Note: You can download the full list of acceptable documents at REALID-acceptable-docs.

A: A Lawful/legal name is the name that a person uses for official purposes. The name on your DL/ID must be your legal name.
  • Original Legal Name - A person's original legal name is usually the name that appears on a birth certificate. A person’s original legal name may be changed through marriage, divorce, adoption or a legal name change.
  • Current Legal Name - When your original name is legally changed it becomes your current legal name.

A: If a birth certificate is used as the proof of Lawful Identity & Age and your name has changed to your current legal name, you must also provide any one of the following:
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Decree
  • Adoption Record
  • Court Order

A: 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. See Where to write for Vital Records.

A: 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. A court order stands alone as the Lawful Identity & Age document. However, if you have had a name change and your current legal name is listed on your Lawful Name & Age document (i.e. Passport), you will still be required to provide your birth certificate to establish legal presence.

Below are examples of when you may need to petition the court for a legal name change:

  • 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

A: When your current lawful/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 provides the documents you need and ask them to correct your name and/or physical/residential address
  • Petition the court for a legal name change and provide the court order when obtaining a REAL ID
MVD considers a middle name as part of a legal name that will be listed on a REAL ID; however, a middle name may be included, omitted or abbreviated on Identification Number and New Mexico Residency documents if identity is not in question (i.e. Jerry Paul Valdez is Jerry P. Valdez is Jerry Valdez / Jerry G. Valdez IS NOT Jerry Paul Valdez)
Note: In the case of any individual who uses a suffix, i.e. Jr., the suffix will be used on the REAL ID to resolve situations where the identity and identity number of the applicant is in question. The suffix must match Identification Number and New Mexico Residency documents.

Other Valuable Resources – REAL ID List of Acceptable Documents

A: You can download the full list of acceptable documents at REALID-acceptable-docs.