WHAT THOSE NEW STANDARD LICENSES REQUIRE: You might have heard that New Mexico has updated its non-Real ID driver’s license and ID card requirements to make things easier.
So what does that mean when it comes to a trip to the MVD?
For a Real ID, good for federal identification purposes including boarding a commercial plane come October 2020, the rules are the same: one proof of Social Security number (usually your SS card, a 1099 or W-2), one proof of identity (usually your original or a certified copy of your birth certificate or your valid passport), and two proofs of residency (usually bills or statements with your physical address and name that matches those other documents).
For a Standard Driver’s License/ID (formerly known as a Driver Authorization Card or DAC) you need one document that proves your identity and age (the easiest is a driver’s license that is not expired more than a year).
If you don’t have that, the state will accept any of 33 other documents listed at mvd.newmexico.gov. You just need one as long as it has your name and birth date, otherwise you need to present two.
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