YOU NO LONGER RENEW BY YOUR BIRTHDAY: For as long as most of us can remember, your New Mexico driver’s license has expired a month after your birthday – whether it’s a one-, four- or eight-year license. No more.
Jim Pittman called to report the change after a trip to a Motor Vehicle Division office; he noticed the new expiration date was 364 days from the day he renewed, not 30 days after his birthday.
Charlie Moore, who handles info for MVD’s parent agency, Taxation and Revenue, says, “Senate Bill 278 this year tied the four-year and one-year license expirations to the licenses’ issuance date. Eight-year-licenses were already tied to the issuance date.” Neither the bill or its fiscal impact report explains the change.
“But, keep in mind, this applies going forward from the implementation. In other words, if you renewed your license last year, the expiration date stated on that license is your expiration date. The next time you get a license, it will be under the new rules.”