2016 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 66 - Motor Vehicles
Article 5 - Licensing of Operators and Chauffeurs; Financial Responsibility; Uninsured Motorists' Insurance; Identification Cards
Part 1 - OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES
Section 66-5-9 - Application for license, temporary license, provisional license, instruction permit or driving authorization card or renewal.
66-5-9. Application for license, temporary license, provisional license, instruction permit or driving authorization card or renewal.
A. An application for an instruction permit, provisional license, driver's license or driving authorization card or a renewal of an instruction permit, provisional license, driver's license or driving authorization card shall be made upon a form furnished by the department. An application shall be accompanied by the proper fee. For permits, provisional licenses, driver's licenses or driving authorization cards other than those issued pursuant to the New Mexico Commercial Driver's License Act [66-5-52 through 66-5-72 NMSA 1978], submission of a complete application with payment of the fee entitles the applicant to not more than three attempts to pass the examination within a period of six months from the date of application.
B. An application shall contain the applicant's full legal name; date of birth; sex; and current New Mexico residence address and shall briefly describe the applicant and indicate whether the applicant has previously been licensed as a driver and, if so, when and by what state or country and whether any such license has ever been suspended or revoked or whether an application has ever been refused and, if so, the date of and reason for the suspension, revocation or refusal. The secretary shall establish by regulation documents that may be accepted as evidence of the residency of the applicant. A person applying for or renewing a driver's license shall provide documentation required by the federal government of the applicant's identity, date of birth, social security number, if applicable, address of current residence and lawful status. For an applicant for a driver's license or a renewal of a driver's license, the department shall verify the applicant's lawful status and social security number, if applicable, through a method approved by the federal government.
C. Pursuant to the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, the secretary shall establish a written, defined exception process to allow a person to demonstrate the person's identity, age and lawful status. The process shall allow a person to use a certified letter of enrollment or a valid identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian nation, tribe or pueblo to demonstrate the person's identity or age or to demonstrate the person's lawful status, if applicable.
D. A person with lawful status may apply for a driver's license or a driving authorization card.
E. An applicant shall indicate whether the applicant is applying for a driver's license or a driving authorization card. The department shall issue a driving authorization card to an applicant who is otherwise eligible for a driver's license but who does not provide proof of lawful status and who affirmatively acknowledges that the applicant understands that a driving authorization card is not valid for federal purposes. An applicant who does not provide proof of lawful status shall only apply for a driving authorization card. Except as otherwise provided in the Motor Vehicle Code, the department may treat driving authorization cards as driver's licenses.
F. An application by a foreign national with lawful status for a driver's license shall contain the unique identifying number and expiration date, if applicable, of the foreign national's valid passport, valid visa, employment authorization card issued under the applicant's approved deferred action status or other arrival-departure record or document issued by the federal government that conveys lawful status. The department may issue to an eligible foreign national applicant a driver's license that is valid for a period not to exceed the duration of the applicant's lawful status; provided that if that date cannot be determined by the department and the applicant is not a legal permanent resident, the license shall expire one year after the effective date of the license.
G. An application for a driving authorization card shall include proof of the applicant's identity and age as shown by:
(1) a social security number or an individual tax identification number;
(2) a passport from the applicant's country of citizenship or an identification card, issued by the consulate of Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the consulate general of Mexico in El Paso, Texas, or such other foreign consulate with which the department has established a reliable method of verifying the authenticity of the identification card;
(3) a valid New Mexico license or identification card;
(4) a certified letter of enrollment or a valid identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian nation, tribe or pueblo; or
(5) a document that the secretary has authorized.
H. An applicant shall indicate whether the applicant has been convicted of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs in this state or in any other jurisdiction. Failure to disclose any such conviction prevents the issuance of a driver's license, driving authorization card, provisional license, temporary license or instruction permit for a period of one year if the failure to disclose is discovered by the department prior to issuance. If the nondisclosure is discovered by the department subsequent to issuance, the department shall revoke the driver's license, driving authorization card, provisional license, temporary license or instruction permit for a period of one year. Intentional and willful failure to disclose, as required in this subsection, is a misdemeanor.
I. An applicant under eighteen years of age who is making an application for a first New Mexico driver's license or driving authorization card shall submit evidence that the applicant has:
(1) successfully completed a driver education course approved by the bureau that included a DWI prevention and education component. The bureau may accept verification of driver education course completion from another state if the driver education course substantially meets the requirements of the bureau for a course offered in New Mexico;
(2) had a provisional license for at least the twelve-month period immediately preceding the date of the application for the driver's license or driving authorization card; provided that thirty days shall be added to the twelve-month period for each adjudication or conviction of a traffic violation committed during the time the person was driving with a provisional license;
(3) complied with restrictions on that license;
(4) not been cited for a traffic violation that is pending at the time of application; and
(5) not been adjudicated for an offense involving the use of alcohol or drugs during the twelve-month period immediately preceding the date of the application for the driver's license or driving authorization card and that there are no pending adjudications alleging an offense involving the use of alcohol or drugs at the time of application.
J. An applicant eighteen years of age or over, but under twenty-five years of age, who is making an application to be granted a first New Mexico driver's license or driving authorization card shall submit evidence with the application that the applicant has successfully completed a bureau-approved DWI prevention and education program.
K. An applicant twenty-five years of age or over who has been convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and who is making an application to be granted a first New Mexico driver's license or driving authorization card shall submit evidence with the application that the applicant has successfully completed a bureau-approved DWI prevention and education program.
L. Whenever an application is received from a person previously licensed in another jurisdiction, the department may request a copy of the driver's record from the other jurisdiction. When received, the driver's record may become a part of the driver's record in this state with the same effect as though entered on the driver's record in this state in the original instance.
M. Whenever the department receives a request for a driver's record from another licensing jurisdiction, the record shall be forwarded without charge.
N. This section does not apply to licenses issued pursuant to the New Mexico Commercial Driver's License Act.
History: 1953 Comp., 64-5-9, enacted by Laws 1978, ch. 35, 231; 1979, ch. 71, 2; 1991, ch. 160, 11; 1993, ch. 68, 41; 1995, ch. 45, 1; 1999, ch. 175, 4; 2002, ch. 3, 1; 2003, ch. 31, 1; 2011, ch. 143, 4; 2016, ch. 79, 3.
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