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The land of bright southwestern colors, some of the best authentic Mexican food in the country and vast expanses of desert land, New Mexico is a great place to visit and an even better place to live. The cultural diversity here is just about unmatched anywhere else in the country and while it’s hot and dry, there is plenty of sunlight to go around throughout the year. Driving here is peaceful; you can ride for miles without seeing another soul, which is a cathartic experience for many people.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time
In Transit
Albuquerque to Las Cruces$222222 miles2 – 4 days
Phoenix  to Albuquerque$419419 miles2 – 4 days
Albuquerque to Denver$449449 miles2 – 4 days
New Mexico to California$7501000 miles3 – 5 days
Oregon to New Mexico$7761294 miles4 – 6 days
New Mexico to Chicago$7871311 miles4 – 6 days
Seattle to Albuquerque$8621436 miles4 – 6 days
New Mexico to Miami$11591932 miles5 – 7 days
New York to New Mexico$11781964 miles5 – 7 days
New Mexico to Boston$11032205 miles6 – 8 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what type of vehicle you are shipping.

Using New Mexico Car Transport Companies

When you are looking to book New Mexico car transport services, keep a few key tips in mind.

  • Anticipate the heat: Most months out of the year, New Mexico is hot, hot, hot! Make sure your car has plenty of Freon for the air conditioning and all other fluids are properly stocked up and filled before you drop your car off at the transport depot.
  • Ask about various methods of transport: The heat can be a bear for your car; if you don’t want the sun to damage the paint job on your car, then you might opt for enclosed transport. Adversely, if yours is a custom job, then you might even need something temperature controlled.
  • Inquire about the nearest depot: You don’t want to end up with a pick-up point too far from where you plan to be in New Mexico.

New Mexico is a mix of natural beauty and bustling growth. Use your car to explore both facets and enjoy an extensive visitor begin a new life here.

Visit the New Mexico Department of Transportation website for more information on New Mexico and the plentiful opportunities in which it can offer those visiting or relocating to the state.

Services And Information

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New Mexico Auto Transport Companies Directory


AmPm Auto Transport

AmPm offers auto shipping to various points throughout the country nationwide. Licensed, bonded and insured auto shippers with great BBB accredited customer reviews. Transports automobiles, vans, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, boats and other heavy hauling with their open and enclosed auto transport carriers.

8400 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM


Nitro Auto Transport

Nitro offers New Mexico auto transport both locally, nationally and internationally for those that have to move their vehicle over an extended distance.

10600 Cibola Loop #322, Albuquerque, NM



Outlaw Auto Transport

The only thing that needs to be outlawed for this car company is the customer service record that makes it among the top in the New Mexico auto transport industry.

PO Box 164, Kirtland, NM


New Mexico Car Registration

New Mexico car registration must be done in person by submitting your driver’s license, the vehicle’s title, your insurance card, a document proving your residency, and proof of payment for the registration fees at the MVD office. You might be required to perform an inspection on the vehicle, depending on the zone you live in.

Car Registration for New Residents

After you established residency in the state of New Mexico, you’ll have to get your vehicle registered with the Motor Vehicle Department. Be wary that all vehicles coming from outside of the state must undergo a VIN inspection prior to the registration. Some MVD offices perform these inspections (some might require making an appointment), while others don’t. If the MVD office in your area doesn’t offer this service, contact an inspection station that is approved by the state.

The documents required during the registration process are:

  • The title of the vehicle;
  • A fully completed form for registration and titling;
  • A vehicle insurance policy;
  • An identification document;
  • A certificate from an emissions inspection;
  • Two documents certifying your New Mexico residency;
  • Proof of payment for the fees of registration.

Please take note that at the moment of registration, you will be able to choose between a validity of either 1 or 2 years.

The Registration Process in the State of New Mexico

For vehicles purchased from a car dealership, you won’t have to worry about the titling and registration processes, as the dealer will handle them for you.

However, if you buy a car from private individuals, you will have to visit a MDV office and submit for the vehicle registration these documents:

  • A completed form for registration and titling.
  • The title of the vehicle.
  • Your auto insurance policy.
  • Some form of identification.
  • Two documents proving your New Mexico residency, such as: a pay stub, a vehicle registration certificate, a bank statement, etc.
  • A gift affidavit form if you were gifted the vehicle.
  • An emissions certificate if you had to undergo an emissions inspection.
  • An attorney power document if you sent someone else to apply in your name.
  • A form proving the lien’s release on the vehicle, if applicable.
  • A VIN inspection certificate for vehicles purchased outside of the state of New Mexico.
  • Proof of payment for the fees of registration.

When you submit the documentation, you will be able to choose if you wish to pay the registration for either one or two years.

Please be aware of the fact that highlighted documents will be rejected by the MVD.

How to Transfer a Vehicle Registration in New Mexico

It is possible nowadays to get your old license plates transferred onto your new car within the first 30 days since the moment you purchased the new vehicle. However, the two automobiles have to be of the exact same type.

The documents necessary in the registration transfer process are:

  • The license plates you wish to transfer;
  • The title of the new vehicle, signed over to you by the previous owner;
  • Proof of your car insurance policy;
  • Your driver’s license issued by the state of New Mexico;
  • A certificate for the emissions inspection if you had to perform one;
  • Proof of payment for the registration fees.

Please note you should notify the dealer if you want to transfer the license plates from the trade-in car, as to not submit the title and registration paperwork to the Motor Vehicle Division and get new plates issued in your name.

Transportation Permit Outside of New Mexico

If you purchased a car in the state of New Mexico while residing in another state, you have to obtain a permit to get your vehicle to your state of residency in a legal manner.

This type of permit is valid for a maximum of ten days and its cost is $5/2 days.

You can apply for a transportation permit by submitting the following paperwork:

  • The driver’s license;
  • Your car insurance policy;
  • A fee for the permit.

Vehicle Registration for Non-Residents and Military Members

Registration for military residents of New Mexico

 The state of New Mexico offers reduced fees for the registration of vehicles for military veterans that reside inside the borders of the state, under a couple of conditions:

  • Each veteran qualifies for a discount of a third off the fee of registration for any motorized vehicle, given they present an eligibility certificate;
  • Each recipient of a Purple Heart-medal can receive license plates with 2 Purple Hearts without having to pay the fees of registration (however, the fee of titling and the tax of excise will still apply);
  • All military members that were war prisoners may benefit from the waver of the annual fee of registration for 1 vehicle;
  • Veteran amputees are able to benefit from a registration plate free of charge for 1 vehicle that is their personal property;
  • A disabled veteran that is 100% disabled is eligible for annual registrations free of charge for two vehicles they own in their name;
  • Military members that received a Honor Medal are able to get a Honor Medal type license plate.

If you want to benefit from one of the specialized license plates mentioned above and from the discounted registration fees as well, submit the designated application form along with the paperwork and the payment.

Registration for military residents on active duty outside of New Mexico

You can preserve your New Mexico issued plates while being on active duty outside of the state or even overseas. If the license plates expire while you’re still stationed outside of the state, you can renew them by phone or online using your MasterCard or VISA information to pay the requested fees.

Registration for military members that are residents of other states

If you are a military member stationed in New Mexico, you can either preserve the license plates and registration from the state where you have your residency or you can apply to get a New Mexico registration and plates. You can apply for NM plates by following the process stipulated for new NM residents.

As a member of NATO, you can register your car in New Mexico by submitting the following documents at the MVD office:

  • A NATO membership ID;
  • The title of the vehicle;
  • Your auto insurance policy;
  • A specialized DOT form for vehicles purchased from foreign countries;
  • The VIN inspection an agent of the MDV will perform on the spot;
  • Payment for the fees of registration.

Please note that all documents in another language will have to be translated into English by an interpreter, and any highlighted documents will be rejected by the MVD.

Car Registration for Non-Resident Workers and Students

If you are a full-time student at any university or college in New Mexico, you are able to preserve your registration and plates from your residency state and still legally drive on the roads of New Mexico if:

  • Your plates aren’t expired;
  • You have a sticker placed on the vehicle that states you aren’t a resident of New Mexico.

Workers that do not reside in the New Mexico but have accepted a permanent job in it have to undergo the registration process within a period of 30 days. If the employment period is no longer than 180 days, the vehicle registration is not necessary.

Fees of Vehicle Registration in New Mexico

The amount needed in fees of registration depends on the weight and model year of the vehicle. The fees are separated in: fees for passenger vehicles, fees for trucks that weigh less than 26,000 pounds, fees for the late renewal of the registration, fees for the late transfer of the title, the tax excise for motor vehicles, etc.

How to Get a Duplicate of a Car Registration Certificate

You must get your registration replaced when you notice it became illegible or you lost it.

To get a duplicate of your registration, you need to submit an application along with the following documents at any office of the Motor Vehicle Division:

  • Proof of your car insurance policy.
  • The license plate no.
  • Proof of payment for the replacement fee.

Inspections for Vehicles in the State of New Mexico

Vehicles from outside of New Mexico and new residents

Any vehicle coming from outside of the state needs to go through a VIN inspection. This inspection is usually done at the MVD office, but sometimes an appointment is required. However, some offices don’t perform VIN inspections. If that’s the case in your area, go to a station approved by the state to do VIN inspections before starting the process of vehicle registration.

Residents and vehicles from inside the state

An emissions test might be required for cars bought inside the state of New Mexico undergoing the registration process for the first time. This requirement is solely for:

  • Bernalillo County residents;
  • Residents that commute for more than 60 days per year through Bernalillo County.

This type of testing is required when the vehicle owner changes and every two years otherwise.

License Plates in New Mexico

During the registration process, you will be able to choose between standard-issued license plates and one out of the multitude of specialized plates offered by the state with an additional fee.

License plate replacement

 You have to order a duplicate of the license plate if it went missing or it got damaged and became illegible. You can request a duplicate by submitting these documents to the MVD office:

  • Your certificate of registration with the state of New Mexico;
  • Your driver’s license issued by the state of New Mexico;
  • Payment of the license plate replacement fee.

How to Register a Non-Operational Vehicle

If you don’t plan to drive your vehicle on the roads of the state for a period of time, you can apply and submit a form to announce you will stop using the vehicle. By doing so, you won’t be issued a fee for late registration when you decide to resume driving your vehicle. To cancel the non-use status of your vehicle, you must go through the same process.

Other New Mexico Resources

New – official government website for the state of New Mexico.

New Mexico Wikipedia Page – everything you need to know about the state of New Mexico.

University Of New Mexico – Founded in 1831 as New Mexico’s first public college, The University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service.

New Mexico On Craigslist – local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, local community, and events.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

Reviews from Customers in New Mexico

  • Since it was my first move, I fell straight into a transportation scam on my first try. I paid a deposit to a supposed company, but nobody ever came to pick up the car.

    I learned my lesson, and searched the internet for every company I could find. I looked through reviews, read their sites, eliminated the ones who seemed suspicious, and finally settled on A1 Auto Transport.

    Joe understood my position and skepticism immediately and spared no effort to reassure me. I don’t know about the rest, but this company is legit.

    They picked up my car on Friday, November 7th at 1 pm and delivered it to New Mexico on November 10 in the morning. The entire team was very friendly and professional. Thank you for all your help!

    - Paul R.
  • Not sure what to do? Then, definitely go for A1 Auto Transport. I tried over 15 transportation companies and brokers to get my car going to New Mexico. I wasn’t exactly a pro at this, so yea, I was skeptical.

    It tempted me to avoid A1 Auto Transport to save some cash, but after I found out what that brought some of my friends, I chose otherwise. I trusted my instinct, and I was right!

    It should have taken about 3 days for my car to be picked up according to the contract, but they were at my doorstep after just 1. My Honda was also supposed to arrive in New Mexico in about 10 days, and I got it in 8. Kudos to the driver! He updated us all the time and always answered the phone. Great service!

    - Jacob W. I.

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