New Mexico is a “Vehicle Plate to Owner” state. If the vehicle is sold, traded-in or given as a gift, the vehicle owner is responsible for removing the license plate from the vehicle. Within 30 days of the transaction, the vehicle owner shall take the plate to MVD to have it destroyed, or apply to have the plate assigned to another vehicle of the same class.

Before a vehicle can be registered for the first time it must be titled. Learn about vehicle titling here.

MVD Quik will provide new license plates when you register your vehicle.