Does New Mexico require an inspection for vehicle registration? New Mexico

There are several requirements for car registration in New Mexico, but passing a safety inspection is not one of them. Unlike many other states that require annual safety checks with licensed mechanics, the MVD leaves the responsibility of maintaining a safe vehicle up to you.

The state does, however, require new residents registering in New Mexico for the first time to complete a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection. This can be completed at most DMV field offices. To play it safe, call your local DMV office ahead of time for VIN inspection availability.

In addition, there's also a required emissions inspection. But this requirement is restricted to Bernalillo County, which incorporates Albuquerque, the state's most susceptible city to smog.

Inspection Requirements to Register Car in Bernalillo County

If your reside in Bernalillo County or commute 60 days or more into the county, your vehicle (see exempt vehicles below) must pass a smog check. The MVD will reject any vehicle registration application or any registration renewal submission without proof of an emissions certificate.

For more information on emissions testing, call the City of Albuquerque Vehicle Pollution Management Division at (505) 764-1110.

Exempt vehicles from emissions testing include:

  • Motorcycles.
  • Mopeds.
  • 1974 and older vehicles.
  • Diesel powered vehicles.
  • Vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or more.
  • New vehicles sold by a dealer (proof of a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin required).

NM Vehicle Registration Requirements

To apply for vehicle registration for a new used car, visit your local MVD field office with:

  • An assigned title.  
  • An odometer statement recorded on any one of the following four forms: the car title's Assignment of Title section; a bill of sale; an Odometer Disclosure Statement (MVD form 10187); an Application for Vehicle Title and Registration (MVD form 10002).
  • Proof of NM car insurance.
  • Proof of New Mexico residency.
  • Proof of identity.
  • VIN inspection, if applicable.
  • Proof of emissions certificate, if applicable.
  • Payment for registration fee, which ranges from $27 to $62 for a one year certificate, and between $54 and $124 for a two-year registration.

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