Motor Vehicle Made Easy

... But Not Necessarily More Affordable

Rachel Syme
3 min read
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Most people say that the only certainties in life are death and taxes, but if you want to drive, you will also have to make a few inevitable (and oh so thrilling) treks to the MVD. While the trip to wait hours in line for yet another unflattering license picture can seem daunting, the Alibi is here to guide you through the MVD process. It is sometimes quicker to visit one of four MVD Express locations. This private company offers basic services (licenses, titles, and registrations) and promises to have you in and out in less than 15 minutes. Unfortunately, you also have to pay extra for the quick service, bringing the usual $16 fee for a four-year driver license to just over 30 bucks and a one-year registration ($25 at MVD) to $40. Senior citizens (75 and older), who must renew their driver licenses every year, get a bit of a break at $7.95 each (this service is free at the main MVD). Go to for more information.

The only real perk of the main MVD is not having to go at all. If you just need to renew your registration or fill out basic forms, this can be done online through the state's website (see below) in one click, so that you can put the pedal to the metal without actually moving. Just make sure to register online at least one month before your current expiration date. Another hint if you have to brave the lines: A little bird told us that it is best to go in the middle of the month (especially before the 19th) between 10-11 a.m. Yes, we're just cool enough to have the inside scoop on the MVD.

Call (888) 683-4636 for information on registration, titles, licenses, documentation required for these services, as well as office information.

Main Office (Santa Fe)

Renewal website:

M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

(505) 827-4636

Winrock Mall

2100 Louisiana NE Suite 265

M-F 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sa. 8 a.m.-noon


Cottonwood Mall

10000 Coors Bypass NE Space 21

M-F 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sa. 8 a.m.-noon


Albuquerque Galería

20 First Plaza # 66

M-F 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


Albuquerque Kirtland AFB

1451 Fourth Ave., #20245

M-F 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Albuquerque Rio Bravo

3211 Coors SW, #G4

M-F 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


Rio Rancho

4114 Sabana Grande

M-F 8 a.m.-4 p.m.



12 Camino Municipal, City Hall, P.O. Box 9

M-F 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


MVD Express

1901 Carlisle NE—M-F 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sa. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 262-0559

5900 Eubank NE

M-F 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sa. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 293-0223

2316 Southern SE (Rio Rancho)

M-Sa. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 896-4750

2110 Pacheco (Santa Fe, inside Furr's)

M-F 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sa. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., (505) 474-0337

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