Driving and Commuting
Curry and Roosevelt counties are traversed by two U.S. highways and several state routes.
Within Curry County, two major U.S. highways intersect in the city of Clovis. U.S. Highway 60/84 runs east to west through the county and across the state line into Farwell, Texas. U.S. Highway 70 meets U.S. Highway 60/84 in Clovis and runs primarily north to south within Curry County. U.S. Highway 70 connects Curry County to Roosevelt County, veering southwest to pass through Portales and eventually into Chaves County.
In addition to the U.S. highways, numerous state routes in Curry and Roosevelt counties join the counties to each other and neighboring Texas. State Route 467 runs north and south, connecting U.S. Highway 70 in Portales to Cannon AFB in Clovis.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation offers commuter options at www.dot.state.nm.us. NMDOT also provides real-time traffic information. Registered users can create a personalized profile to receive notifications about incidents on their specified routes at https://nmroads.com.
New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division
814 W. Sixth St.
Clovis, NM 88101 575-762-3732
1410 S. Avenue O
Portales, NM 88130 575-356-8711
The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at the division’s website.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in New Mexico from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all New Mexico residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license once residency is established.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its New Mexico Driver Manual, which can be downloaded at www.mvd.newmexico.gov/resources-forms-information-drivers.aspx.
Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at www.mvd.newmexico.gov/forms.aspx, including MVD forms, requests for driving records and more.
Military members and veterans may be entitled to certain MVD exemptions and allowances. For more information on military and veteran exceptions and requirements, visit the website.
The state of New Mexico does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. However, because localities are allowed to enact their own cellphone laws, making or receiving calls without a hands-free device is illegal in some towns.
Texting while driving is prohibited in all of New Mexico.
New Mexico Department of Transportation
Visit the New Mexico Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras.