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Driving and Commuting

Kirtland AFB_2019 Getting To and around Driving and Commuting

Bernalillo County is traversed by two interstates and various state routes. Within Bernalillo County, Interstate 40 (Route 66) runs east and west through New Mexico and intersects Albuquerque. Interstate 25 runs north and south through Albuquerque. In addition to the interstates, numerous state routes in Bernalillo County join it to neighboring counties Santa Fe, Torrance, Valencia and Sandoval.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation offers commuter options at

NMDOT provides free, bilingual and real-time traffic information. Registered users can also create a personalized profile to receive phone, text or email updates about incidents on their specified routes at or by dialing 511.

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division

1451 Fourth St. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87117 505-846-8390

801 Fourth St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-764-6650

4575 San Mateo Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-875-0715

3211 Coors SW, Suite D10 and D11
Albuquerque, NM 87121 505-452-9239

11500 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite F1
Albuquerque, NM 87112 505-292-4570

4114 Sabana Grande Ave. SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-891-5014

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.

Driver’s Licenses

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

Distracted Driving

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, including: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Gallup, Taos and Espanola.

Texting while driving is prohibited in all of New Mexico.

Vehicle Registration

Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.

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.

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