In the state of New Mexico a Bill of Sale form is not required for most vehicle transactions but a Bill of Sale (Form MVD 10009) is required when a certificate of title is not available. The first time you register a used vehicle in your name, you must come into a MVD Field Office.
When you sell a vehicle you’ll need the current outstanding Certificate of Title for the vehicle, with the Assignment of Title section completed on either the front or reverse side, and signed by the seller of the vehicle. The location of the Assignment of Title section can vary according to the age of the title. The title document has undergone numerous revisions through the years. No copies are accepted.
The seller and the buyer must sign a document that shows that they agree on the odometer mileage reading at the time of the sale – Odometer Statement. You can use this Odometer Disclosure Statement (MVD Form 10187).
Complete also the Assignment of Title section on the back of the Certificate of Title Bill of Sale (MVD Form 10009).
The Bill of Sale Form is only required when Assignment of Title or Dealer Assignment is not on back of the Title. All information on the Bill of Sale must be filled in, and have signatures of both the seller and the buyer. On transfers between individuals, when the Assignment of Title on the back of the Certificate of Title is incomplete, use a – New Mexico Bill of Sale Form (MVD Form 10009).
Only for Bernalillo County residents – they need an Emission Certificate of Inspection.
If a vehicle was traded-in on the used vehicle bring one of the following:
– A copy of the trade-in vehicle Certificate of Title;
– A copy of the trade-in Certificate of Registration.
Affidavit of Gift of Motor Vehicle or Boat is required only when the transfer of the vehicle or boat is a gift. Both the donor and the recipient must sign the Affidavit of Gift of Motor Vehicle or Boat and have their signatures notarized (MVD Form 10018).
Dealer’s Invoice is required only when the title transaction involves a dealer sale. The dealer’s invoice must be the original or a certified copy.
Lien holder Information is required only when there is a lien holder on the vehicle.
Release of Lien is required only if the current outstanding Certificate of Title shows there is a lien on the vehicle, the lien must be properly released. If the lien holder is a bank, financial institution, credit union, or other company, the person releasing the lien must indicate their ‘position’ with the company (agent, president, title clerk, etc.).
VIN Inspection is required only for vehicles coming to New Mexico from another state. The vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection is usually done by a MVD agent at a MVD Field Office. However, not all Field Offices perform VIN inspections, and some require an advance appointment. Call your local MVD Field Office to inquire about VIN inspection availability and scheduling.
You can get a VIN inspection conducted by a Certified VIN Inspector. A list of Certified VIN Inspectors is available here.
If you are buying a vehicle, ensure that the seller has signed the appropriate section on the vehicle’s title and filled in your information as the vehicle purchaser. The odometer information should be completely filled out, as well as the purchase date and selling price fields. Using the odometer statement, the seller and the buyer must sign the document that shows that they agree on the odometer mileage reading at the time of the sale. The seller of the vehicle should remove the license plate from the vehicle at the time of the transaction. It is your responsibility as the purchaser to obtain a new title and to register the vehicle.
For more information go to New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department – Motor Vehicle Division.
The duties of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) are to license commercial and non-commercial drivers; register, title, and license commercial and non-commercial vehicles and boats; license auto dealers and title service companies and contract with private partners to provide selected MVD services. MVD is responsible for assuring compliance with the Motor Vehicle Code.
MVD Central Administration is tasked with the overall administration of the division, including responsibility for dealers; insurance and financial responsibility; transportation; policy, procedures, training and performance; DWI, error resolution and compliance and maintaining driver and vehicle records related to motor vehicle transactions.
MVD Field Operations is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the MVD’s 34 state-run field offices, 39 county and city field offices, and 18 privately-owned offices.