New Mexico’s Traffic Violation Point System

The violations that can lead to license suspension under New Mexico’s license demerit point system.

To identify habitually reckless and negligent drivers, New Mexico keeps track of all traffic convictions using a traffic violation point system. This article explains New Mexico's point system and the consequences of racking up too many points.

How Does New Mexico's Traffic Violation Point System Work?

The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) assigns a certain number of points for each traffic violation conviction. The number of point generally depends on the seriousness of the violation (see chart below).

Drivers who get too many points face license suspension. However, points don't stay on your record forever (explained below).

Warning Letters and License Suspension for Traffic Violation Points in New Mexico

The actions taken by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division for point accumulation depend on the number of points the driver has gotten within the last year.

Six Points Will Get You a Warning Letter in New Mexico

A driver who obtains six points within a year will usually receive a warning letter outlining the penalties that will result from future traffic violations.

Seven Points Can Lead to License Suspension in New Mexico

At the time of sentencing, the judge is permitted to order a license suspension of up to three months for drivers with seven to 12 points within the last year. The court forwards the suspension order to the MVD to immediately issue the suspension.

12 Points Will Lead to License Suspension in New Mexico

Accumulating 12 points within 12 months will result in a 12-month license suspension. If, at any point, the MVD sees that a driver has accumulated 12 or more points within the last year, it will issue a notice of suspension indicating the suspension start date and right to appeal.

New Mexico Drivers Can Appeal Point-Related Suspensions

If the driver requests an appeal, the MVD will hold an administrative hearing regarding the validity of the suspension, including a review of the driver's record. However, in most cases, the driver's chances of beating the suspension are slim.

License Reinstatement and Getting a "Limited License" After a Point Suspension in New Mexico

After serving the license suspension, a driver must apply for license reinstatement. This application must include the reinstatement fee and a completion certificate from an approved driver improvement course. The applicant might also be required to retake the written driver's license examination or vision test.

Suspended drivers are allowed to apply for a limited driver's license. This license authorizes operation to and from work or school but only during certain days, certain hours, and at certain locations.

How Long Do Traffic Ticket Points Stay on Your Record in New Mexico?

All license points are expunged from the driver's record 12 months after the violation date. New Mexico does not permit the reduction of points by taking the driver improvement course, but some courts will offer a dismissal of the traffic offense if the driver completes a driver improvement course, which in turn prevents point assessment.

Point Values for New Mexico Traffic Tickets

The following is a list of some of the most common traffic violations and associated points.


Points Assessed

Speeding 26 or more miles per hour over the limit (certain circumstances)


Passing stopped school bus


Reckless driving




Speeding 16 to 25 miles per hour over limit (certain circumstances)


Failure to yield to emergency vehicle


Careless driving


Failure to yield or obey traffic signal


Following too closely


Improper turn


Improper passing


Left of center


Speeding 6 to 15 miles per hour over limit


Defective equipment


Failure to signal


Child restraint violation


Seatbelt violation


Overloaded vehicle


Certain violations, such as speeding on rural roads, do not result in a point assessment.

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