If a vehicle has been involved in an accident and declared to be a total loss by the owner or the insurance company, the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles will brand it with a salvage title.
Generally, a salvage title car cannot be driven on public roads in New Mexico until it has been adequately repaired, inspected, rebranded as “rebuilt” or “revived”, registered, and insured.
This page will cover the salvage title process in New Mexico, and provide you with tips on how to get a salvage vehicle back on the road.
For official information or questions about your specific situation, please contact your local New Mexico DMV office or visit the official DMV website:
What is a Salvage Title in New Mexico?
Like many other states, a salvage title in New Mexico means that the vehicle has been reported to the DMV to be a total loss, wrecked, or damaged to the point where it is no longer roadworthy.
New Mexico salvage title cars cannot be driven until they have been repaired and inspected.
How to Get a Salvage Title Cleared in New Mexico
A salvage vehicle can be issued a reconstructed or rebuilt title after undergoing the necessary repairs and passing inspections.
The following steps and documents are required to clear a salvage title in New Mexico:
- The Certificate of Title for the vehicle.
- An Affirmation Certifying Ownership (Form MVD-10010): http://realfile.tax.newmexico.gov/mvd10010.pdf
- Bills of Sale, Receipts, and Invoices for any parts used to rebuild the vehicle.
- An Affirmation for Specially Constructed or Reconstructed Vehicle (Form MVD-10015): http://realfile.tax.newmexico.gov/mvd10015.pdf
- A Vehicle Equipment Affirmation (Form MVD-10053): http://realfile.tax.newmexico.gov/mvd10053.pdf
- A completed weight certificate.
- An Affidavit of VIN.
- A New Mexico Assigned VIN, if applicable.
- A final inspection conducted by an MVD employee.
- Payment for the inspections and title fees.
Register a Salvage Title Car in New Mexico
Once the rebuilt title has been issued, you can visit your local MVD office to apply for registration. You may need to present:
- The rebuilt NNM title.
- A completed registration application.
- Inspection reports.
- Proof of car insurance.
- Payment for your registration fees and taxes.
- What is a Salvage Title?
- What is a Rebuilt Title?
- Salvage Title Insurance
- Buying a Car with a Salvage Title
If you’re in the market to buy, sell, or register a salvage title vehicle in New Mexico, VINvaquero.com has the free resources you need to get back on the road.
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