When you are arrested for a DWI in New Mexico your license can be suspended in two different ways:
Administrative. This only happens if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one. Your license will be immediately suspended or revoked, and the arresting officer will give you a temporary driving permit that will let you drive for 10 days in order to get your affairs in order. During that time you can request a hearing to challenge the case. If you do not, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, your license will be suspended on the 11th day for 21 months.
Judicial. This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement. The administrative and judicial cases are separate, and must both be handled. Jail terms are more severe if blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .16 or above, or if an injury was caused in the course of the DWI. An ignition interlock device is mandatory for all DWI convictions. The term varies depending on the prior record of DWI offenses. For 4th or subsequent offenses the term is lifetime, with the opportunity of a court review every 5 years. You will also have to undergo alcohol evaluation and treatment and perform community service. When your license has been revoked for lifetime you will have the opportunity of a court review every 5 years.
When your license is confiscated by the police officer you have 20 days before the revocation takes effect.
Call LifeSafer Ignition Interlock at 800-634-3077 to schedule your ignition interlock installation. Ask about discounts and special offers
After installation, You will need to sign and have notarized an Affidavit for Ignition Interlock License.
You can now obtain an interlock license at any New Mexico State MVD field office. Bring identification, proof of interlock installation, notarized Affidavit and proof of insurance, and pay the license fee.
Complete the None for the Road DWI Awareness Program.