When you are arrested for a DWI in New Mexico your license can be suspended in two different ways:
If you fail a breath test or refuse to take one, your license will be immediately suspended and the NM Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) can revoke it for up to a year. The arresting officer will give you a temporary driving permit that will let you drive for 20 days before the revocation goes into effect. During that time you can request a hearing to challenge the case, but you must do it within 10 days of arrest.
If you are sentenced by a New Mexico court after a trial or plea agreement you will face additional sanctions. 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 five years. You will also have to undergo alcohol evaluation and treatment and perform community service. Visit the New Mexico MVD website for more information.
Every situation and state is unique, please consult with your attorney or your state licensing authority to confirm your requirements and obligations.
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When your license is confiscated by the police officer you have 20 days before the revocation takes effect.
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.
The national average is $3 a day for an ignition interlock (IID) in New Mexico. While it’s nice to save money, the cheapest blow and go device may not be the best value for your wallet. It’s important to take into consideration the customer service provided, the device installer, and the device quality.
At LifeSafer, our IIDs go through the best quality control process out there. Before it heads to your local installation center, each device is meticulously tested and calibrated. When it reaches your NM installer, highly trained specialists will know how to install your device, no matter what kind of make or model your vehicle is. If you need us, our customer service department is ready to help you throughout your program.
This isn’t something you should have to do alone. That’s why LifeSafer is here to help every step of the way. That’s the value you get with LifeSafer.
Get your interlock program off smoothly in New Mexico. Our installation checklist will make sure you have all your information in one place.
And we email reminders before each appointment to help you stay on track. If you can’t make your appointment, please call us more than 24 hours in advance. This will help you avoid potential missed appointment fees.