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These plates are used by motor vehicle dealers in lieu of having to get a regular license plate for every car on the sales lot. The plates are typically moved from vehicle to vehicle as they are taken out on demonstration drives. New Mexico’s Dealer plates were first made available in 1913. (See also Dealer Coach.)
Example of multiple dealer plates issued to a single dealer during a given year
   Dealer Manufacturer
Dealer Manufacturer plates in New Mexico were issued to manufacturers of buses and trailers. (The state did not have automobile manufacturers).  New Mexico Dealer Manufacturer plates are known to exist from the early 1970's and have always had the DM prefix.  Since 1975 they have had the format DM*1234, where “*” is the zia symbol. We would like to photograph additional plates of this type for inclusion here. If you have any, please contact us!


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