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Year of Manufacture (YOM)

The Motor Vehicle Division will register and permit the use of year-of-manufacture (“YOM”) license plates on motor vehicles that are 30 years old or older. The MVD representative is required to inspect the year-of-manufacture plate to ensure that it is in good condition and that the number on the plate is not already assigned or in use. To qualify for use, the year-of-manufacture plate must be an authentic plate issued in New Mexico during the motor vehicle’s model year.

There is nothing in the law requiring that a YOM tag be the appropriate type of plate for the vehicle being registered. The result is that from time to time one sees incongruous pairings such as a House Trailer plate on a 1965 Mustang or a Prorate Truck plate on a 1970s muscle car. In such cases it’s likely that neither the registrant nor the MVD knew what the plate really was.

To obtain the form to apply for a New Mexico YOM registration, please visit this page of the N.M. MVD website where you can download a PDF of Form MVD11317:


Photo Credits: 1931 Ford YOM courtesy Les Mallory, Motorcycle YOMs courtesy Michael Breeding, 1952 IHC pickup YOM courtesy TJ Carr.


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