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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:


1926 Pierce-Arrow Series 80, 5-passenger sedan.  By Richard Miller
1929 Model A Roadster.  By Richard Miller.
1930 Buick Model 60, 7-passenger touring sedan.  By Bill Johnston.
1931 Ford Model A Coupe.  Courtesy Les Mallory.
1931 Model A Ford.  Courtesy Rick Black.
1933 Ford Pickup.  By Richard Miller.
1934 Chevrolet.  Courtesy Dan Zolnier.
1939 Ford pickup. Courtesy Kevin Bovee.
Left to right:  1938 Harley Davidson UH 80 cid Flathead Big Twin; 1939 Indian "Bonneville" Chief, Flathead 74 cid; 1947 Indian Chief, Flathead 74 cid; 1951 Vincent Black Shadow, OHV, 61 cid (1,000 cc).  Courtesy Michael Breeding.
1941 Chevrolet AK series 1/2 ton pickup truck. Courtesy John Wallace and Phil Hill.
1952 International Pickup.  Courtesy T.J. Carr.
1953 Pontiac Sedan Delivery.  Courtesy Keith Austin.
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1.  By Richard Miller.
Closeup of 1965 YOM plate and its sticker

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