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General New Mexico Insurance Guidelines
New Mexico currently requires that all drivers be covered under liability insurance. New Mexico offers one way around the required coverage; if you can present a $60,000 cash deposit or surety bond, you will be considered covered without having to make payments to an insurance company every month. Proof of insurance must always be accessible in the vehicle.
Minimum Liability Coverage in New Mexico
New Mexico's minimum liability amounts are as follows:
- $25,000 bodily injury per person
- $50,000 total bodily injury per accident
- $10,000 total property damage per accident
These are only the minimum requirements set by the state. Experts advise protecting your assets by getting more coverage than the state-mandated minimums as these limits tend not to keep pace with the ever-increasing costs of car repairs and medical bills. Most drivers also add collision and comprehensive coverage to their policies to cover possible damage to their own cars as well.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage
Some states require drivers to carry UM/UIM, or uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage protects a driver if they get in an accident where the other party does not have auto insurance. New Mexico does not require UM/UIM coverage.
Some states have “No-Fault” laws where a policyholder will be reimbursed by their insurance company without proof of fault, and restricted in the right to seek reimbursement through the court system for losses caused by other parties. New Mexico is not a “No-Fault” state.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
Some states have Personal Injury Protection or “PIP” regulations requiring drivers to carry PIP insurance. This is an extension of auto insurance that covers medical expenses, lost wages and/or other damages. New Mexico does not require drivers to purchase PIP insurance.
SR-22 Requirements for New Mexico
An SR-22 form is a vehicle liability insurance document to be filed with a state’s DMV as proof that a driver has the minimum required liability insurance coverage for that state. SR-22 filings are usually only required to reinstate driving privileges after an offense such as a DUI conviction, uninsured auto accident or driving without insurance. New Mexico does not require an SR-22 filing for driver’s license reinstatement.
New Mexico DUI Laws
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in the United States with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) level of 0.08% or higher. All states have driver's licensing laws that state that a licensed driver has given implied consent to a field sobriety test and/or method of determining BAC. This means that a driver is required to take such tests if a law enforcement officer has reasonable grounds for administering one, with automatic penalties for refusing to comply. If BAC is determined to be above the legal level a driver will be penalized in various ways. The first DUI offense penalties for New Mexico are:
- Up to 90 days imprisonment
- Up to 1-year license suspension
- Installation of an ignition interlock device for 1 year
- Must attend DWI school
- Required alcohol evaluation
- Community service
- Possible alcohol treatment
Additional Information on Insurance for New Mexico
For more information, please contact New Mexico PRC Department of Insurance: 1-888-427-5772 or visit their website at www.nmprc.state.nm.us.
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