We just got hit with a 10 dollar late fee by the Motor Vehicle Division in the great state of New Mexico. Our tags expired in February. We renewed March 1 and got NAILED with a $10 late penalty. NM is maybe the poorest state in the USA, but this smacks of desperation.
In previous years, we have always received tag/sticker renewal via USPS with plenty of the lead time to renew, but NOT this year! I guess poverty stricken NM cannot afford bulk postage rates!
Also, as you can see in the screenshot of MyMVD Online Services, one is required to input a donation value for the Veteran’s and Children’s eyesight fund. The system will NOT let you checkout and pay for your new Tag renewal stickers unless you enter the amount of your donation to both funds.
We all have heard of small town speed traps to generate scarce revenue. This is New Mexico’s version of a vehicle registration renewal trap.