NM registration

Christopher Sanchez

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I am currently undergoing the process of getting my goblin registered in New Mexico. I knew that this would be a process and so far I was right. I have read and studied the requirements for the past couple of months and have completed every requirement required according to the NM MVD website. The current problem that I am having is that the MVD workers are not familiar with the process and have never registered a kit car. I visited two separate MVDs on Wednesday and each of them say something different. One said the vehicle requires the State Police office to perform Level 3 VIN inspection while the State police Dept tell me it does not since its a custom built chassis. One MVD told me that i cannot register the goblin for road use after "passing the vehicle equipment affirmation inspection" because it looks like a dune buggy unable to give any further explanation. The other MVD is unable to realize that the goblin is not a "reconstructed" vehicle and is a "Specially" constructed vehicle. reconstructed meaning using a factory made chassis which would require a Level 3 inspection. Ultimately the issue is that the personnel just are not familiar with this process. And so far it has not mattered that I have been able to show them their own documentation which states what make a vehicle legal on NM roads. Sorry for the ranting in this section, once I have completed this process i will document all of the requirements but for now i guess i am just looking for tips from others who have had similar experiences and how they ultimately were successful.
 

Desert Sasqwatch

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Sometimes the inexperience can work in your favor if you get the right person. Sounds like it has not in Christopher's case so far and the unfamiliarity of the NM DMV has ended up being a roadblock. Keep at it, you will eventually get to the right person and complete the registration. Good luck.
 

ctuinstra

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I agree with Desert. It may also help if you respectfully show them that you know what you are doing and are familiar with the process. That can be tricky as some may just block you to be an a55 if you come off too cocky.

When I was registering at the DMV, she thought I would have to have a motor vehicle safety inspection, I confidently reminded her that this is a 2018 model year (in 2018) and since it is a "new" vehicle, they are exempt from safety inspections. She agree and said she would try to process it through "to see what happens" and sure enough they system allowed her to process and on we went.

It stinks that you run into these situations, but we really can't blame them as this is something they never see and don't need to know about on a daily basis. It's part of the adventure. You will have the same with insurance companies when they go to give a quote using the make/model/year.

Good luck!
 

Christopher Sanchez

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Desert, that is absolutely the vibe i am getting. I feel as though I can show up to another MVD and it may pass without a second thought! Ctuinstra, Its hard to swallow being denied when the last 6 mo have led up to that moment of getting it registered! Haha not to mention I work nights and worked all night and then had to return to work the following night. So maybe I came off a little bit grouchy when she told me I had to have a license plate bracket or pre drilled holes/ zip ties in place where the License plate would be mounted (not stated on document), even though the license plate light is mounted directly above, and also that she felt it required (2) windshield wipers when the doc in her hand clearly states (1)... I think we were merely butting heads after this. Oh well it will make it that much sweeter when the process is over!
 
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