State / Territory Benefits - New Mexico
Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Benefits
Health and Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
State Tax Advantage: None
Property Tax Exemption: Veterans may qualify for a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of their real property for county taxation purposes. This benefit can also be used for a 1/3 discount when registering a vehicle in New Mexico.
Eligibility: Any Veteran who served a minimum of 90 days consecutive active duty (other than for training), has an honorable discharge, and is a legal resident of New Mexico. The benefit is also available to the un-remarried surviving Spouse of a Veteran who would have otherwise qualified for this benefit. Application
Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemptions: Veterans and their surviving Spouses are able to get a total property tax exemption of their real property taxes.
Eligibility: The Veteran must be a legal resident of New Mexico and have been rated 100% service connected disabled by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Veteran must provide a DD214 or equivalent Department of Defense document showing an honorable discharge. Veteran must provide a copy of the official award letter showing their 100% service connected disability rating. Veteran must be an established resident of New Mexico. Surviving Spouses must provide a copy of the Veteran's death certificate. Application
Exemption from Excise Taxes on Vehicle Purchases: Qualified Veterans are exempted from excise taxes when purchasing a new vehicle.
Eligibility: Any Veteran who has suffered the loss, or complete loss of use of one or more limbs due to their service in the military. Application
Retired Military Pay: The state offers a low- and middle income exemption. The maximum exemption is $2,500. To qualify, the amount on line 7 of the state income tax form must be equal to or less than $36,667 (single), $27,500 (married filing separately), or $55,000 (married filing jointly. A deduction also applies for those 65 and older if your adjusted gross income is not over $51,000 for a joint return, $28,500 for a single taxpayer, or $25,500 for a married taxpayer filing separately.
Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.
VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes
Military SBP/SSBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.
Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship Award: The Vietnam Veteran Scholarship will pay full tuition and books at any state funded post-secondary school to eligible Veterans. Application
Eligibility: Veteran must have established residency in New Mexico for a minimum of ten years, must have an Honorable Discharge, and have been awarded the Vietnam Campaign, or Vietnam Service Medal. To apply, download the application and instructions from the benefits page of the NM DVS web site at http://www.dvs.state.nm.us/benefits.html . For more information, call the NM DVS State Benefits Division at (505) 827-6374.
Children of Deceased Veterans Scholarship: Full tuition waiver at any state funded post-secondary school. A $150 stipend, per semester, will be issued to help with books or fees. Children who shall be selected to be beneficiaries of this fund shall be selected by this the Department of Veteran Services office based on need and merit. Application
Eligibility: Child must be between the ages of 16 and 26 and enrolled in a state supported school. Veteran of the Armed Forces must have been a resident of New Mexico at the original time of entry into the United States Armed Forces. Veteran must have been killed in action or as a result of such action during a period of armed conflict. Children and Spouse of National Guard Members killed while on active duty are also eligible for this scholarship. To apply, download the application and instructions from the benefits page of the NM DVS web site at http://www.dvs.state.nm.us/benefits.html . For more information, call the NM DVS State Benefits Division at (505) 827-6374
World War II and Korean Veterans High School Diploma: Any WWII or Korean War Veteran who joined the Armed Forces while attending a New Mexico high school prior to graduation is eligible for a high school diploma. Application
Eligibility: To be eligible to receive your diploma under this program, you must have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces. Additionally, you must have served between the following dates:
- December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946 (WWII)
- June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955 (Korean War)
New Mexico Veterans who are deceased are also eligible to receive a diploma. Family members of Veterans may apply on their behalf.
Apprenticeship Training: The state offers apprenticeship and theoretical training programs for qualified Veterans, who can receive their G.I. Bill benefits while working full-time and earning a salary. Qualified Veterans sign a contract establishing the length and scope of the training. All programs must meet apprenticeship standards set by the U.S. Department of Labor. Apprenticeship programs typically last between two to five years. Businesses and programs participating in a Veteran's apprenticeship program must require a participating Veteran to spend a minimum 2,000 hours of on-the-job training, along with a minimum 144 hours per year of related instruction. Typical apprenticeship opportunities are offered for: Carpenters, ironworkers, sheet-metal workers, plumbers, construction and architectural design. More info (505) 383-2431
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
- Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
- Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
- Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
- Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
- Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
- Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
- Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.
Primary Point of Contact:
Paul J. Aguilar, Commissioner
Deputy Secretary Finance and Operations, New Mexico Public Education Department
Address: Jerry Apodoca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Employment Assistance: State employee receives 15 days military leave per year. An additional 15 days of military leave/year if performing duty in support of OIF or OEF for Army National Guard only.
Eligibility: State employees in the Reserves and the National Guard who are called to active duty shall first be granted any remaining military leave from the fiscal year normally used for training purposes and then be granted an additional fifteen (15) days of military leave, as authorized by the governor. (10.4.7.19 NMAC). Members of organized Reserve units or the National Guard ordered to active duty training shall be given up to fifteen (15) working days of paid military leave per federal fiscal year. These fifteen (15) days are in addition to other authorized leave. (10.4.7.20 NMAC).
New Mexico Personnel Office Veterans Hiring Preference: Veterans honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces and applicants currently serving in the National Guard shall have five points added to their final passing numerical scores on screening examinations performed by the State Personnel Office. Veterans honorably discharged with a service-connected disability shall have 10 points added to their final passing numerical scores.
On-The-Job Training (OJT): The state offers On-the-Job-Training (OJT) programs which typically last between six months to two years. Participating Veterans work under a skilled worker's supervision and draw monthly benefits from the U.S. Veterans' Administration. Upon completion, the Veteran is awarded a certificate by the employer indicating the successful completion of that training program. Some of the programs offered under OJT program are: heating and air conditioning repair, law enforcement, security and corrections officer training, warehouse operations, shipping and receiving clerks, landscaping, welding, commercial painting, auto mechanics and the beverage & food industry. More info (505) 383-2431
Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides temporary financial assistance to qualified individuals who meet state eligibility requirements. UI benefits are financed through employer payroll taxes; they are not deducted from employee paychecks. Everyone who collects UI benefits is legally responsible for following the rules according to New Mexico state law.
Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims are processed by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS), and there are two ways to file for unemployment:
- The toll-free number 1-877-NM4-MYUI (1-877-664-6984)
- You can file your new (initial) Unemployment Insurance claim online. Click on "Apply for Benefits" under "Unemployment Insurance." Computers are available at your local Workforce Connection Centers and local libraries. Our Unemployment Insurance claims system is available to take initial claims or weekly certifications Sunday through Friday from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please allow at least 30 minutes to file an online claim prior to system down time.
All individuals applying for and receiving unemployment benefits will be required to log into the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System (https://www.jobs.state.nm.us/vosnet/Default.aspx) first in order to access the Unemployment Insurance Claims and Benefits System. UI claimants will be required to maintain usernames and passwords for both the online jobs system (https://www.jobs.state.nm.us/vosnet/Default.aspx) and the UI claims system.
You can also file by phone by calling 1-877-NM-4-MYUI (1-877-664-6984). After following the automated prompts, your call will be transferred to a Customer Service Agent (CSA) who will complete your claim. Our Unemployment Insurance Operation Center is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Whether over the internet or by telephone, you will need the following information to file a new claim:
- Social Security Number
- Mailing address and phone number(s) of employer(s) you worked for in last 18 months
- The starting and ending dates of your last job (or jobs if more than one employer in last 18 months)
- If you are a non-citizen, have your alien registration number and expiration date
- If you worked during the week you are filing your claim, be sure you know the gross amount (total dollars and cents before any deductions) of your pay before filing
- Pencil and paper to write down questions and instructions
Special Vehicle License Plates: Law has established six vehicle license plates including Armed Forces Veterans, Ex-Prisoners of War, Pearl Harbor Survivors, Purple Heart, 100% Disabled Veterans, and Medal of Honor, for qualified Veterans of New Mexico. Veterans who qualify for any special Veteran's plate other than the Armed Forces Veteran's plate shall receive up to two plates. They may purchase the Armed Forces Veteran's plate for as many vehicles as are registered under their name.
National Guard Plates: The National Guard plate is available to any person who is an active member of the New Mexico National Guard, upon the submission by the person of proof satisfactory to the division that the person is currently a member of the guard. No fee, including the regular registration fee, shall be collected for issuance of a National Guard plate. Fee: None for plate or registration. Application
Ex-Prisoner of War Plates: Prisoner of War (POW) plates are available to any person, or to the surviving Spouse of a deceased person, who was held as a prisoner of war by an enemy of the United States during any armed conflict, upon submission of proof satisfactory to the division. If the applicant is the surviving Spouse, a copy of the marriage certificate and death certificate must accompany the application. No fee, including the regular registration fee, shall be collected for issuance of a POW plate. Fee: None for plate or registration. Application
Pearl Harbor Survivor Plates: A Veteran who can provide proof that they were a member of the Armed Forces on December 7, 1941, stationed at Pearl Harbor, on the Island of Oahu, or offshore at a distance not exceeding three miles. The VA shall confirm proof with the New Mexico chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. No fee other than the registration fee applicable shall be collected for this plate. Application
Purple Heart Plates: The Purple Heart plate is issued for up to two vehicles to any person who is a Veteran and a bona fide Purple Heart medal recipient and submits proof that that have been awarded the medal.. Most DD 214's list this with other medals that have been awarded. No fee, including the regular registration fee, shall be collected for this plate. Application
50% Disabled Veteran Plates: The 50% disabled Veteran plate is available for up to two vehicles, including motorcycles, to a Veteran of the armed forces of the United States, upon the submission of proof satisfactory to the department that he was 50% disabled while serving in the armed forces of the United States. No fee, including the regular registration fee, shall be collected for issuance of 50 percent disabled Veteran plate. A 50% disabled Veteran who would also qualify for the disabled person (HP) plate may elect to have the disability wheelchair symbol included on his disabled Veteran plate. Application
Gold Star Family Plate: The Gold Star Family License Plate is available for any Family which has had a son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, parent or step-parent killed in combat action. There is a four-plate limit per Family. The first plate is free and all fees will be waived over the lifetime of the recipient. The remaining three plates are also free, but these recipients are responsible for an annual $17 plate registration fee; registration fee waived for first plate issued to the Service member's mother or Spouse. Application
Medal of Honor Plates: The Veteran must provide proof that they were awarded the Medal of Honor. No fee, including the regular registration fee, shall be collected for this plate. Application
Women Veteran Plate: The Women Veteran of the armed forces of the United States, as defined in Section 9-22-3-NMSA 1978, or is retired from the National Guard or military reserves, if that person submits proof satisfactory to the department of honorable discharge from the armed forces or of retirement from the National Guard or military reserves. Fee of $17.00 initially no added fee upon regular registration renewal. Application
Armed Forces Veteran Plate: The Armed Forces Veteran plates are available for any individual who is a Veteran of the armed forces of the United States or is retired from the National Guard or military reserves, with proof satisfactory to the department of honorable discharge from the armed forces or of retirement from the National Guard or military reserves. Application
Veteran Motorcycle Plate: This plate can be acquired by any motorcycle owner who is a Veteran of the armed forces of the United States, as defined in Section 28-13-7-NMSA 1978, or is retired from the National Guard or military reserves, if that person submits proof satisfactory to the department of honorable discharge from the armed forces or of retirement from the National Guard or military reserves. Fee of $9.00 plus regular registration fee. Application
Veterans who qualify for any special Veteran's plate other than the Armed Forces Veteran's plate shall receive up to two plates. They may purchase the Armed Forces Veteran's plate for as many vehicles as are registered under their name.
Patriot Plate: Any licensed driver in the state who has a vehicle registered in the state may apply for a Patriot Plate for a onetime fee of $27 plus the regular registration. Application
Group Insurance: National Guard Association offers up to $50,000.00 /$17.01 month; Coverage of up to$10,000.00/$6.66 for month Spouse and Children.
Eligibility: New Mexico National Guard members. State reimburses paid SGLI premiums up to $400,000 maximum life insurance for Army National Guard members.
Worker's Compensation: Worker's Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: Injury occurs while serving on State Active Duty.
Injury/Death Benefits: Worker's Compensation equivalent to State employees less any VA payments received.
Eligibility: Injury/Death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.
Day-Pass and Three Free Camping Nights for Disabled Veterans: Any Veteran who is rated 50% or higher service-connected disabled may obtain an annual free day-use pass and three free nights of camping for personal use only. Qualified Veterans can obtain these passes by showing proper identification and proof of disability at any NMDVS field office or download it here. Complete and send the application according to the instructions and attach a copy of your NM driver's license and a copy of the VA award letter showing a rating of 50% or higher.
Free State Monuments and Museums Pass for Disabled Veterans: Any Veteran who is rated 50% or higher service-connected disabled may obtain a free State Monument and Museum pass for personal use only. Qualified Veterans can obtain this pass by showing proper identification and proof of disability at any DVS field office or download it here.
Free Hunting and Fishing: Any 100% disabled Veteran qualifies for a free lifetime general hunting and fishing license. This DAV Identification card issued by the Department permits the holder to fish, hunt small game and to receive a deer hunting license, free of charge, whether through the state draw or for hunting on private land.
Eligibility: The Veteran must first obtain a Disabled American Veteran (DAV) card and enter the number on the application form.
Reduced Fee Licenses for Active Duty Military: A 4-day temporary active-duty small game license is available for $16.00 and allows the licensee to hunt game birds, except wild turkey, and squirrel during the period of time indicated on the license. A 5-day temporary active-duty fishing license is available for $12.00 and allows the licensee to fish for game fish during the period indicated on the license.
Eligibility: New Mexico residents who are active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces or the National Guard and who are on leave for 30 days or less are eligible for reduced-fee licenses.
Reduced Fee Game Hunting and Fishing for Resident Active Duty Military: New Mexico residents who are active duty Service members are eligible to purchase a discounted Game-hunting and Fishing license for $20.00. These are sold only at Department offices. Applicants must provide a current, valid military identification card and proof of New Mexico residency. A Habitat Stamp and Habitat Management and Access Validation are required. All other laws and rules must be followed.
Resident Veteran Game Hunting and Fishing License: New Mexico residents who are members of the National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces and were called to active duty on or after 04/03/2003 are eligible for a free game hunting and fishing license for the year following their deactivation and return to the state. Proof of service must be presented at a Game and Fish office. A Habitat Management and Access Validation and Habitat Improvement stamp s not required in conjunction with the free game hunting and fishing license, however all other hunting activities require the purchase and possession of these stamps. All other laws and rules must be followed.
Returning Iraq/Afghanistan Resident Veterans-Only Oryx Hunts: Premier, Once-in-a-Lifetime hunts have been established for New Mexico Resident Veterans who served active military duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. All hunts occur on White Sands Missile Range. Proof of service is required. Submit a COPY of your Orders or DD-214 to NMDGF Special Hunts, PO Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504 or fax to 505-476-8180 or email your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the application deadline for these hunts. Please check the current Hunting Rules and Information Booklet for more information.
Resident Pricing Available for Certain Fort Bliss Hunting Opportunities: Active duty Soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss may receive resident pricing for hunting and fishing opportunities on the portions of Fort Bliss military reservation that are in New Mexico. Proof of assignment is required. To receive the resident price for draw applications, please send verification of assignment to NMDGF Special Hunts, PO Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504 or fax to 505-476-8180 or email email@example.com.
Military Rehabilitation Fishing License: Members or Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are undergoing a rehabilitation program that involves learning and practicing fishing skills are eligible for free fishing licenses. The rehabilitation program must be sponsored by the Federal government or a nonprofit organization authorized by the Federal government and it must be under the direction of a military or Federal Veteran's administration rehabilitation center. The Habitat Management and Access Validation and the Habitat Improvement Stamp are not required with this fishing license. All other laws and rules must be followed. For more information on this license call the Special Permits office at 505-476-8064.
Non-Resident Disabled Active Duty and Veteran Licenses for Rehabilitation Enrollees: Non-resident active duty member's or Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are undergoing a rehabilitation program that involves hunting activities are eligible for resident pricing on deer, elk, antelope, javelina, and turkey licenses. The rehabilitation program must be sponsored by the Federal government, or a non-profit organization authorized by the Federal government and it must be under the direction of a military or Federal Veteran's administration rehabilitation center. This benefit is not available through the public draw. Proof of eligibility must be provided. This benefit is available at Game and Fish offices. For more information please call 888-248-6866.
Veterans Military Honors: The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services coordinates with military and local Veteran organizations to provide an honor guard and bugler for military honors funerals for deceased honorably-discharged Veterans at no charge to the Family.
Homeless and At-Risk Veteran Services: Through contracts with the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center (NMVIC) in Albuquerque and Mesilla Valley Community of Hope in Las Cruces, The Department of Veterans Services provides transition services for homeless and at risk NM Veterans.
New Mexico Veterans Home: Any Veteran with an honorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States shall be eligible for admission to the New Mexico Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences (575) 894-4200, or Ft. Bayard State Veteran's Home, Santa Clara (575) 537-8636.
Eligibility: Honorably discharged Veterans with 90 days or more of service and their Spouses as well as Gold Star Parents, who have lost children in the service of their country.
Veterans' and Family Support Services: The Veterans' and Family Support Services program is a state-funded initiative to provide comprehensive case management and behavioral health services for New Mexico Veterans and their Families who are not eligible for or who cannot access federally funded services.
VFSS Toll-free (state-wide, 24/7)
NM Crisis Help Line
VA Suicide Hotline
New Mexico National Cemeteries: There are two National cemeteries located in New Mexico, the Santa Fe National Cemetery and the Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Burial benefits available for Spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the Veteran, and the Spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran's headstone, at no cost to the Family. Eligible Spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran. To schedule a burial: Fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.
Eligibility: Veterans discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and Service members who die while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, as well as Spouses and dependent Children of Veterans and active duty Service members, may be eligible for VA burial and memorial benefits including burial in a national cemetery, a headstone to mark the grave of a Veteran interred in a private cemetery or a Presidential Memorial Certificate for loved ones. The Veteran does not have to die before a Spouse or dependent Child can be eligible. With certain exceptions, active duty service beginning after September 7, 1980, as an enlisted person, and after October 16, 1981, as an officer, must be for a minimum of 24 consecutive months or the full period of active duty (as in the case of reservists or National Guard members called to active duty for a limited duration). Active duty for training, by itself, while serving in the reserves or National Guard, is not sufficient to confer eligibility. Reservists and National Guard members, as well as their Spouses and dependent Children, are eligible if they were entitled to retired pay at the time of death, or would have been upon reaching requisite age.
Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Albuquerque: New Mexico VA Health Care System, 1501 San Pedro SE, 505-265-1711 / 800-465-8262
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Alamogordo: Alamogordo CCBOC, 3199 N. White Sands Blvd, Ste D10, 515-437-9195 / Fax: 575-551-5040
Artesia: Artesia Clinic, 1700 West Main, 575-746-3531 / Fax: 575-746-6958
Clovis: Clovis CBOC, 921 East Llano Estacado, 575-763-4335 / Fax: 575-763-4296
Espanola: Espanola CCBOC, 105 S. Coronado Ave, 505-367-4213 / Fax: 505-367-4215
Farmington: Farmington CBOC, 3605 English Rd, 505-326-4383 / Fax: 505-325-1925
Gallup: Gallup CBOC, 520 State Hwy 564, 505-722-7234 / Fax: 505-863-6078
Hobbs: Hobbs CBOC, 1601 N. Turner, 4th Fl, 575-391-0354 / Fax: 575-391-9977
Las Cruces: Las Cruces CBOC, 1635 Don Roser, 575-522-1241 / Fax: 575-522-1497
Las Vegas: Las Vegas CCBOC, 624 University Ave, 505-425-1910 / Fax: 505-425-1905
Raton: Raton CBOC, 1275 South 2nd St, 575-445-2391 / Fax: 575-445-8714
Rio Rancho: Northwest Metro, 1760 Grande Blvd SE , 505-896-7200 / Fax: 505-994-4285
Santa Fe: Santa Fe CBOC, 2213 Brothers Rd, Ste 600, 505-986-8645 / Fax: 505-986-8662
Silver City: Silver City Clinic, 2950 Leslie Rd, 575-538-2921 / Fax: 575-388-9260
Taos: Taos CCBOC, 1353 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, 242-751-0328 / Fax: 575-758-8934
Truth or Consequences: Truth or Consequences CCBOC, 1960 North Date St, 575-894-7662 / Fax: 575-894-7930
Albuquerque: Albuquerque Vet Center, 1600 Mountain Rd NW, 505-346-6562 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 505-346-6572
Farmington: Farmington Vet Center, 4251 E. Main Ste A, 505-327-9684 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 505-327-9519
Las Cruces: Las Cruces Vet Center, 230 S. Water St, 575-523-9826 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 575-523-9827
Santa Fe: Santa Fe Vet Center, 2209 Brothers Rd, Ste 110, 505-988-6562 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 505-988-6564
Veterans Benefits Administration
Albuquerque: Albuquerque Regional Office, Dennis Chavez Federal Bldg, 500 Gold Ave, S.W., 800-827-1000
Kirtland AFB: Kirtland Air Force Base, Airman & Family Readiness Center Support Bldg 20245, Ste 126
National Cemetery Administration
Fort Bayard: Fort Bayard National Cemetery, 200 Camino De Paz, 915-564-0201 / Fax: 915-564-3746
Santa Fe: Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 North Guadalupe St, 505-988-6400 / Fax: 505-988-6497
Military Installations in New Mexico
White Sands Missile Range
Document Review Date: 11 December 2013