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Thu October 29, 2009
NM Protects Domestic Violence Victims
By KRWG News
New Mexico – The Motor Vehicle Division will allow domestic violence and sexual assault victims to obtain a driver's license with a confidential mailing address.
MVD Director Michael Sandoval said Wednesday the agency is implementing a confidential address program authorized in a 2007 law to reduce the risk that abusers will track down their victims.
Domestic violence victims currently can register with the secretary of state's office to obtain a substitute mailing address, which can be used in conducting business with government agencies.
MVD will allow people to use the confidential mailing address on their driver's license or state-issued identification card although they must provide a residential address to the agency. To protect against disclosures, MVD will not keep the residential address in its electronic database.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.