New Mexico Statutes Chapter 66. Motor Vehicles § 66-2-17. Administrative hearing;  procedure

A. Unless a more specific provision for review exists, any person may dispute the denial of, or failure to either allow or deny, any license, permit, placard or registration provided for under the Motor Vehicle Code by filing with the secretary a written protest against the action or inaction by the department.  Every protest shall identify the person and the action or inaction that is in dispute, the grounds for the protest and the affirmative relief requested.  The statement of grounds for protest shall specify individual grounds upon which the protest is based and a summary statement of the evidence expected to be produced supporting each ground asserted, if any;  provided that the person may supplement the statement at any time prior to a hearing conducted on the protest pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Hearings Office Act.  The secretary may, in appropriate cases, provide for an informal conference before the administrative hearings office sets a hearing of the protest.

B. Any protest by a person shall be filed within thirty days of the date of the mailing or verbal notification of the action proposed to be taken by the department.  If a protest is not filed within the time required for filing a protest, the secretary may proceed with the action proposed by the department.

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