Are radar detectors legal in New Mexico?

I heard somewhere that radar detectors are illegal. My cousin swears that’s not true and that they have one, but they live in Tennessee and I’m in New Mexico. Who is right?

Cassandra Hamilton · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
You can rest easy knowing radar detectors are legal in
New Mexico
if you are driving a non-commercial vehicle.
Radar detectors detect speed-checking guns and help you avoid costly
speeding tickets
car insurance
increases—but their legality varies from state to state.
New Mexico is one of 49 states that allow radar detectors for non-commercial vehicles. The only instances where radar detectors are illegal are:
  • In Virginia
  • In Washington D.C.
  • When driving a commercial vehicle over 10,000 pounds
Some states have laws that regulate where and how you can mount radar detectors in your car, but New Mexico has no such laws. You can mount the radar detector on your dash if you want.
If you don’t have a radar detector and get slammed with a costly speeding ticket, it will hit your driving record and increase your insurance rates. Download the
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