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Meet Michael Wiener

Michael C. Wiener – ALPCA 1517
License Plate Collector, Researcher, and Consultant


Former Albuquerque City Councillor
Former New Mexico State Senator
Former Bernalillo County Commissioner
As seen on HGTV‘s “Offbeat America” TV show!

Michael C. Wiener is considered by many to be America’s foremost authority in the field of automobile license plates and motor vehicle licensing systems.

As a reference source for motor vehicle departments, auto clubs, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and television and motion picture production, Michael has an extensive collection consisting of well-over 100,000 license plates.  Michael is a 50-year member of the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association and has served numerous terms as ALPCA Director and Vice-President and twice was elected ALPCA President


  • New Mexico State Senator 1993-1997 – Ways & Means Committee

– Public Affairs Committee

  • Albuquerque City Councilor 1985-1989

– Twice Elected Council Vice-President

– Chairman City Council Finance Committee (overseeing $300 million budget)


  • Sponsored many Pro Law Enforcement Bills – Provided free bullet-proof vests for APD – Initiated APD helicopter program

– Secured $850,000 for a new APD substation

  • Always Pro-Business

– State Senate voting record ranked fourth best of all 42 senators by the Association of Commerce and on Industry (ACI) on business-related legislation!

  • Rated A+ by the NRA

– Consistent defender of our Second Amendment rights

– Sponsor of NM Personal Protection Act


  • Founding Member (1982) and past spokesperson MADD (Albuquerque Chapter)
  • Member, of Mayor’s Task Force on Alcohol Abuse, DWI, and Crime
  • Member, City-County Unification Committee,
  • Former Chaco Ridge Voting Member (High Desert Neighborhood Association)


  • Real Estate Broker for 25 years (1978-2003)
  • Retail Small Business Owner/Founder 5 years
  • Co-founder License Plate Information Center Designing publications and training for Law Enforcement.


  • B.A., University of New Mexico (1976)


Results & Accomplishments

New Mexico State Senator

Bills Sponsored by New Mexico State Senator Michael Wiener January 1993 – January 1997

Reformed real estate licensing laws (SB-203)
Secured $850,000 to fund APD Foothills Substation (Lomas and Chelwood)
Sponsored the New Mexico Personal Protection Act
Passed a constitutional amendment raising the number of signatures required on a grand jury petition
Voting record – ranked fourth best of all 42 senators by the Association of Commerce and Industry, a pro-business lobbying group

The prime sponsor of these motor vehicle-related and pro-law enforcement bills:


S-50: Special registration plates for legislators
S-275: Require proof of driver’s license when applying for registration
S-276: Authorize MVD to cancel vehicle registrations when the driver’s license has been revoked
S-277: Outlaw license plate frames and covers
S-347: Provide notification of insurance companies online and suspension of registration
S-697: Increase penalties for injuring police animals
S-855: Establish a state transportation department


S-224: Increase penalties for impersonating a police officer
S-225: Provide DWI information to driver’s license applicants
S-505: Concealed weapons act
S-512: Special registration plates
S-515: Northeast Heights police substation funding
SM-44: Prison facility study


S-198: Historic vehicle registration plates
S-199: Registration plate display
S-201: Wildlife registration plates
S-217: Firefighter registration plates
S-256: Collegiate registration plates
S-291: Disabled parking enforcement
S-461: Reduce fees for Children’s Trust Fund plates
S-517: Farm vehicle registration
SJM-16: Enhanced driver’s license system


S-64: New Mexico Personal Protection Act
S-77: Comprehensive revision of Motor Vehicle Code
S-644: Fund APD helicopter program
SJR-3: Constitutional amendment allowing concealed weapons

Albuquerque City Councillor

• Founding Member (1982) and past spokesman MADD (Albuquerque Chapter)
• Member, of Mayor’s Task Force on Alcohol Abuse, DWI, and Crime
• Member of, the City Redistricting Committee,
• Member, City-County Unification Committee,
• Chaco Ridge Voting Member (High Desert Neighborhood Association)

December 1, 1985, to November 30, 1989

A Strong Record of Actions and Accomplishments!
Enacted a free bullet-proof vest program for all APD Officers “VEST A COP”
Wrote the first laws to save the Petroglyphs – West Mesa Volcanic Escarpment
Started the Albuquerque Office of Recycling Initiated the Coalition of all 19 District 9 Neighborhood Associations – the first city council Neighborhood Coalition – Held monthly meetings Sponsored Legislation to save the Albuquerque Trolley System
Authored Legislation to ensure that assets and forfeitures seized, could be kept by the police to be used in the war on drugs
Initiated the APD Helicopter Program Pioneered the roll-out trash container system to replace plastic bags – which has resulted in increased productivity and millions of dollars in savings from worker’s compensation alone
A strong supporter of the Convention Center Expansion, Airport (Sunport) expansion and remodeling, Botanical Gardens, Open Space acquisitions, and the Albuquerque Convention Visitors Bureau
Authored Legislation to automate Albuquerque’s Traffic and Parking Citations Established a Sister City relationship with Ashkabad, Turkmenistan
Had the abandoned Western Skies Hotel condemned and demolished Amended Auto Emissions Inspection Ordinance to protect consumers by mandating that the price charged be posted outside each station Wrote the Alarm System Registration Ordinance to stem the number of false alarms created a Task Force to study the problem of abandoned and inoperable vehicles and how best to get them removed Worked with APD to set-up Police roadblocks to apprehend motorists operating vehicles without registration, insurance or valid driver licenses.
Was instrumental in helping to bring the Miss USA Pageant to Albuquerque (Feb. 17, 1987)
Co-Sponsored the Clean Indoor Air Act (O-51) with Councilor Richard Chapman.

Bernalillo County Commissioner

Because of Commissioner Wiener’s hard work:
Eubank Boulevard extension/reconstruction is completed (under budget / ahead of schedule)!
Desert Greens Golf Course in Paradise Hills is open and has reduced water bills!
Inmates are now making their own uniforms at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC)!
District 4 Coalition of Neighborhood Associations was established!
Our county government has become more transparent!
Vehicles of repeat drunk drivers are being seized!
A new little league complex has been built in Paradise Hills!
A Hang Gliding Park has been dedicated to former Astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt! (The last man to walk on the moon)
The MDC inmate cleanup crews program was implemented to remove weeds and trash throughout the district.
The last train whistle in the North Valley was silenced so that the residents can have peace and quiet!
The National Dance Institute was established in the Old Highland Theatre and made possible by a 3 to 2 vote with Commissioner Wiener casting the deciding vote.
Animal protection laws have been improved and enforcement has been strengthened!


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