New Mexico MVD Practice Tests

Who said getting your New Mexico driver’s license is hard? It doesn't have to be with practice tests like the New Mexico permit practice test and the New Mexico driver’s license renewal test. These practice tests make the written exam easier.

Your New Mexico MVD Practice Tests

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Your New Mexico MVD Handbooks

Before you take a practice test make sure you've reviewed the New Mexico drivers handbook. You will be tested on this content! Find them online below:

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New Mexico Driver’s License Resources

In New Mexico, you an unlimited number of tries to get your New Mexico driver’s license. However, you don't want to waste a lot of time and end up paying extra fees because you couldn't pass the tests on the firt stry. Use our list of New Mexico driver’s license resources to make the most of your first attempt.

Teen Permit Test

The New Mexico permit practice test is for anyone learning to drive for the first time, whether or not you’re a teenager. Getting the permit is the first step to getting your New Mexico driver’s license if you’ve never held a driver’s license before.

Renewing Driver’s License Test

You only have to take the New Mexico driver’s license renewal test if your New Mexico driver's license has been expired for more than a year. Otherwise, you don't have to take the test.

New to State Driver’s License Test

If you a new New Mexico resident, you are required to take the New Mexico new-to-state driver’s license test, only if your old license has been expired for more than a year. Otherwise, you can get your New Mexico driver's license without taking this test.

State Driving Manual / Handbook

If you could only use one resource to help you get your New Mexico driver’s license, that one resource would be the New Mexico driving manual. This handbook has all the information that could appear on the test, as well as information on what to bring and what to expect. Click the link to download the latest version.

Road Signs Practice Test

In New Mexico, there may not be a separate road sign test, but that doesn't mean you don't want to study them either. Use our New Mexico road signs practice test to make sure you don't get these questions wrong.

New Mexico Driver’s License Blog Posts

We also have our daily driver blog that publishes posts about preparing for the test, safe driving, and current driving laws. Below are a few links we recommend reading so that you are not only prepared to take the driver’s license test, but also prepared to drive with your license in the state:

DUI Fines & Punishments

Driver’s Ed or No Driver’s Ed?

Safe Driving Tips for Driving Test – Unfamiliar Traffic Situations

New Mexico MVD Driving Test Info

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 18 questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

Who has to take the written test? Teens of what ages?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass the written test. Teens can take the test if they are at least 15 and ½ old and have held an instruction permit for at least 6 months. If they’re under 18 years of age, they will also need parental consent. Drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 are required to complete the home study DWI awareness class “None for the Road”.

Are you required to take the written test when renewing, and if so every time you renew or just sometimes? What are the conditions if just sometimes?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license unless it has been expired for more than 1 year.

If you’re new to state are you required to take the written test?

If you hold a valid driver’s license from another state, or a license that has not been expired for more than 1 year, then you are not required to take either part (written or on-road) of the driver’s examination.

Who has to take the behind the wheel / on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you will also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver’s license has been expired for over 5 years and you want to renew it.

New Mexico MVD Motorcycle Permit Test Info

How old must you be to take the written test?

You must be at least 16 years old and have held a driving permit for at least 6 months before you can take the test. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental consent.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 20 questions correctly in order to pass.

What are the permit restrictions for motorcycles?

You cannot drive on highways, drive during hours of darkness, or carry any passengers.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle driving test?

Yes, you are required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test in order to get your motorcycle license.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

All riders under the age of 18 then you are required to complete the Basic Rider Course offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) before you can get a motorcycle license or endorsement.

What is the helmet law is this state?

Any operator or passenger of a motorcycle who is under 18 is required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle.

New Mexico Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Is there such a test in the state?

Yes; boaters in New Mexico are required to have a vessel operator certification card and must complete a boating safety class approved by the New Mexico State Parks (NMSP) and NASBLA. Additionally, boaters also have the option of taking an online safety course offered by sites such as Boat-Ed.com or BoatUS.org.

Who has to take the test?

All boaters born after January 1, 1989 who are of legal age must complete a certified boating safety course in order to operate a motorboat or personal watercraft on New Mexico waterways.

How many questions are on the test?

New Mexico boating safety courses are administered by a variety of different organizations including New Mexico State Parks, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and some military facilities, and testing requirements may vary for each one. You can find a list of all approved safety courses on the NMSP website, which you may use to contact the instructor of a course near you for more specific information regarding testing requirements.

The online safety courses generally have 60 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 70% (42 questions) correctly on the online test in order to pass.