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When can I get my driver’s license?

To obtain a New Mexico driver’s license, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Provisional License
• You must be at least 15 years and 6 months old.
• You must have held an Instruction Permit for at least six months.
• You must be able to pass the knowledge, vision and road tests.
• You must have completed at least 50 hours of practice driving, with 10 hours done at night. Your parent or legal guardian must certify that you have completed the practice driving.
• You must not have been convicted of a traffic violation within 90 days prior to applying for a driver license.

Unrestricted Driver License
• You must be at least 16 years and 6 months old.
• You must have held a Provisional License for the twelve-month period immediately preceding the application date.
• You must not have been convicted of a traffic violation within 90 days prior to applying for a driver license.
• You must not have been found guilty or have an offense pending involving the use of alcohol or drugs during the provisional period.
• You must pay the fee of $18 for a four-year license or $34 for an eight-year license.

If you are moving to New Mexico from another state and already have a license, you will have to pay $15 for a DWI records check.

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