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Frequently Asked Questions - Applying For Your New Mexico Driver's License

Yes. You do have to complete a vision test in order to get your NM license.
You must take your NM Driver's license photo at the MVD office. When you take your photo, you should make sure that you wear what you would wear normally. It's extremely important that your face is clearly shown and recognizable. Look straight at the camera and do not smile, as a resting face is easier to identify.
Absolutely. You can visit your local MVD office in person or by calling. You can find available locations, hours and numbers near you by visiting this website:
In NM, the minimum age requirement is 15 years old.
When you apply for your NM Learner's Permit, you will need to bring proof of your identity, proof of your Social Security Number and two documents that prove your residency in New Mexico. If you are under 18, eventually during the licensing process, you will need to submit proof that you have completed (or are enrolled) in a state-approved Driver's Education course. If you are between the ages of 18 and 24, you will need to complete a "None For The Road" DWI class.
To apply for your NM Learner's Permit, you should visit a local MVD field office or a MVD "contracted" Driver's Ed. School. You can find a list of available MVD field offices near you by visiting this website: