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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.

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New Mexico MVD Practice Tests

New Mexico Driver's License Practice Test

New Mexico Driver's License Practice Test

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New Mexico Driver's License Practice Test 5

New Mexico Driver's License Practice Test 5

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New Mexico Road Signs and Traffic Signals Test

New Mexico Road Signs and Traffic Signals Test

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New Mexico Road Signs and Traffic Signals Test

New Mexico MVD Handbooks

New Mexico CDL Handbook

New Mexico CDL Handbook

New Mexico CDL Handbook
New Mexico Driver's License Handbook

New Mexico Driver's License Handbook

New Mexico Driver's License Handbook
New Mexico Motorcycle Handbook

New Mexico Motorcycle Handbook

New Mexico Motorcycle Handbook

New Mexico MVD Frequently Asked Questions

Table of Contents

  • After You Have Passed The NM Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Applying For Your New Mexico Driver's License
  • Preparing For Your NM Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Preparing For Your NM Permit Test
  • Renewing Your NM Driver's License
  • Taking Your NM Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your NM Permit Test
  • What If You're Moving To NM Or Just Visiting
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers in NM?

New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident so insurance companies often charge more to cover this potentially risk.

How much does NM car insurance cost?

The price varies depending on your age, your driving history, your car class and other factors.

What documents do I need to apply for NM car insurance?

The documents that you will need vary depending on the insurance company to which you apply. Generally, insurance companies want you to submit proof of your identity, your driving record and information about the vehicle you would like to insure.

Do I need to get car insurance?

Yes. You must carry liability insurance able to cover $25,000 per person and $10,000 property damages.

What happens after I pass my NM Driving Exam?

After you pass your NM Driving Exam, you will receive your license in the mail.

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.

New Mexico Driver’s License Resources

Whether you’re getting ready to take your learner’s permit written test for the first time, studying to get a motorcycle endorsement so you can ride your new bike, or preparing for your CDL exam to drive a commercial vehicle, we’ve gathered a wealth of resources and knowledge to help you obtain your driving credentials.

All Drivers

If you’re renewing a license that has been expired for longer than a year, or if you’re applying for reinstatement after a suspension, you may have to retake the written exam in order to obtain your license.

Free Practice Tests

Driver's License practice tests
Learner's Permit practice tests
Motorcycle Endorsement practice tests
CDL practice tests
Road Signs and Signals practice tests

Resources for all drivers

Read the official New Mexico driver’s manual
Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license renewal test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Read our driving safety articles

New Mexico MVD quick links for all drivers

New Mexico MVD home page
Renewal information
Renew online
Identification requirements

New & Teen Drivers

If you are over 25 years old, you must pass a vision screening, knowledge exam, and road test in order to obtain a New Mexico driver license. If you are at least 18 years of age and less than 25 years of age, you must also complete the None for the Road self-study DWI awareness class administered by the New Mexico Continuing Education Center. If you are less than 18 years of age, you are subject to the graduate driver licensing process, which begins with the instructional permit. If you are under 18 years of age and at least 15 years of age, you may apply for an instructional permit after providing a referral card from a TSB-approved driver education school, passing a vision screening, and passing a knowledge exam. In order to obtain a provisional license, you must be at least 15 and a half years of age, hold the instructional permit for at least six months, complete driver education, complete 50 hours of supervised driving, and pass a road test. After holding a provisional license for at least twelve months, you may apply for a full-unrestricted driver license.

Resources for new & teen drivers

Read the official New Mexico driver’s manual
Take one of our free learner’s permit practice tests
Check out our new & teen driver frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a learner’s permit test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

New Mexico MVD quick links for new & teen drivers

Driver license information
Learner permit information
Approved driver education schools

New-to-State Drivers

If you are moving to New Mexico, you are required to exchange your valid, unexpired out-of-state driver license for a New Mexico license within 45 days of establishing residency in New Mexico. If your out-of-state license is expired or suspended, you may be required to take the knowledge exam and road test in order to obtain your New Mexico license.

Resources for new-to-state drivers

Read the official New Mexico driver’s manual
Take one of our free driver’s license practice tests
Check out our new-to-state frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a new-to-state driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

New Mexico MVD quick links for new-to-state drivers

New resident information

Motorcycles

In order to apply for a motorcycle license or endorsement, you must be at least 13 years of age. If you are at least 13 but less than 15 years of age, you may apply for a motorcycle license after completion of a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) offered by the New Mexico Motorcycle Safety Program. If you are at least 15 but less than 18 years of age, you may apply for a motorcycle license or add a motorcycle endorsement to your instructional permit, provisional license, or full-unrestricted license after completion of an MSF BRC. If you are 18 years of age or older, you can apply for a motorcycle license or endorsement after passing a road test or completing a MSF BRC.

Resources for motorcyclists

Read the official New Mexico motorcycle manual
Take one of our free motorcycle license practice tests
Check out our motorcycle license frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a motorcycle license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
New-to-state motorcycle insurance

New Mexico MVD quick links for motorcycles

Motorcycle license and endorsement information

CDL

In order to apply for a New Mexico CDL, you must have a valid New Mexico driver license, pass a written test, hold a CDL learner’s permit for at least 14 days, and pass a road test.

Resources for CDL

Read the official New Mexico CDL manual
Take one of our free CDL practice tests
Buy a CDL test paid cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy CDL insurance

New Mexico MVD quick links for CDL

CDL information