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New Mexico Practice Permit Test

Planning on driving through the Land of Enchantment? You’ll need to pass your New Mexico driving test first.

To help you study for your New Mexico driver’s license test, we designed our practice tests to emulate the real thing. Every questions comes with a full explanation of every answer, so you’ll always come away with a full understanding of the material. We even include an assessment specifically for New Mexico road signs.

By studying hard and preparing early, you can pass your driving test on the first try. Start by answering the questions below, and be on your way to earning your license

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New Mexico Permit Practice Tests

Use one of our free New Mexico MVD practice tests linked below. You will find answer explanations at the end of each exam. Make sure to use those explanations to help you learn important concepts.

New Mexico Road Signs

If you are more concerned about road signs, you can take our New Mexico road signs practice test. The exam includes signs you may see on your actual exam.

About the New Mexico Permit Test

The New Mexico permit driving test is made up of 25 total questions. Of those 25 questions, individuals will need to answer 18 of those questions correctly to pass the exam. This comes out to a minimum passing score of 72%.

Individuals must be at least 15 years of age to take the New Mexico permit test. You can expect to follow these steps before and after taking the New Mexico permit test:

  1. Enroll in drivers education
  2. Visit office in person
  3. Provide proper documentation
  4. Provide certificate of completion
  5. Fill out application form
  6. Pass vision test
  7. Pass knowledge test
  8. Pay fee ($10)
  9. Get your permit

Documentation Required

When applying for your permit at the New Mexico MVD, you will need to provide proof of your name, age, and address. Typical documents you can use include:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Social Security Card
  • 1099 Form, W2 Statement or Paystub
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship

Please be sure to check the Official New Mexico MVD Site for complete details.

In addition, you will typically need to have a parent or guardian present if you are under the age of 18.

After you receive your learners permit, you will need to complete some general requirements to get your full driver’s license. In the state of New Mexico, you will need to complete 30 hours of drivers ed classroom hours and at least 50 hours of supervised driving hours.

New Mexico Driving Test FAQs

There are a total of 25 questions on the New Mexico permit test.

For the NM written test, you must answer at least 72% of the questions correctly, which comes out to a total of 18 questions

You may apply for a permit in New Mexico when you are at least 15 years old.

You can get your license in New Mexico when you have waited at least 6 months after you received your permit.

You can get your license in New Mexico when you have had the following supervised driving time: 50 hours, 10 of which must be at night.

The minimum age for a driver’s license in New Mexico is: 15.5.

In New Mexico you will have the following restrictions on your driver’s license –

Nighttime Restrictions: midnight – 5 a.m.

Passenger Restrictions: no more than 1 passenger younger than 21.

The Nighttime restrictions will be in place until you reach the age of: 12 months of license or 18.

The Passenger Restrictions will be in place until you reach the age of: 12 months of license or 18.

In New Mexico, permit applicants younger than 18 must be enrolled in driver education. In New Mexico, license applicants younger than 18 must have completed driver education.

Gianni Evangelisti
Gianni has been working in the test prep industry for 6+ years. Gianni has created test prep materials across multiple different exam categories.