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Practice Driving in New Mexico

You must obtain a NM instructional permit to legally practice driving on New Mexico roads and highways. If you are younger than 18 years old you must hold your permit for 6 months. If you are 18 years old or older, you can directly apply for a drivers license when you feel prepared to pass the eye, written and road tests.

A) Know Your Instructional Permit Restrictions

Anytime you get behind the wheel to practice driving, you must:

  • Be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and has been licensed for at least 3 years
  • Maintain a clean driving record for 90 days before applying for a provisional license (Stage 2)
  • Avoid drinking and driving; a blood alcohol concentration as low as .02% could result in a revocation of your driving privileges for 6 months if you are younger than 21 years old

If you haven’t already completed drivers ed, you must do so before taking your road test.

B) Get on the Road

During Stage 1, NM teens younger than 18 years old must also clock 50 hours of supervised driving practice. This includes 10 hours of nighttime driving.

Keep track of your practice dates and times using the MVD’s GDL driving log. Your parent or guardian must sign this log before you submit it to the state when applying for your provisional license.

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