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Get a Learner Permit in New Mexico

To legally practice driving, you must obtain a New Mexico instructional permit (Stage 1 of Graduated Driver Licensing), also known as a learner’s permit. You can apply as soon as you turn 15 years old by following the steps below. All new drivers under 18 years old must complete the Graduated Licensing system. If you are between 18 to 24 year olds you must also show proof of a completed "None for the Road " DWI awareness class.

A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests

When applying for an instructional permit, you must pass a written test at a New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division field office. Before you apply, prepare for the exam by taking multiple online practice permit tests. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual New Mexico written permit exam.

In addition to passing some practice tests, thoroughly study the New Mexico MVD Driver Manual until you feel prepared enough to breeze through the real New Mexico learner’s permit test.

B) Gather Required Documents and Permit Fees

Make sure you have the following in check for your visit to the MVD field office to take your eye and written tests.

  • Proof you have completed or enrolled in a state-approved driver education program; provide a Certificate of Completion from a state-approved school that includes 3 hours of the DWI component.
  • 1 document proving your identification number
  • 1 document proving your identity
  • 2 documents proving New Mexico residency
  • Instructional permit application fee

You must show your date of birth on at least 1 document proving identity or identification number documents.

C) Take the New Mexico Permit Test

With the above requirements in hand, go to a nearby New Mexico MVD field office to apply in person and take your eye and written tests. Your parent or legal guardian must be present to complete and sign your instructional permit application with you.

Once you pass both tests, you will receive a New Mexico instructional permit to practice driving for your road test and officially begin Stage 1 of the GDL process.

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