This Step: Get a Learner Permit
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. If you are 18 or older, you can apply directly for a NM driver’s license and take the eye exam, written and road tests.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
When applying for an instructional permit, you must pass a written test at a New Mexico MVD 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 NM 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 actual Motor Vehicle Division learner’s permit test.
B) Gather Required Documents and Permit Fees
Make sure you have the following in check for your visit to the New Mexico MVD field office to take your eye and written tests.
- Proof you have completed or enrolled in a state-approved driver education program (if you are younger than 18); if you can provide a Certificate of Completion from a state-approved school that includes the three-hour DWI component, the state will waive your written test.
- One proof of identification number
- One proof of identity
- Two proofs of New Mexico residency
- Instructional permit application fee
You must show your date of birth with at least one of the proof of 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.