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New Mexico MVD Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in New Mexico?

    You can apply for your learner’s permit in New Mexico at age 15.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    • You must complete an application form signed by a parent or legal guardian
    • Provide proof of enrollment or certificate of completion for an approved driver education course
    • Provide proof of your identity, Social Security number, and current New Mexico residency
    • Pass a vision test
    • Pass a written test (permit test)
  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    The written knowledge test has 25 questions.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 18 questions correctly to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    If you want to receive your Learner’s Permit as quickly as possible, we recommend studying for the test. In particular, we recommend that you take online practice exams that provide real sample questions from the state exam. This has proven to be a very effective way to study. Simply click on the following link to take a New Mexico practice permit test now.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Roughly 50%,of first time test takers fail the test. Please be aware that some states require those who fail to wait at least a day to retake the exam and they may require you to pay a re-examination fee, too. To better your chances of passing the first time, be sure to take multiple practice exams that have been designed to closely follow the actual test.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    There is a $10 permit fee.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) licenses drivers. is responsible for licensing drivers. Visit http://www.mvd.newmexico.gov to find an MVD service provider near you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    You will need to provide proof residency and proof of identification. Then you will need to pass both the written knowledge test and the vision test in order to receive your learner’s permit.

The New Mexico MVD Learner’s Permit — What You Need to Know

Imagine the day when you finally receive your learner’s permit.  You’ll finally be able to get behind the wheel and explore the state on your own terms.  But before the state can issue you a learner’s permit, the New Mexico’s Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) requires that you pass a written drivers knowledge test.  More commonly known as the New Mexico permit test, this test will determine if you understand the rules of road,  traffic and road signs, safe driving practices, and state specific traffic laws.

Boost Your Score With NM MVD Practice Permit Tests

People routinely fail the permit test more often than you think.  In fact, statistics reveal that 70% fail the exam every year.  A failed exam means a return trip to the New Mexico MVD office only to take the test all over again.  Doesn’t sound like fun to us! Thankfully, you have the option to walk into the test, prepared. By taking advantage of the New Mexico permit test study resources on this site, you’ll develop the confidence and knowledge you need when it’s time to take your test.  Our sample New Mexico practice permit test is designed to give you an inside look into the feel and format of the real exam.   You’ll also find a copy of the official New Mexico Drivers Handbook which is packed with essential information on the rules of the road and various traffic laws.  Interested in getting your motorcycle permit?  We have resources here to help you pass that test too.

So why put it off any longer?  The open road is calling.  Get started now!