New Mexico MVD Driver’s License Practice Test

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Each test contains questions based on information in the official driver's handbook.

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Pass the written test for your New Mexico driver’s license the first time! Use this free practice test to help you prepare.

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NM MVD Sample Test Questions

Use these sample questions in addition to the New Mexico MVD practice test above to study for your driver’s license written exam. These questions are based on information you can find in your official driver’s handbook. 

1. If an approaching driver refuses to switch his high beams to low, you should_____.

  1. Honk your horn.
  2. Flash your high beam headlights back at them.
  3. Look towards the right side of the road.
  4. Look towards the left side of the road.

2. Determine a safe speed to travel based on:

  1. Traffic levels.
  2. The posted speed limit.
  3. All present conditions.
  4. Weather conditions.

3. A broken white line between lanes on the roadway means:

  1. The lanes are moving in the same direction.
  2. The lanes are moving in opposite directions.
  3. The lines cannot be crossed.
  4. You are in a carpool lane.

4. If weather conditions require you to use your windshield wipers, you must also:

  1. Turn on your window defroster.
  2. Turn off your headlights.
  3. Turn on your headlights.
  4. Reduce your speed by half.

5. Do not park more than _ away from the curb.

  1. 9 inches.
  2. 18 inches.
  3. 24 inches.
  4. 36 inches.

Please refer to the section below to find the answers to the sample questions above. 

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NM MVD Written Test Answers

Check your answers below to see how you did. Click through to find an explanation for each topic. Remember to read through your driver’s handbook to gain an understanding of each topic that may show up on the official exam. 

1. If an approaching driver refuses to switch his high beams to low, you should_____. C. Look towards the right side of the road.

2. Determine a safe speed to travel based on: C. All present conditions.

3. A broken white line between lanes on the roadway means: A. The lanes are moving in the same direction.

4. If weather conditions require you to use your windshield wipers, you must also: C. Turn on your headlights.

5. Do not park more than _ away from the curb. B. 18 inches.

Continue studying for your New Mexico knowledge test with more free DMV practice tests and explanations in our DMV written test question and answers section. 

New Mexico Driver Handbook

Here’s what you’ll find in the New Mexico Driver’s Manual:

  • Road rules.
  • Safe driving tips.
  • Communicating with other drivers.
  • Sharing the road.
  • Being fit to drive.

New Mexico MVD Written Test Requirements

The New Mexico written test contains 25 multiple-choice questions based on information about traffic rules, laws and driving safety contained in the NM MVD driver’s manual.

You will need a 72% score (18 correct questions) to pass the written test to get your instruction permit or driver’s license, depending on your age.

After Passing the Written Exam

If you are under 18, passing the written test will allow you to receive your driver’s permit. With your permit you can practice driving with a licensed adult so you can prepare for the road test.

After having the permit for at least 6 months, passing the required driver education and training courses, and completing at least 50 hours of supervised driving you can take your driving test and receive a provisional license.

If you are over 18 and apply for your first driver’s license, you can take your road test after completing a “None for the road” course.

New Mexico Driver’s License & Testing FAQs

Check out the FAQs below to find answers to common questions about getting your driver’s license and taking your written test.

What is the minimum age to obtain a learner permit in New Mexico?

The minimum age to apply for a New Mexico student permit is 15 years old.

How long do you have to have a learner’s permit for if you are under 18?

If you are under 18, you will have to keep your learner’s permit for at least 6 months before applying for a provisional driver’s license.

If you receive any traffic violation while you have a learning permit, the time required to maintain it will be extended for 30 days for each violation.

What are the supervised driving requirements if you are under 18 in NM?

With a New Mexico beginner’s permit, you will need to complete at least 50 hours of practice with at least 10 hours completed at night.

You should always practice driving with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old and has been licensed for at least 3 years.

How many questions are there on the written driver’s license test in NM?

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

How many correct questions do you need to get to pass the test?

You will need to get 18 correct questions (72%) to pass the written test.

How old must you be to apply for a driver’s license in New Mexico?

You will be eligible for a provisional New Mexico driver’s license when you are at least 15 years old and medium and had a learner’s permit for at least 6 months without traffic violations.

You will be eligible for a full and unrestricted driver’s license when you have had a provisional driver’s license for at least one year or have reached 18 years of age.