Drivers Permits in New Mexico
Excited about obtaining your instruction permit? Well, just take a deep breath, and we'll walk you through the process.
As you're probably aware, 15 is the magic age to begin the journey. Once you've hit that milestone, you can enroll in a state-approved driver education course. The course will include an informative look at driving safety issues, as well as driving practice. Feel free to take the class through your high school.
Regardless of where you take the class, you'll need to at least be enrolled in a driver education course before you can apply for the permit.
Once you've satisfied these requirements, you'll need to pass a written and a vision test at a Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) field office.
The written test is based on information contained in the New Mexico driver's handbook. DMV.org provides practice tests to help prepare you. Of course, you'll also be covering this information in your driver education class.
While you don't need an appointment to take the tests, it's recommended that you have one. Call a MVD office at least 48 hours in advance of the desired date to secure the appointment.
The tests are free to take.
All permit applicants must bring their birth certificate, Social Security card, and proof of class enrollment to the MVD office. If you're under 18, be sure to have your parent or legal guardian sign a consent form.
If you pass the tests and everything else checks out, you'll be the proud owner of an instructional permit. After paying the $10 fee, of course. The permit is valid for six months.
With the permit, you may drive with a licensed driver who is at least 21 sitting in the passenger seat, providing this person has held a valid driver's license for at least three years.
You must have your permit for six months before moving on to the next hurdle: getting your provisional license. We show you how to do this in our Drivers Training section.
Should you misplace your permit, you may replace it at a MVD office for $10. Be sure to bring the same documents you used when applying for the permit.
If your permit expires, you may renew it for $10 at a MVD office, providing it's been less than one year since you completed the driver education course. Be sure to bring the completion certificate with you.
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