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Free New Mexico MVD Permit Practice Test (NM)

  • Perfect for learner’s permit, driver’s license, and Senior Refresher Test
  • Based on official New Mexico 2024 Driver's manual
  • Updated for July 2024
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6 min to complete
Available in EN, ES, RU

This New Mexico MVD practice test has just been updated for July 2024 and covers 40 of the most essential road signs and rules questions directly from the official 2024 NM Driver Handbook. You must correctly answer 18 of 25 multiple-choice questions on the New Mexico written driver’s knowledge test. You may apply for your learner’s permit once you are 15, but you’ll need to enroll in a driver education course if you’re under 18 or a “None for the Road” DWI class for those between 18 and 24. In addition to the driver education classes, you’ll need to pass an eye exam, provide proof of identity and social security number, two proofs of residency, parental consent for minors, and $10 fee, in order to receive an instructional permit. For those under 18, you’ll be required to participate in the graduated licensing program, and will have to hold an instructional permit for six months before you may take a road test and apply for a provisional license, which will require an additional $18 fee and must be held for 12 months before graduating to a full license, which requires a final $18-34 fee. This MVD practice test will help you study for your written test, as it contains very similar questions to the official written test.


New Mexico Learner’s Permit Test FAQs in 2024

How many questions are on the permit test?

The New Mexico permit test consists of 25 questions. To pass, you must correctly answer at least 18 questions, which is a passing score of 72%.

What are the steps to obtain a learner’s permit?

To obtain a learner’s permit in New Mexico, you must be at least 15 years old, enroll in a state-approved driver education program, complete a None for the Road DWI awareness program (if you’re 18 or older), pass a vision test, and pass a written knowledge test.

Can I take the permit test online?

In New Mexico, the permit test must typically be taken in person at a Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office. Online testing options are currently not available.

Is driver’s education required?

Yes, in New Mexico, driver’s education is required if you are under 18. It includes classroom instruction, behind-the-wheel training, and an introduction to highway safety and DWI awareness.

At what age can you legally drive?

In New Mexico, you can start driving with a learner’s permit at the age of 15, provided you meet all the necessary requirements and are accompanied by a licensed adult driver.


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List of questions (classic view)

  1. Which of the following statements about the right-of-way is FALSE?
  2. When you see a reflective triangular orange sign on the rear of a vehicle ahead of you, you should
  3. A dashed white line between lanes of traffic means that you may
  4. This sign is posted
  5. On multilane roads, the _________ lane is intended to be used for passing slower vehicles.
  6. In New Mexico, what is the speed limit in business or residential areas except where otherwise posted?
  7. At an intersection where there are no stop signs, yield signs, or traffic signals, drivers must yield to
  8. What does this sign mean?
  9. When you drive around a traffic circle or rotary, you must drive
  10. You have parked facing downhill. Which way should you point your front wheels?
  11. When you drive in city traffic, you should try to look at least
  12. What does this sign mean?
  13. Your _________ keeps your head and chest from striking the dashboard or windshield in a collision.
  14. In New Mexico, you may legally park in which of the following locations?
  15. When turning a corner, you should turn the steering wheel by using the
  16. This sign warns of
  17. To avoid last-minute braking or sudden turns, you should look __________ ahead of your vehicle.
  18. What does a red painted curb indicate?
  19. You should start to signal at least _________ before you change lanes, turn right or left, merge into traffic, or park.
  20. What must you do at a flashing yellow traffic signal?
  21. A steady red arrow means
  22. _________ are areas around trucks or other large vehicles in which other vehicles may disappear into blind spots.
  23. When driving on gravel or dirt, you must slow down because
  24. This sign indicates that you are allowed to
  25. Hydroplaning can occur when it is raining or the road is wet and your speed is
  26. When you exit a high-speed, two-lane roadway, _________ if you have traffic following you.
  27. If you cannot see 400 feet ahead, you may not be driving safely at
  28. What does this sign mean?
  29. At night, if you're in heavy traffic or following another vehicle within 200 feet, you must use
  30. If it feels like your tires have lost traction with the surface of the road, you should
  31. In New Mexico, which of the following statements about using a cell phone while driving is TRUE?
  32. What does this sign mean?
  33. At night, you should use the __________ to make sure that you are not “over-driving” your headlights.
  34. Tailgating is the practice of
  35. If you're driving at 55 mph, you should not use the opposing lane to pass if you are within _________ of a hill or curve.
  36. This posted sign indicates
  37. Under New Mexico law, a driver of any age can be arrested for driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of
  38. The third and final level of the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) System is
  39. If a tire suddenly goes flat, you should _________ and keep your vehicle going straight until it stops.
  40. What does this sign mean?