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This New Mexico MVD Sample Test
  Questions on each practice test: 25
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Randomized multiple-choice



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#1. Bicyclists must ride:

Bicycles are required to travel in the same direction as traffic, making left and right turns in the same way cars do.


#2. When is it necessary to turn on your headlights?

Headlights are required to be on one half-hour after sunset to one half-hour before sunrise, and when visibility is less than 500 feet.

Remember, if you turn on your wipers due to weather, you should turn on your headlights.


#3. What can you do to help prevent injured persons from going into shock at the scene of an accident?

To prevent an injured person from going into shock, cover the individual with a blanket or warm clothing such as a coat or jacket.


#4. To reduce your risk of hitting a wild animal you should be extra alert:

Be especially watchful for wildlife at dawn, dusk, and in the first few hours after darkness falls. Many animals are most active at these times.


#5. How do you check your blind spots while driving?

Turn your head briefly. Mirrors should be adjusted before you start driving and will always have blind spots. These blind spots can hide a motorcyclist or a bicyclist. Do not drive in another driver’s blind spot.


#6. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

Take breaks. Stop every hour or so or when you need to. Walk around, get some fresh air, and have some coffee, soda, or juice. The few minutes spent on a rest break can save your life.


#7. To convert an instructional permit to a provisional license you must be at least 15 years and 6 months and:

You must retain the permit for six months.


#8. What should you do when following a motorcycle on gravel roads?

You may need a four second following distance when following motorcycles. This is especially true on wet or icy roads, on metal surfaces, and on gravel. Motorcyclists can fall more easily on these surfaces.


#9. As a motorist, what should you do in the presence of sharrows?

Sharrows indicate that bicyclists are encouraged to take the whole travel lane and that motorists shall yield to the bicyclist as needed.

Pass bicyclists only when the roadway width allows bicyclists to move to the right. Try to give bicyclists at least five feet of clearance when passing.


#10. What does this sign mean?

This is a yield sign.

It means you must slow down and yield the right-of-way to traffic in the intersection you are crossing or roadway you are entering.


#11. What is the first thing you should do if your gas pedal sticks?

If the motor does not slow down, or speeds up when you take your foot off the accelerator:

  • Keep your eyes on the road.
  • Quickly shift to neutral.
  • Pull off the road when safe to do so.
  • Turn off the engine.

#12. Which lane should you use for a left turn?

A green arrow means you can use the lane beneath it.

A red X means you may not.

A flashing yellow X means the lane is only for turning.

A steady yellow X means that the use of the lane is changing, and you should move out of it as soon as it is safe to do so.


#13. You approach this road sign. What should you do?

Pedestrian Crossing. Yield to pedestrians walking in the crosswalk. Slow Down.


#14. When approaching an intersection where the traffic light changes from green to yellow, you should:

A steady yellow light means caution. It tells you the light is about to change to red. You must stop if it is safe to do so. If you are in the intersection when the yellow light comes on, do not stop but continue through the intersection.


#15. Lanes marked on both sides by double-broken yellow lines are known as:

Reversible lanes.

Some travel lanes are designed to carry traffic in one direction at certain times and in the opposite direction at other times. These lanes are usually marked by double-dashed yellow lines.


#16. Adult passengers in a car must always wear safety belts:

In the State of New Mexico, it is illegal to drive without wearing safety belts.

Before you drive, always fasten your safety belts, and make sure all your passengers are using safety belts or child restraints


#17. When a school bus with flashing red lights is stopped on the other side of a four-lane roadway with a median separation, you should:

You are not required to stop if the bus is traveling towards you and the roadway is separated by a median or other physical barrier.


#18. This sign tells you:

Regulatory speed limit sign. This sign indicate the minimum safe speed required.

Some high-speed roads have minimum speed limits, and you are required to travel at least this fast so as not to be a hazard to other drivers. If the minimum posted speed is too fast for you, you should use another road.


#19. When driving at night, which of the following is a requirement?

Never overdrive your headlights. Keep your speed low enough to be able to stop within the distance you can see ahead.


#20. The alcohol concentration in your blood will be reduced only by:

There is no way to sober up quickly. Things like coffee, fresh air, exercise, or cold showers will not help. Sleep will not help either, except to pass the time.

Time is the only thing that will sober you up.

This is a very common question on DMV tests.


#21. Which of the following must you obey over the other two?

Traffic control can be provided by law enforcement, highway personnel or school crossing guards. You must obey directions from these people.


#22. When can you legally park your car in front of a private driveway?

Parking is not allowed in front of a driveway, alley, private road, or area of the curb removed or lowered for access to the sidewalk.


#23. What should you do when you approach a railroad crossing and see a vehicle with this sign ahead?

School buses, taxis, and other vehicles for hire that carry passengers and trucks that transport explosives, gasoline or other dangerous materials must stop at least 15 feet from a railroad crossing before proceeding. Further, a school bus driver must open the doors of the school bus before crossing.

Remember, if you are following this type of vehicle you should slow down and be prepared to stop. Do not pass another vehicle at a railroad crossing.


#24. A driver is turning at an intersection and a pedestrian is preparing to cross. Who must yield?

You must yield to pedestrians in or about to enter a crosswalk. Always yield to pedestrians before making a turn.


#25. The driver ahead signals:

Left turn – left arm extended horizontally out of open window.

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Facts about Your New Mexico MVD Knowledge Test

New Mexico Written Knowledge Test for a Permit or Driver License
  Number of questions on exam: 50 questions
  Passing score: 70 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 35
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 2nd test same day, but no more than 2 tests in same week

The New Mexico Practice Test

This NM practice test for a driver license or learner’s permit has 25 random multiple-choice questions from a large database (the real exam has 50 questions).

After each question, the instant feedback will tell you if your answer was correct or not. When you miss a question, there is also a short explanation that can help you understand the correct answer. Your final score is shown at the end of the test.

The test is a learning tool and is not inclusive of all questions that can appear on your official MVD exam. But with the large database, the test will cover all important items on the test and will match contents of the New Mexico Driver Manual.

Before you start practicing, you should get the latest version of the New Mexico Driver Manual. You can get it from your driver education course provider, a local MVD office, or download it online from

NM MVD doesn’t update the manual very often, but you should still make sure you have the latest version.

With a passing score of a mere 70% on the real exam, it is probably tempting to stop practicing when you reach the passing score. We recommend that you aim higher than 70% on the practice test. The failure rate on the knowledge test in New Mexico is still high.

You can take this random practice test over and over again, there is no limit. Take as many tests as you need to feel confident with all questions and answers.

The article about risky study tactics can help you avoid some less successful study habits.

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Who Must Take the Knowledge Exam?

  New drivers.

All persons applying for a first-time New Mexico driver license must pass the knowledge test.

  Drivers with a license expired 5 years or more.

If you let a New Mexico or out-of-state Driver License expire for 5 years or more, you must apply for a new license and take all tests again.

  Drivers with a foreign license.

All applicants that hold a license from a country other than United States and Canada, must pass the written knowledge test and a road skills test before MVD issues a New Mexico Driver License.

  Drivers with a revoked license.

If you had your driver’s license revoked or suspended for more than 5 years, you must take the written knowledge test again. This includes a revocation due to a DWI conviction unless the driving privilege was maintained during the revocation period with an Ignition Interlock License. If a license revocation due to a DWI conviction is less than one year, MVD will not require a new test.

Who are Exempt from Taking the Knowledge Exam?

MVD will not ask you to take the written test if you move to New Mexico and have a valid out-of-state license or a valid license from Canada. Out-of-state licenses include District of Columbia and all U.S. territories.

The Official New Mexico Written Test

The official New Mexico knowledge test now has 50 questions, and you must correctly answer 35 questions (70%).

Test questions are from the New Mexico Driver Manual and administered on computer-based kiosk machines. You have two hours to complete your test. Note: you are typically not allowed to start the test after 3pm. This is to make sure you have enough time to complete the test.

The test is available in the following languages:



You can take the test at a MVD location or as part of your driver education course.

Some driver education schools are licensed and contracted with MVD to also issue learner permits.

If you visit a MVD office for your permit or license, you should know that visits currently are by appointments only: schedule an appointment here

The knowledge test is a closed book test, and you cannot bring your manual, any notes, or use electronic devise during the exam.

What Happens if You Fail the First Time?

Should you fail the test, you can re-take it the same day, but not more than twice during the same week. Which means you can take it twice on a Friday and the again on a Monday.

But if you fail your New Mexico knowledge exam three times, you must wait six months (from the date of the first test attempt) before you can take a new test.

What Happens after You have Passed the Test?

If you are at least 15 years and under 18 years, you must participate in a 3-step Graduated Driver License (GDL) program until you meet the requirements for an unrestricted license. A driver education course approved by the Traffic Safety Bureau is mandatory if you are under 18 years. Such a course includes DWI education and practice driving. When you apply for a license, you must also have a consent form signed by your parent or guardian.

After passing the vision screening and the knowledge test, MVD will issue your first learner’s permit, also known as an instructional permit.

A permit allows you to practice driving while supervised by another driver who is at least 21 years and licensed to drive that type of vehicle. The supervising driver must always sit in a front seat beside you when you drive.

You must hold your instructional permit for at least six months.

Step 2: Provisional License

The minimum age to receive a provisional license is 15 years and 6 months if you have held an instructional permit for 6 months.

MVD will check that you have must completed at least 50 hours of driving, of which 10 hours must be nighttime driving.

You cannot have been convicted of a traffic violation in the 90 days prior to applying for a provisional license.

With a provisional license you can drive without a supervising driver, but not at night. With a few exceptions, there is a night curfew between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m.

Step 3: Unrestricted License

To be eligible for the full and unrestricted license under the GDL program, you must:

  • Have held a provisional license a 12-month period immediately before applying.
  • Not have been convicted of a traffic violation 90 days immediately before applying.
  • Have no traffic violations pending.
  • Not have been adjudicated guilty or have an offense pending involving the use of alcohol or drugs during the provisional period.

If You are 18 Years or Older

If you are 18 years, you are not included in the GDL program. After receiving a permit, you can schedule the road skills test. There is no specific wait time.

A permit is not necessary if you hold a valid license from another country.

All applicants between 18 years and 24 years must, however, enroll and complete a DWl Awareness Program before MVD issues a license.

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