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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. What does this sign mean?

Low clearance / Low bridge.

The overpass has a low clearance. Do not proceed if your vehicle is too tall to pass under.


#2. 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


#3. When you enter city traffic from a full stop (pulling away from the curb), you should:

When you enter traffic, you need enough space to first turn and then to get up to speed.


#4. In which situation are you allowed to overtake a school bus?

You may overtake a school bus if it is in motion and no red lights are flashing.


#5. Rear-end collisions are usually caused by:

Rear-end crashes are very common. They are caused from drivers following too closely to be able to stop before hitting the vehicle ahead when it suddenly stops.


#6. Traffic signs with orange background show:

Work area signs are construction, maintenance, or emergency operations signs. They are generally diamond or rectangular shaped, orange with black letters or symbols and warn you that people are working on or near the roadway. These warnings include reduced speed, detours, slow moving construction equipment and poor or suddenly changing road surfaces.


#7. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane attempting to cross the street, you must:

Pedestrians using a guide dog or carrying a white cane should always be given the right-of-way. Stop, and do not use your horn as it could confuse or frighten a blind pedestrian.


#8. 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.


#9. 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.


#10. When you approach a traffic signal with a flashing yellow light, you must:

A flashing yellow traffic light means slow down and proceed with caution.


#11. You can reduce the risk of hitting a deer or other type animal on the road, if you are especially alert:

Use caution when driving at dawn and dusk. This is when animals are most active. Deer/vehicle crashes occur most frequently from October to December.


#12. 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.


#13. When you are fatigued, you:

When you are tired, you cannot drive as safely as when you are rested. You do not see as well, and you are not as alert as when you are rested. It takes you more time to make decisions and you do not always make good decisions. You can be more irritable and can get upset more easily.

Stop and rest. Never drive if you are sleepy.


#14. This white sign means you must not pass:

Do not pass. This sign marks the beginning of a no passing zone.

Passing signs tell you where it is safe to pass another vehicle and where you cannot. Passing areas are based on how far you can see ahead. Where it is permitted to pass, you may do so only if it is safe.


#15. Parking your car in front of a driveway is:

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.


#16. If it feels like your tires have lost traction with the surface of the road you should:

If you are driving at an excessive speed or going downhill, slippery conditions can cause the vehicle to lose traction and begin to skid or to hydroplane.

If it feels like your tires have lost traction with the surface of the road you should ease your foot off the gas pedal. Keep the steering wheel straight. Only try to turn if it is an emergency. If you must turn, do it slowly, or you will cause your vehicle to skid. Do not try to stop or turn until your tires are gripping the road again.


#17. The driver ahead signals:

Slowing or stop – left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear.


#18. When must you use 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.


#19. Road marking with a white diamond usually means:

On various roadways, one or more lanes may be reserved for special vehicles. Reserved lanes are marked by signs stating that the lane is reserved for special use and often have a white diamond posted at the side of the road or painted on the road surface.


#20. A two-way special left turn lane in the center of the road should be used for:

Shared center lanes are reserved for making left turns by vehicles traveling in both directions. On the pavement, left-turn arrows for traffic in one direction alternate with left-turn arrows for traffic coming from the other direction.

These lanes are marked on each side by a solid yellow and dashed yellow line.

The lane may also be used for U-turns when they are permitted.

You are not allowed to use a shared center lane as a passing lane.


#21. 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.


#22. A truck driver's blind spots are larger on:

There are several no-zones (blind spots) in which a driver cannot see other vehicles. These areas include rear, front, and both sides.


#23. When driving at night, be sure that you can stop:

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


#24. If you are hit from the rear your body will be thrown:

If your vehicle is hit from the rear, your body will be thrown backwards. Press yourself against the back of your seat and put your head against the head restraint. Be ready to apply your brakes so that you will not be pushed into another vehicle.


#25. If you strike an unattended vehicle, are unable to find the owner, you must:

Should you strike a parked vehicle, you must try and locate the owner. If you cannot, leave a note in a place where it can be seen with information on how the owner can reach you and the date and time of the accident.

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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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