NM Practice Tests
Our permit practice tests in learning mode have 25 random questions based on the handbook and real NM MVD tests. After each question, you have access to instant feedback with detailed explanations.
How should you study? Well, your first step is to get the latest version of the New Mexico Driver’s Manual. When you’ve studied the handbook, you can use these practice tests to check your progress and level of readiness.
The passing score in New Mexico is 72 percent, which means you should be able to answer at least 18 questions correctly. It is a good idea to aim a little higher on a practice test. Take enough tests to make sure you can reach a score of 92 percent with ease.
Who Must Take the Knowledge Exam?
All persons applying for a first-time New Mexico driver license, or those with licenses expired for one year or more, must pass the required knowledge test.
All applicants with out-of-country drivers’ licenses are required to take the written test.
Anyone who had the driver’s license suspended or revoked for a year or more must retake the written knowledge test. This includes a revocation due to a DWI conviction, unless the driving privilege has been maintained during the revocation period with an Ignition Interlock License.
The knowledge is not required if you have a valid out-of-state driver license. Out-of-state licenses include District of Columbia and all U.S. territories.
How Many Questions are there on the New Mexico Written Test?
The official New Mexico written test has 40 questions and you must correctly answer 28 questions (70%).
Tests are based on the information in 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 to ensure you have sufficient time to complete the test.
If you fail your New Mexico knowledge exam three times, you must wait six months (from the date of the original application) before you can take a new test.