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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. When approaching deer standing near the roadside, you should:

Scan the road as you drive. Watch the edges of the highway for wildlife that are about to cross. Watch for animal crossing signs. These signs warn you that vehicles have hit wildlife in this area before. And if you see animals that have been hit or animals standing beside the road, slow down.


#2. When parking at a railroad crossing, you must keep this following distance from the crossing:

Parking is not allowed within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.


#3. Which lane is marked as unavailable or closed?

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.


#4. This hand signal means:

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


#5. 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.


#6. When you are very tired (fatigued):

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.


#7. When changing lanes, it is important to:

Whenever you want to change lanes, you must check that there are no vehicles in the lane you want to enter. This means you must check for traffic to the side and behind your vehicle before you change lanes. Remember your blind spot.


#8. A Crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing has the same meaning as:

A white X-shaped sign or crossbuck is located at a railroad crossing. This sign has the same meaning as a yield sign.

Remember, you are legally required to yield the right of way to crossing trains. Never try to beat a train across the tracks.


#9. 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.


#10. Which is the background color on a warning sign like this?

Yellow is used for general warning and advisory of what to expect ahead.


#11. You should not use your horn:

Use your horn whenever it will help prevent an accident. Do not use your horn when you want someone to change lane.

This question asked when you should not use your horn.


#12. With a learner's license you may drive alone:

A permit allows you to operate a motor vehicle when supervised by another driver who is at least 21 years of age and who is licensed to drive that type of vehicle.


#13. 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.


#14. This is an example of:

Traffic signal ahead is an example of a warning sign.


#15. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit in business or residential areas?

Speed limit is 30 mph in business or residential areas, unless posted otherwise.


#16. When you drive through a construction zone, you should:

Adjust your speed to traffic conditions. Proceed with caution. Obey all instructions provided by signs, traffic signals and flaggers. Do not follow other vehicles too closely. Remember to be prepared for the unexpected when traveling through work zones.


#17. To avoid being a drunk driver whenever you are socializing with alcohol beverages, it is a good idea to:

If you are going to a social situation where alcohol will be served, use a designated driver, or use public transportation or a cab, if available.


#18. Exceeding the speed limit with 10 mph when passing another vehicle:

You must comply with speed limits. If you have to speed to pass, you probably do not need to pass.


#19. When you approach a traffic signal displaying a steady yellow light, you must:

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.


#20. The following are true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that trucks need shorter stopping distance.

An average car going 55 mph can stop in about 400 feet. But a large truck could take almost 800 feet to stop.


#21. In winter, roads freeze more quickly when they are:

On cold, wet days shady spots can be icy. These areas freeze first and dry out last.


#22. When approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights, you should:

New Mexico law requires you to move over.

The law says: if reasonably safe to do so, drive in a lane not adjacent to where the authorized emergency vehicle is stopped. You must also slow down and proceed with caution.


#23. This sign tells you:

No right turn. You cannot make a right turn at this intersection.

Remember, regulatory signs with a red circle with a red slash over a symbol prohibit certain actions.


#24. Which is the most important vehicle control to use during a skid?

The most important vehicle control to use during a skid is the steering wheel.

If your vehicle begins to skid, stay calm. Ease off the gas and do not use your brakes. Concentrate on steering out of trouble.


#25. Stop lines, crosswalks and parking spaces are marked with:

Stop lines, crosswalks and parking spaces are marked with white lines.

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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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