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New Mexico Knowledge Test

Who Must Take the Test?

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.

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.

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.

New Mexico Knowledge Test

Tests are based on the information in the New Mexico Driver Manual and administered on computer-based kiosk machines.

The passing score on New Mexico knowledge test is 72%.

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 knowledge test three times, you must wait six months (from the date of the original application) before you can take a new test.

Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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