Graduated Driver License
HOW TO GET YOUR FIRST NEW MEXICO DRIVER LICENSE – UNDER AGE 18
All teens under age 18 must complete graduated licensing to get a New Mexico driver permit and license.
Graduated driver licensing eases beginning drivers into traffic by limiting their exposure to driving situations proven to be particularly dangerous. Teens begin driving with certain conditions that are gradually relaxed as drivers mature and develop greater driving skills.
Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) – 3 Stages
Stage 1: Instructional Permit – To get an instructional permit, a teen must be at least 15 years old, and go into a MVD Field Office with the following documents:
Proof of having completed or of being enrolled in a state-approved driver education program;
Proof of identity, identification number and New Mexico residency, to include:
- One (1) proof of identification number, and
- One (1) proof of identity, and
- One (1) proof of New Mexico residency
At least one of the ‘proof of identity’ or ‘proof of identification number’ documents must also show the teen’s date of birth.
At the MVD Field Office the teen and the parent/ guardian will complete and sign an instructional permit application. Then, the teen must:
Stage 2: Provisional License – To get a provisional license, a teen must be at least 15 ½ years old and have successfully completed Stage 1. At the MVD Field Office the teen and the parent/ guardian will complete and sign a provisional license application. In signing the provisional license application, the teen and the parent verify that the teen:
Then, the teen must:
Once the provisional license is issued, the following conditions apply:
Stage 3: Full License –To get a full-unrestricted license, the teen and the parent/ guardian must complete and sign a driver license application. In signing the driver license application, the teen and the parent verify that the teen:
*The traffic violations include: • Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device or Signal • Failure to Obey Traffic Control Signal • Speeding • Homicide by Vehicle • Injury to Pregnant Woman by Vehicle • DWI or Drugs • Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test • Reckless or Careless Driving • Careless Driving • Racing on Highways • Failure to Yield
Fees for an Instructional Permit, Provisional License and Driver License
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