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Anyone operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle on public roadways in the State of New Mexico must have a driver license or learner's permit. To get a license, you must pass a written and road test in addition to a vision screening. Practice with this sample test to familiarize yourself with the format of the New Mexico driver's license test. The NM MVD written test is designed to check your knowledge of road rules, road signs, traffic laws and safety rules. Everything you need to know is covered in the New Mexico Driver's Manual. The MVD written test consists of 25 questions, and you'll need at least 18 correct answers to pass (72%).
1. When a ‘Road Closed’ sign is displayed, drivers must:
come to a complete stop and wait for the lights to turn green.
remove the sign and move forward.
make a U-turn.
look for a detour or another route.
2. If it safe to do so, you can pass a vehicle ahead when:
there is a solid line on your side of the road.
you are on a hill or curve.
there is a broken line on your side of the road.
3. To pass a bicyclist traveling in the same direction on a two-lane road without bicycle lanes, you should:
not pass the bicyclist until you come to a traffic signal or stop sign.
honk at the bicyclist to let him or her know you are about to pass.
continue driving straight, it is the bicyclist’s responsibility to get out of your way.
slow down and wait until there is no oncoming traffic, then pass the bicyclist leaving him or her sufficient space.
4. At a stop sign there is no stop line or crosswalk. You must stop:
only if the traffic signal turns red.
at the next crosswalk.
before you enter the intersection.
after you enter the intersection, if you have a clear view of traffic on the intersecting roadway.
5. When children are close, what should you do before you back out of a driveway?
Get out of the car and check behind the car.
Look through your back window for children.
Rely on your mirrors.
None of the above.
6. When you pass another vehicle, before you return to the right lane, you must:
make sure you can see the front bumper of the vehicle you passed.
look at your interior rear-view mirror.
All of the above.
7. A solid yellow line on your side of the center line means:
Do not pass
Pass with caution
Slow down
8. If the entrance lane is too short to allow acceleration to highway speed, you should:
go to the next entrance ramp.
merge into highway traffic as soon as possible.
stop and wait for a large gap in traffic, then enter the highway and accelerate quickly.
None of the above.
9. When you are driving at night and another vehicle is approaching, you should use your parking lights.
10. If you drink alcohol socially, what helps ensure your safety?
Take a cold shower before driving.
Stop drinking one hour before driving.
Ride home with a friend who has not been drinking.
Drink coffee before driving.
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NM Knowledge Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
Minimum age to apply: 15
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