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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. This sign means:
traffic signal ahead sign
Speeding is not allowed
You must stop ahead
You must yield the right-of-way ahead
Traffic signals ahead
2. Which of the following substances can affect the ability to drive?
Cold tablets containing codeine or antihistamines.
Tranquilizers and sedatives.
All of the above.
3. Before making a left turn from a one-way street, you must:
be in the lane closest to the right curb.
be in the lane closest to the center of the street.
be in the lane closest to the left curb.
4. This sign warns drivers that:
reduction of lanes sign
drivers in the left lane have the right-of-way
the road ahead is narrow.
the right lane ends.
there is a one lane bridge ahead.
5. Alcohol:
enhances your ability to see clearly.
makes you less aware of what is happening to your driving abilities.
makes it easier to make correct decisions.
improves your reaction time.
6. __________________ is a safe driving technique.
Checking your rearview mirrors frequently
Using your high beam lights in fog
Staring at the road ahead of your vehicle
7. This road sign means:
yield ahead sign
Yield sign ahead
Side road entering from the left
Side road ahead
8. What should you do if one of your tires blows out?
Hold the steering wheel tight and brake immediately to avoid the risk of skidding.
Leave the road immediately.
Decrease speed, pull over to the right and sound your horn to warn the other vehicles.
Hold the steering wheel tight and slowly take your foot off the gas pedal.
9. To avoid becoming an aggressive driver, you should:
Listen to heavy metal music.
Adjust your schedule to drive during times with the most highway traffic.
Allow enough travel time to reach your destination on schedule.
None of the above.
10. A school bus ahead of you in your lane is stopped with red lights flashing. You must:
stop until all the children have left the bus.
reduce your speed, change lanes and pass.
stop until the lights stop flashing.
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NM DMV Knowledge Test

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