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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 MVD Driver’s Manual. The written test consists of 25 questions, and you need at least 18 correct answers to pass (72%).
1. When driving in fog, drivers should:
not use high headlight beams.
drive cautiously and reduce speed.
use low headlight beams to better illuminate the road and objects.
All of the above.
2. Vertical rectangles tell drivers:
vertical rectangle
that there's a school zone ahead.
the law.
what is not allowed.
the direction they should travel.
3. After passing a vehicle, it is safe to return to your lane when:
you can see both headlights of the vehicle you just passed in your rearview mirror.
you have put your turn signal on.
the driver you passed slows down to let you return to your lane.
you are at least 100 feet ahead of the vehicle you passed.
4. Road signs that point out scenic areas and parks are:
green and white.
black and white.
black and orange.
brown and white.
5. When passing another vehicle, a driver should wait until the entire car the driver just passed is visible in the rearview mirror before turning back into the right-hand lane.
6. Before a school bus stops to load passengers, the driver will usually flash:
red warning lights.
yellow warning lights.
green lights.
red lights.
7. This road sign means:
no right turn sign
Left lane must turn left
Keep right
No U-turns
No right turn
8. Which area is more likely to be slippery after snow or rain during freezing weather?
Concrete rather than asphalt roads.
Roads in shady areas.
Hilly open roads.
9. You can help keep the driver behind you at a safe distance by:
driving 3-5 MPH slower than the car behind.
driving 3-5 MPH faster than the car behind.
keeping a steady speed.
10. A yellow arrow means:
Do not go in the direction of the arrow.
If you intend to turn in the direction of the arrow, be prepared to stop.
The same as a steady yellow light.
None of the above.
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NM DMV Permit Test

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