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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. The road is the most dangerous:
while it is raining.
when it begins to rain.
after it rains.
All of the above.
2. This sign means:
traffic signal ahead sign
The traffic signal is not operational
Open intersection ahead
Traffic signal ahead
No traffic signal ahead
3. When a pedestrian is crossing a street guided by a dog or carrying a white cane:
you must yield the right of way at corners only.
you must always yield the right-of-way.
you must tell them where to cross the street.
None of the above.
4. What is the benefit of a space cushion around your vehicle?
If another driver makes a mistake, you have time to react.
Other drivers can cut in front of you, improving traffic flow.
It inflates to protect you from injury in case of a collision.
5. When traveling behind a motorcycle:
allow a following distance of at least 4 motorcycle lengths.
allow at least 4 seconds of following distance.
allow a following distance of at least 2 car lengths.
allow at least 2 seconds of following distance.
6. Drugs may interfere with a person’s ability to drive safely:
only when taken while drinking.
and it is important to ask your doctor about any effects that the prescribed drugs may have on your driving ability.
only if the drugs are prescribed by a doctor.
only when driving at night.
7. Changing from one lane to another is best done:
gradually and carefully.
quickly and often.
when a car is in your blind spot.
8. This regulatory sign tells drivers that:
left lane turns left
all vehicles must turn left immediately.
traffic in the right lane must go straight.
traffic in the left lane must turn left at the intersection ahead.
None of the above.
9. If an approaching driver does not dim the headlights, you should:
flash your headlights to high beam for a second, then return to low beam.
switch to daytime lights.
move your eyes to the left to help avoid the glare of approaching high beams.
flash your headlights to low beam for a second, then return to high beam.
10. You have to yield to a pedestrian:
always, even if the pedestrian is not obeying traffic controls.
only when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk.
only if the traffic lights are in the pedestrians favor.
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NM DMV Knowledge Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
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