Getting a Graduated Driver’s License in New Mexico

Congratulations, you’re at the age where it’s time to obtain your learner’s permit! If you’re wondering where to get a learner’s permit in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe, NM, choose MVD Express. We make taking the learner’s permit test and obtaining your graduated driver’s license simple with a friendly staff that will take you step-by-step through the process.

New Mexico Graduated Driver’s License Program in Three Easy Steps

There are three stages of licenses that you’ll need to obtain through the graduated driver’s license program.  We make it easy and convenient to obtain your learner’s permit, provisional license, and lastly your unrestricted full driver’s license.

Written test scores from driving school or test may be taken at MVD Express. The steps are designed to ensure life-long safe driving habits, and take place in three stages:

Stage 1:
Instructional Permit

Stage 2:
Provisional License

Stage 3:
Full License

To obtain an Instructional Permit, a teen must be at least 15 years old, enrolled in a Driver’s Education Program or Driving School and present the following documents:

  • Driver Education Referral Card
  • Original state-issued Birth Certificate
  • Original Social Security Card (cannot accept laminated card)
  • Parent/legal guardian must accompany new teen driver
  • Two Proofs of New Mexico Residency
    • An Affidavit of Residency can be signed to prove residency for anyone under the age of 18 years old. Form can be obtained atMVD Express.
    • A document from an education institution, such as a transcript, report card or enrollment confirmation, provided it is dated within 60 days.

You’ll need to follow special rules to successfully complete this state of obtaining your license:

  • The permit must be held for at least six months.
  • The driver must drive with an adult 21 or older who has been licensed for a minimum of three years.
  • The driver must also complete a detailed log of 50 hours of supervised driving practice, including 10 hours at night. A parent or guardian must certify in writing that these hours have been completed.
  • The driver will need to maintain a clean driving record for the 90 days preceding the application of Provisional License.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To obtain a Provisional License, a teen must be at least 15 ½ years old, completed Stage 1 (Drivers Instructional Permit) of the GDL process and present the following documents:

  • Real ID or DAC Drivers Instructional Permit
  • Original state-issued Birth Certificate (If applicant has DAC Drivers Instructional Permit)
  • Original Social Security Card (If applicant has DAC Drivers Instructional Permit)
  • 50-Hour Driving Log including 10 hours at night
  • Certificate of Completion from driving school
  • Parent/legal guardian must accompany new teen driver
  • Two Proofs of New Mexico Residency:
    • An Affidavit of Residency can be signed to prove teen residency. For anyone under the age of 18 years old. Form can be obtained at MVD Express.
    • A document from an education institution, such as a transcript, report card or enrollment confirmation, provided it is dated within 60 days.

By providing an original birth certificate, Social Security Card and two proofs of New Mexico residency, you are eligible for either a non-federal-compliant Driver Authorization Card (if applicant cannot prove lawful status) or a Real ID-compliant license (if applicant can prove lawful status).
In order to continue on to Stage 3 of the process, you’ll need to comply with the following:

  • The Provisional License will need to be held for at least one year or until teen reaches the age of 18. The teen driver may not have more than one passenger in the vehicle under the age of 21 who is not an immediate family member.
  • The teen driver may not operate a motor vehicle between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 or older.
  • Exceptions are permitted for school, employment, family and medical need, or religious functions (licensees must carry a statement from the appropriate school, religious official, employer, doctor, or parent/guardian).
  • The driver will need to maintain a clean driving record for the 90 days preceding the application of Instructional Permit.
To obtain a full unrestricted license, a teen must have held their Provisional License for at least one (1) year, completed Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the GDL process, and come to MVD Express with:

  • Real ID or DAC Provisional License
  • Original state-issued Birth Certificate (If applicant has DAC Provisional License)
  • Original Social Security Card (If applicant has DAC Drivers Instructional Permit)
  • Two Proofs of New Mexico Residency
    • An Affidavit of Residency can be signed to prove residency for anyone under the age of 18 years old. Form can be obtained atMVD Express.
    • A document from an education institution, such as a transcript, report card or enrollment confirmation, provided it is dated within 60 days.
  • Parent/Guardian if under the age of 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before you get behind the wheel, know that traffic violations made during the graduated license steps will delay your ability to obtain a full license. We outline the rules below so all our future drivers know the consequences of traffic violations when obtaining a learner’s permit.

Violations & Obtaining Your NM Driver’s License

According to New Mexico law, the six-month minimum period for which an individual is required to hold an instruction permit before obtaining a provisional license is extended by 30 days for every traffic violation committed during the time the individual was driving with the instruction permit.

The 12-month minimum period for which an individual is required to hold a provisional license before obtaining a regular driver’s license is also extended by 30 days for every traffic violation committed during the time the individual was driving with the provisional license, for which the individual was convicted or adjudicated delinquent.

Traffic violations include child not in restraint device or seat belt; failure to properly fasten safety belt; using a mobile communication device while driving a motor vehicle (unless the driver holds a valid, FCC-issued amateur radio operator license and is operating an amateur radio); and buying, attempting to buy, receiving, possessing or permitting oneself to be served alcoholic beverages.

About MVD Express Albuquerque

If you are looking for a fast, easy way to take the learner’s permit test and obtain your graduated license in Albuquerque, New Mexico, come to MVD Express. We offer comprehensive services, including license plates and road tests. Questions? Contact us today.

Call your local MVD Express today to talk to one of our helpful staff members!

575.373.8247 in Las Cruces
505.294.1732 for all Other Offices

MVD Express is proud to serve New Mexico with locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Las Cruces.