Chapter 11, Section A:|
Road Test, General Guidelines
Revised November 12, 2010
Applicants for a New Mexico driver license or
permit who are required to take the road test as a part of the examination
process are also required to provide the vehicle in which the road test will be
The vehicle must be of the same class as the license application and must
be properly registered, insured and in good working condition before a road test
will be administered in that vehicle. It is the responsibility of the applicant
to make sure the vehicle and its equipment are in good working order.
If the applicant is applying for an ignition interlock
license, the vehicle used for the road test must be equipped with an
ignition interlock device. (Sec.
66-5-503(B)(2)(a) NMSA 1978)
current certificate of registration must be in the vehicle and the applicant
must have proof of financial responsibility (a current insurance certificate).
- Road Tests will not be given under
hazardous road conditions. (Manager discretion).
- Use the Road Test Score Record form (MVD-10258) to record applicant information, vehicle equipment
inspection compliance (or non-compliance) and test results/scores.
- Do not begin any road test unless
you have performed the pre-road test vehicle. inspection and the
vehicle has passed the inspection.
- Children or pets should not be
allowed in the vehicle during the driving test. It is strongly
recommended that no other passengers be taken.
- If the applicant has any physical
disability which could affect his ability to drive, note his
disability on the score sheet and the proper restriction.
- Do not engage in unnecessary
conversation. It may distract the applicant.
- Never call applicant’s attention
to an error until the test has been completed, unless it is
necessary to do so to prevent an accident or to avoid a dangerous
- If the applicant has difficulty in
executing some maneuver, you should be ready to assist and to
advise. Never compel your applicant to perform a task he does not
wish to do, and do not rush him.
- Watch for traffic conditions that
the applicant may not see and warn him of these if you think he does
not see them.
- Watch everything the driver does.
Record only what you see. Never score on operation as good unless
the performance was actually watched and no errors were noted. Items
on the score sheet which are not observed should be left blank.
- Give the complete test to every
driver, unless it is necessary to stop the test for safety reasons.
- Score as you go along and do not
depend on your memory.