Chapter 11, Section E:
Written Test Requirements

February 18, 2013


  • All class D and M written test scores must be 70% or better to pass.
  • All driver licenses, in state or out of state, expired over one year require a written test.
  • All driver licenses, in state or out of state, expired over 5 years require a written and a road test.
  • A person who has a 1-year revocation due to a DWI conviction must take the written test, unless licensure has been maintained during the revocation period with an Ignition Interlock License. The $100 reinstatement fee cannot be collected until the test is completed.
  • A person with a 5 or 10 year revocation is required to take the written and road test, unless licensure has been maintained during the revocation period with an Ignition Interlock License, and generally must petition the court to restore his regular driving privileges before his regular license can be reinstated.
  • A person who has a revocation of less than a year due to a DWI conviction is not required to take a written test.
  • A new driver license must be issued when revocation was due to a DWI conviction.
  • All applicants with out-of-country drivers' licenses are required to take the written test in order to get a New Mexican driver license. Treat the District of Columbia (Washington,  DC) and all U.S. territories as out-of-state rather than out-of-country. U.S. territories include but are not limited to Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
  • Any foreign language driver license that cannot be translated in your office for verification of name, date of birth, class of license, expiration date and restrictions/endorsements (if listed), must take the written and road test, unless a certified translation is provided. In any case the written test is required.
  • Any person at least 13 years old but under 18 who is restricted to the operation of a motorcycle not in excess of 100 centimeters must take the Certified Motorcycle class.
  • Applicants with an XC3 or XC4 whose license is still valid are not required to test or obtain a new license unless the driver's license has been suspended, revoked or expired for a year or more, in which case they must take a written test.
  • A person who has financial responsibility, child support or driving while suspended is not required to test or get a new drivers license unless his license has been suspended, revoked or expired for a year or more, in which case he must take the written test.
  • A person who has been suspended due to points is not required to test unless the driver's license has been suspended, revoked or expired for a year or more, in which case he must take the written test. However, before the person can be reinstated, he must show proof of completion of the Driver Improvement class.