Chapter 5, Section B:
First-Time Commercial Learner's Permit


Revised August 14, 2013


Sec. 66-5-62 NMSA 1978, Requirements for a New Mexico Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP)

The applicant for a New Mexico Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) must have a valid New Mexico drivers license.

Every applicant for a Commercial Learner's Permit must provide all of the following documents:

  • Social Security card or valid proof of Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Proof of identity and U.S. citizenship (or) lawful permanent residence in the U.S.
  • DOT Medical Examination Certificate and/or Medical Exemption Waiver issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); or, if medically exempt, proof of qualification such as a vehicle certification form for a government employee
  • Two proofs of physical residency showing a New Mexico address

Additional information clarifying each of these requirements is provided in Chapter 6 Section C.

Applicant must have passed required knowledge tests with a score of 80 or better

Applicant may not be suspended, cancelled, revoked, or disqualified in any state.

The Commercial Learner's Permit is issued for six months. Applicant may be issued one renewal or reissue within a two-year period.

FOR ANY RENEWAL, UPGRADE OR REPLACEMENT, CONTACT THE CDL UNIT TO MAKE SURE THE DRIVER IS ELIGIBLE.

A CLP cannot be issued with a Hazmat endorsement.

The only endorsements allowed for a CLP are:

  • P - Passenger endorsement
  • S - School Bus endorsement
  • N - Tank vehicle

The applicant must carry his or her current valid CDL or non-CDL along with the Commercial Learner's Permit.

The CLP holder is not eligible to take the CDL skills test in the first 14 days after initial issuance of the CLP.