Chapter 5, Section C:|
Requirements and Procedures for Issuing Initial CDL
Requirements for the initial, first time New Mexico CDL
Note: If the driver is surrendering an out-of-state CDL, have him fill out the Driver License Surrender Form (MVD-10231) attesting that he is applying for a CDL in the state of New Mexico.
Procedures for issuing initial CDL
When issuing a first time or renewal CDL, you must enter the applicant's name as it appears on the official documents accepted for identification (birth certificate, passport, etc). Neither nicknames nor any other alternate names can be used.
If an applicant insists that he does not go by the name on his official documents, inform him that MVD can accept and use only the applicant's legal name in our records and on New Mexico licenses and IDs. We are required to do so by statute, specifically by Sections 66-5-9 and 66-5-15 NMSA 1978. Before we could accept and use a different name, the applicant would need to have his name changed legally and return to the field office with complete documentation (i.e. court order) of the change.
Every applicant for an initial CDL must provide the following documents:
Additional information clarifying each of these requirements is provided in Chapter 6 Section C.
The clerk must ensure that the name of applicant when entered on the system is correct anytime that a commercial license is being issued. Clerks are not allowed to enter made-up data. To do so may cause you to be subject to disciplinary action.
Query applicants driving record as follows:
Clerk must wait for a valid status from all inquiries before process may be continued. If an invalid status is encountered through PDPS, provide applicant with a printout of the information so that applicant may contact state and clear up status. If information from inquiry does not match driver exactly proceed as follows:
For more about the PDPS query responses and actions, please refer to Chapter 12: PDPS (Problem Driver Pointer System).
Note: Sometimes it is a judgment call. We need to be reasonable, yet we must comply with federal law and be careful not to license someone who is not eligible to be licensed.
If the driver is an existing CDL holder CDLIS should return a hit, showing at least his current license. If CDLIS comes up with 0 for an existing CDL holder, contact the CDL unit at (505) 827-1036 before issuing the license. The CDL unit can quickly check to see why the license is not coming up as a hit. This is a very important step to ensure that the driver is not holding a fraudulent license.
If the vehicle the driver will be driving has air brakes then he must take and pass the air brake written test and take the skills test in a vehicle with air brakes. If none of the vehicles he will drive are equipped with air brakes then the license will carry the "L" restriction. Also, if the applicant does not take his road skill test in a vehicle equipped with air brakes then the license will carry the "L" restriction. The "L" restriction can only be removed when the driver passes a road skill test, given by a CDL examiner, in a commercial vehicle equipped with air brakes. When the driver brings back a passed road skill test then the airbrake restriction can be removed. The applicant must pay the renewal fee when removing the "L" restriction.
All CDL knowledge tests are administered on the kiosk machine. The driver's scores can be accessed through the kiosk by any MVD office.
If an applicant fails any of the knowledge CDL tests, he must wait one week before retaking exam again. If the applicant fails any knowledge test 3 times he will need to wait one year before retaking the exam.
Provide the public list of examiners to all CDL applicant's requiring a skills test, other than school bus applicants or New Mexico Department of transportation (NMDOT) applicants.
All applicants must obtain a CDL learner's permit before a skills test can be administered. An applicant with a class A license who wants to add a passenger endorsement to his class A must receive a class B permit with a "P" endorsement before he can take the skills test in a passenger vehicle.