Chapter 5, Section M:|
CDL Frequently Asked
Revised August 14, 2013
Q: Do we trade
an expired out-of-state CDL license?
A: No, we only trade
current valid out-of-state CDL licenses.
Q: An out of state CDL license is presented and has
a “school bus” endorsement. Do we give them credit for it, as we do
for passenger, tanker etc.?
A: If the school bus endorsement was issued
after September 2005, yes we do. If, however, it was issued before
September 2005, the driver
must take the written test to keep the endorsement.
Q: An applicant comes in with a
CDL permit from another state. Do we accept it and issue a CDL license?
A: No. Not all states require that written exams be taken
before issuing a permit.
Q: An applicant has received a “temporary”
commercial license from another state and wishes to trade it for a New
Mexico commercial license do we do this?
A: No. States in which a
temporary license is issued at the counter do all of their verification
of the applicant’s status in other states behind the scenes.
Therefore, we only trade a valid commercial license. Some of the states
that use the temporary issue method are California, Texas and Minnesota. Be
very observant when looking at an out of state “license.”
Q: How many
skills tests need to be turned in for a first time Class “A” with “H”,
“P”, “T”, and “N”?
- one in a tractor trailer, and one in a
Class “B” passenger vehicle. This license should also carry an "M"
Q: How many skills test need to be turned
in for a first time Class “B” application with “H”, “P”, and “N”
A. Two: one in a straight truck and one in a Class “B”
passenger vehicle. If the passenger skills test is not turned in,
the license will be issued with an “N” restriction. You may also issue a
permit for the passenger endorsement if the driver expects to take
the additional skills test within the 6 months the permit is good for.
Q: An existing Class “C” license, with “P” Endorsement moves up to a
class “B”. What skills test needs to be turned in?
A. Two: one in a
Class “B” truck AND one in a Class “B” passenger vehicle. If the
applicant does not turn in a class “B” passenger skills test, then the
license will carry the restriction “N”.
Q: An existing Class “B” with
“P” Endorsement moves up to a Class “A”, how many skills tests are
A. One, in a tractor-trailer. New Mexico does not have any
Class “A” passenger vehicles. So these licenses must always carry the
“M” restriction. If the applicant does not test in a tractor-trailer,
but tests in a truck-trailer combination, then the license will carry the “O” restriction as well. You will
pick this up from the skills test score sheet.
Q: A commercial license
holder has his license revoked for a DWI in his personal car. Can he
have his commercial license back?
A. He does not just get it back. The
definition for revoked under 66-1-4.15 states: “Revocation” means that
the driver license and privileges to drive a motor vehicle on the public
highways are terminated and shall not be renewed or restored except that
an application for a new license may be presented and acted upon by the
division after the expiration of at least one year after date of
revocation. Therefore, once a commercial license is revoked for any
reason, the license holder must wait the required revocation time and
pay a reinstatement fee before he can apply for a new commercial
license. The driver must start over with an operator’s license and then
take and pass the required written tests and pass the required skills
test. If the DWI was in a commercial motor vehicle, the driver will be
disqualified as well as his license being revoked. There can only be one
conviction in a commercial motor vehicle. Upon the second, the driver is
disqualified for life. New Mexico law does provide a way for the driver
to present evidence of rehabilitation to the secretary of the division after 10
years has passed.
Q: If a New Mexico commercial license holder turns in
an expired license to renew must he retest?
A. No, as long as he has
presented the license for renewal within 12 months of the expiration
Q: If a New Mexico commercial license holder leaves the state,
obtains a non-commercial license in another state, and then returns
here, can he have his commercial license back?
A. Yes, but only if
neither the New Mexico nor the out of state license has been revoked
and as long as it has not been more than a year since the expiration
the New Mexico license record. You will need to determine this by
checking the driver’s record. The driver will need to have a current medical
card and will need to take the Hazardous Materials exam if appropriate.