A non-commercial (regular, Class D) New Mexico driver license or a valid out-of-state commercial driver license (CDL) is required to get a New Mexico commercial driver license.
Written tests are not required to exchange a valid out-of-state CDL for a New Mexico CDL with the same class and endorsements. Any driver needing a hazardous materials (Hazmat) endorsement must take a written test, be fingerprinted and get a background check.
Is the CDL manual available online?
- Yes, please read the New Mexico specific addendum available here | Download PDF
- The CDL Manual is available here | Download PDF
If you do not have a valid out-of-state CDL, you must go to the MVD and complete the following:
- Pass the written test(s) pertaining to the class of CDL and any endorsements applied for.CDL applicants can take CDL written tests up to twice a week. There is no limit to the number of times they can take the test annually.
- Receive a CDL learner’s permit
- Pass a skills test administered by an approved CDL examiner.
After receiving your skills test scores, bring the following to the MVD:
All required documents, as detailed below:
- Driver license
- Learner’s permit
- Sealed envelope with skills test scores
Note: Not all MVD Field Offices issue CDLs. To identify an office in your area that can handle your complete CDL application process, check the CDL Field Offices.
Required Documents for a CDL
You will need to take the originals of all these required documents:
- Out-of-state CDL or New Mexico driver license
- Proof of Identification number
- USDOT Commercial Driver Medical Form, Federal Medical Waiver Card, or proof of employment by a government entity;
- Proof of identity (including date of birth),
- proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residence status in the United States
- Two (2) proofs of physical residency in New Mexico.
- Additional information clarifying each of these required documents is provided below.
USDOT Commercial Driver Medical Form
Either of the following may be accepted:
USDOT or NM Commercial Driver Medical Examination Certification (Long) Form. Other states Commercial Driver Medical Examination Certification Forms may be acceptable, however, these must be approved by the New Mexico CDL Unit.
If you are medically covered by a government entity, (city, county, state or federal), you can show your government-issued photo ID card, or bring in a Vehicle Certification Form signed by your employer or your supervisor. | MVD-10414 | Download PDF
Proof of identity, and U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residence in the United States
Documents for Identity/ U.S. Citizenship:
An original birth certificate bearing an Official Seal issued by a State, County, Municipal Authority, or outlying possession of the United States (Hospital Registrations, Birth Records, or Birth Notifications will not be accepted).
An original certified copy of a birth certificate with an Official Seal by a State, County, Municipal Authority, or outlying possession of the United States (copy of a certified copy will not be accepted).
- Valid United States Passport
- Certification of Birth Abroad issued by the United States Department of State (Form FS-545 or DS-1350)
- Certificate of Naturalization (Form N550 or N570 or N578)
- Certificate of U. S. Citizenship (Form N560 or N561)
Documents for Lawful Permanent Residence Status in the United States:
- Permanent Resident Alien Card – I-551
- Foreign passport stamped by the U.S. Government indicating that the holder has been "Processed for I-551"
- Temporary I – 551 Stamp in Foreign Passport
- Temporary I –551 Stamp on Form I- 94, Arrival /Departure Record, with photograph of the bearer
- Permanent resident Re-entry Permit (Form I-327)
- Two (2) documents to prove New Mexico residency
To be acceptable as proof of residency a document must show a New Mexico physical residence address. A New Mexico P.O. Box address is not acceptable as evidence of NM residency.
All documents must be original or a certified copy. MVD will also accept copies that are sent directly from the agency that issues or holds the documentation. All documentation must be current. Documents that applicants receive on a monthly basis, such as insurance and utility bills and bank statements, must be dated no more than three months prior to the date of application for a CDL.
Still have questions? Email NMCDL.HelpDesk@state.nm.us