A non- commercial (regular, Class D) New Mexico driver license or a valid out- of- state CDL is required to get a New Mexico commercial driver license (CDL).
At the MVD office you must:
- Pass the written test(s) pertaining to the class of CDL and any endorsements applied for;
- Get a CDL learner’s permit; and
- 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
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.