Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our NM guide to your CDL.

Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License

Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License

  1. Obtain a REAL ID New Mexico Driver’s License.
  2. Fill out the CDL application form and hand in in-person to a MVD office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  3. Pay the required fee for your permit.
  4. Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any MVD location.
  5. Pass vision screening test.
  6. There is no mandatory requirement that you take a Commercial driver’s education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles but opting to enroll in such a program will help you to perform well in your knowledge exam.
  7. Take the road test at an approved CDL Examination Center.
  8. Pay license and endorsement fees. Contact the MVD office to know the correct amount.

Instruction Permit

In order to be eligible for a New Mexico CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the CDL application form. Then show proof of legal presence and US residency. Next, pay the required permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test. New Mexico Instruction Permits expire in 1 year.


A New Mexico Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 8 years. The cost is $34.00 for a standard CDL license.

CDL Endorsements

The following is a list of endorsements you can get on your CDL:

  • Hazardous Material (Class H).
  • Tank Vehicles (Class N).
  • Passenger-Carrying Vehicle (Class P).
  • School Bus (Class S).
  • Towing a Double or Triple Trailer (Class T).

Federal Guidelines For Interstate Drivers

The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.


Last updated on Friday, February 16 2018.

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