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How to Get a New Mexico Motorcycle License


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To apply for a motorcycle license or endorsement in New Mexico, you’ll need to:

  • Visit the New Mexico MVD office.
  • Complete an application.
  • Provide proof of your identification, residency, and legal presence.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pay the required application and testing fees.
  • Pass the motorcycle written knowledge exam and the motorcycle road skills test OR complete an approved motorcycle safety training course.

Riders under 18 years old are required to complete a safety course.

Please visit http://www.mvd.newmexico.gov/ for official application information and to schedule appointments. 

Types of New Mexico Motorcycle Endorsements

New Mexico classifies an motorcycle license into the following endorsement categories:

  • W Endorsement: Allows you to ride any type of motorcycle. Must be at least 15 years old to qualify.
  • Y Endorsement: Allows you to ride motorcycles with an engine displacement between 50 and 100cc. Must be at least 13 years old to qualify.
  • Z Endorsement: Allows you to operate motorcycles with a displacement of less than 50cc. Must be at least 13 years old to qualify.

Transfer an Out-of-State Motorcycle License When Moving to New Mexico

If you’ve recently moved to New Mexico, you can transfer your out-of-state motorcycle license or endorsement. To do so:

  • Visit your local MVD office.
  • Surrender your out-of-state license.
  • Complete the application and provide proof of your identity, residency, and legal presence. 
  • Pay the required application fees.
  • Pass an eye exam.
  • Pass the New Mexico motorcycle written exam.

If your out-of-state motorcycle license/endorsement is valid you typically will not need to pass a road test or complete another motorcycle safety course.

Once you’ve received your motorcycle license, be sure to come back to MotorcycleZombies.com to learn how to title and register a motorcycle in New Mexico.

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