Getting Your License

  1. Home
  2. Getting Your License

What Is A Graduated Driver License?

Even though getting one’s driver’s license is a rite of passage for every teenager, the fact remains that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among teens in New Mexico.  For that reason, all teens in New Mexico under the age of 18 are subject to a graduated driver licensing system.  The system permits teens to begin driving with certain conditions, such as driving late at night or with too many passengers, which are gradually relaxed as they mature and develop greater driving skills.   The purpose is to ease beginning drivers into the skills and responsibilities necessary to be a responsible, safe motorist.

Why Does New Mexico Have Graduated Driver Licensing?

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among teens in New Mexico.  Approximately 5,000 teen drivers are injured or killed every year. Even though teen drivers make up only 7% of licensed drivers in New Mexico, they are the drivers in 16% of the crashes.

Learn More About Graduated Driver Licensing

For a more information, please call toll free 1-800-231-6145 or order a free brochure.


Administrative Office
9400 Holly Avenue NE, Suite 201
Albuquerque, NM 87122

Injury Prevention Resource Center
3220 Richards Lane, Suite A
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Get the Newsletter