Correspondence School Driver Education

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Correspondence school driver education is available to students under the age of 18 in New Mexico who wish to obtain their driver’s license through a driver education course but are unable to attend a traditional driver education class. All students must apply for permission to enroll in correspondence school prior to enrollment.

Eligible students must be fifteen years of age at the time of enrollment AND must submit a completed application (Request for Correspondence School Driver Ed Application) with supporting documentation verifying at least one of the following criteria:

  • Homeschooling
    • Student is homeschooled in ALL subjects.
      • Supporting Documentation: Confirmation of Establishment of a home school from NM PED for the current academic year on official NMPED letterhead.  
  • Distance
    • Student does not have the opportunity to take driver education at school OR a private provider within 25 miles of their residence.
      • Supporting Documentation: Formal letter on letterhead signed by a school official confirming the school in question does not offer driver education
  • Transportation Issues
    • Student is unable to attend local driver education classes at school OR a private provider because neither public transportation nor a parent/guardian is available to take them to & from class.
      • Supporting Documentation: Formal letter composed & signed by a parent/guardian explaining the nature of the transportation difficulties preventing this student from attending traditional driver education classes
  • Academic Activities
    • Student is unable to attend driver education classes at school OR a private provider because of honors/AP classes, duel credit classes or other scholastic responsibilities.
      • Supporting Documentation: Formal letter on official school stationary/letterhead signed by a school official/teacher explaining the nature of the classes and time commitments preventing this student from attending traditional driver education classes
  • Extracurricular Activities
    • Student is unable to attend driver education classes at school OR a private provider because of commitments outside the classroom such as athletics, church activities, or performing arts.
      • Supporting Documentation: Formal letter on official school stationary/letterhead signed by a school official/teacher explaining nature of the activities and the time commitments preventing this student from attending traditional driver education classes
  • Employment
    • Student is unable to attend driver education classes at school OR a private provider because work hours conflict with driver education class times.
  • Extenuating Circumstances
    • Student is unable to attend driver education classes at school OR a private provider because of other extreme conditions not specified above. Please note that matters of personal preference such as cost cannot be considered extenuating circumstances.
      • Supporting Documentation: Formal letter by a parent/guardian or other authority explaining the circumstances preventing this student from attending traditional driver education classes

ALL correspondence courses must be conducted by a certified school and instructor licensed by the State of New Mexico Transportation Safety Division. Each application must include the name of the licensed correspondence school of the student’s choice to be approved. Please view a current list of Transportation Safety Division approved schools here:

APPROVED CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS

AA White Knuckles Institute Correspondence

A+ Correspondence School

Cordura Correspondence School

Driver Ed in a Box, LLC

Mesilla Driving Academy

National Driver Training Institute

Transportation Safety Foundation

NM SPECIAL NEEDS DRIVING SCHOOLS

Driving to Independence

NMAA LIFE OF AN ATHLETE

The New Mexico Activities Association, with the support of the New Mexico Department of  Transportation Traffic Safety Division and the assistance of the American Athletic Institute  has implemented the Life of An Athlete program because alcohol is the leading drug of abuse  among teens in our country today.  Statistics show that nearly 60% of all seniors and close  to 50% of all juniors report regular drinking activity.

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Questions regarding Correspondence Drivers Education contact information:

Andrea Salas, Driver Programs Specialist
Phone: 505-277-1564
Email: tscdriverprograms@unm.edu