Correspondence School Driver Education

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These applications are still being processed in order of receipt &  can take up to thirty (30) business days to evaluate, process & approve when complete. Incomplete applications will take even longer. (All applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.)

Contact our office by email at TSCdriverprograms@unm.edu . You may also call the correspondence drive education school coordinator at (505)277-8771. See our contact list if we can provide any other assistance to you [click here] Email is the most reliable way to contact us. Our office will be closed to the public until further notice.

We typically receive a high call volume, your patience is appreciated. Email is the most reliable way to contact us. Although our office is now open, if you wish to meet in person – it is by appointment only. Thank you.

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 completion AND must submit a completed application (Request for Correspondence School Driver Ed Application) with supporting documentation. All supporting documentation must be signed by hand in ink to be accepted. Applications must verify 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 NM PED 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
  • 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

All correspondence schools must be approved by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Traffic Safety Division. This approval must be renewed each year. For a list of currently approved correspondence schools, please click HERE.

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Questions regarding Correspondence Drivers Education must be directed to:

Denise Garcia, Correspondence School Driver Education Coordinator
Phone: 505-277-8771
Email: tscdriverprograms@unm.edu