Correspondence School Driver Education

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Correspondence driver education school is available to students who legally qualify. Students must be 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 submit a completed application with required supporting documents AND must be fifteen years of age at the time of completion of the course. (Request for Correspondence School Driver Ed Application)

Applications are 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.)

We appreciate your patience.

All supporting documentation must be signed by hand in ink to be accepted. Further information may be requested at the reviewers discretion. All students must qualify under Condition 1 OR Condition 2. See qualifying supporting documents below. Please provide as many documents as possible to ensure eligibility. 

Please see qualifying supporting documents for Condition 1 and Condition 2:

Qualifying Supporting Documents:

CONDITION 1

  • HOMESCHOOL (CONDITION 1)
    • Student is homeschooled in ALL subjects by the Parent/Guardian. *Online-Schooling is not recognized as Homeschool.
    • Supporting Documentation: Confirmation of Establishment of a home school from NM PED for the current academic year on official NM PED letterhead. (Student Verification Form from NMPED account is an acceptable form, or a copy of the email that says “Registered Successfully” with the students ID

CONDITION 2

  • STUDENT’S HIGH SCHOOL DRIVER’S EDUCATION STATUS (CONDITION 2) – REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICATIONS 
    • REQUIRED – Status of Driver’s Education at High School student attends
    • Supporting Documentation: Formal letter on letterhead signed by a school official confirming the school in question does/does not offer driver’s education and the reasoning as to why your student cannot attend. Please note that “wait time or waitlisted” are not qualifying circumstances for your student to need a Correspondence Driver’s Education
  • DISTANCE (CONDITION 2)
    • Student does not have the opportunity to take driver’s education at school OR a private provider within 25 miles of their residence
    • Supporting Documentation: A picture of maps with the student’s residence to the nearest drivers ed. Must be signed in ink by a parent/guardian and submitted in PDF format
  • ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES (CONDITION 2)
    • 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 (CONDITION 2)
    • 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 (CONDITION 2)
    • Student is unable to attend driver education classes at school OR a private provider because work hours conflict with driver education class times.
    • Supporting Documentation:  A letter from the Manager/Supervisor stating the schedule of the student that is keeping them from attending a local driver’s education.
  • EXTENUATING CIRUCMSTANCES (CONDITION 2)
    • 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: Parent/Guardian can supply a letter with a handwritten signature detailing the extenuating circumstances that are keeping the student from attending a local driver’s education course within 25 miles of the students residence.

APPROVED CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS

Each application must include the name of the licensed correspondence school of the student’s choice to be approved. 

ALL correspondence courses must be conducted by a certified school and instructor licensed by the State of New Mexico Transportation Safety Division. 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.

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.

Questions regarding Correspondence Drivers Education must be directed to:

Correspondence Driver’s Education Coordinator, Denise Garcia
Phone: 505-328-8768
Email: tscdriverprograms@unm.edu

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