well, I finally got the scoop for NM and a new DL:
This is from the state office:
"In response to you email asking about a Class E license and driving a motorhome with a GVWR of 27,000+ lbs.
If you currently hold a Class D all you need to do is go into one of the Motor Vehicle Field Offices, complete the self certification form and let them know you want to change for a Class D to a Class E. You will need to pay the fee of a new license and the Class E will allow you to drive you motorhome. Below is the rule/regulation allowing this. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Chapter 5, Section G:
Class E (CDL Exempt) License
Revised February 28, 2008
Federal regulation allows states to exempt three groups of drivers from the general rule that a CDL is required to drive vehicles over 26,000 pounds.
New Mexico Class E (CDL exempt) license
By rule (188.8.131.52 NMAC) drivers with a Class E license may operate certain vehicles that are over 26,000 pounds on the public roads and highways of New Mexico without a commercial driver's license. The Class E exempt license is available to drivers of:
a. Recreational Vehicles vehicles that are registered and used as a recreational vehicles.
b. Farm and Ranch Vehicles vehicles that are: controlled and operated by a farmer or rancher or an employee of a farmer or rancher; used to transport agricultural products, agricultural machinery or agricultural supplies to or from a farm or ranch; used within 150 miles of the ranch or farm; and not used in the operations of a motor carrier or otherwise used for hire.
c. Fire Fighting Vehicles vehicles manufactured for and equipped to fight fires and equipped with audible and visual signals and operated by a person who is a member of a volunteer or paid fire organization.
d. Military Vehicles - all vehicles owned or operated by the department of defense and operated by non-civilian operators. [Note: Military drivers are, however, typically licensed by the military, so would not normally need a New Mexico Class E license.]
All applicants for a Class E license must provide a Vehicle Certification - MVD form #10414. THIS IS YOUR DOCUMENTATION FOR WHY YOU ISSUED THE EXEMPTION. MAKE SURE THAT THE APPLICANT IS QUALIFIED TO RECEIVE IT.
a. RV driver may sign for himself, both first time and upon renewal.
b. Farm or Ranch owner may sign for himself, both first time and upon renewal; however, the farmer/rancher must sign, both first time and upon renewal, for employee-applicant.
c. Fire Fighters Fire Chief must sign, both first time and upon renewal.
Driver Services Bureau"
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