The process for getting a Nevada drivers license varies for different age groups. If you're under 18, here is a general outline of the steps you'll need to take in order to earn your drivers license:
- Take a DMV-approved Nevada drivers education course
- Study for and take the Nevada learners permit / instruction permit test
- Practice driving under supervision
- Take the driving test for your Nevada drivers license
For more details, check out our step-by-step Nevada drivers license instructions.
Currently, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (NV DMV) does not accept appointments for license applications, vision, or knowledge tests, but the driving skills test is administered by appointment or on a stand-by basis.
You need to be at least 15½ years old to apply for your instruction permit. See Step 2 above for details on what to bring with you and what to expect when applying for your instruction permit.
Once you pass the written permit test, you'll be issued a Nevada instruction permit. Instruction permits are valid for one year. The instruction permit allows you to drive under the supervision of a licensed driver 21 years old or older who has at least one year of driving experience. In order to be eligible for the driving test and the full drivers license, you must hold your permit for 6 months.
During this period, if you are under 18, you will be required to complete a drivers education course like the one at DriversEd.com and obtain an official certificate of completion. You must also complete at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Ten of these hours must be completed at night. If driver education is not offered within a 30-mile radius of your residential address, you are required to complete 100 hours of behind-the-wheel training. You must keep a written log of the dates and times of this experience on the form provided by the DMV.
You must be 16 years old to apply for a full license. You must also:
- hold a valid instruction permit for at least six months prior to applying
- have no at-fault accidents in the six months prior to applying
- have no moving violation convictions in the six months prior to applying
- have no alcohol or drug convictions of any kind in the six months prior to applying
If you meet to the above requirements, you may apply for the driving test. When you are ready to take the driving test, you can make an appointment by calling your local DMV. Please bring the following to your driving test:
- Drivers Education Certificate of Completion
- Completed log form for behind-the-wheel experience
- Instruction Permit
- Parent or Guardian to sign the Financial Responsibility Statement and Affidavit for Minor to be Licensed
- Registered and insured vehicle
Upon the completion of the test, you will be required to pay the license fee and the DMV will issue you with a full drivers license. The license fee is $2.25.
The following restrictions will apply to your license:
- Young drivers may not transport any passenger under 18, except for immediate family members, for the first six months after the license was issued.
- Drivers under 18 may not drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they are traveling to or from a scheduled event such as school events or work. Law enforcement may ask for satisfactory evidence of the event. This applies to all drivers until they turn 18. It is illegal to drive in violation of any local curfew law.
Note: This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm all details directly with the NV DMV. You can visit the NV DMV website or call in for general drivers license and registration information.
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