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Las Vegas Drivers License, Education, Permits & Renewals FAQ

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Getting a driver’s license is a privilege, not a right, and those interested must meet certain requirements. At Ladah Law, we take road safety very seriously because we have seen how damaging accidents can be. Below, we present some of the more common questions we get asked about driver’s licenses and other related issues.

Can I Get a Driver’s License in Nevada?

Anyone 18 or older can apply for a driver’s license without needing to get a permit first. If you are under 18, then you will need a learner’s permit for at least 6 months and must also satisfy other requirements. Any adult can apply for a driver’s license if they are a Nevada resident and are legally allowed to be in the United States. This means illegal aliens cannot apply.

What Documents Do I Need for a License?

To get a REAL ID compliant license, you will need to provide certain documents to establish your identity. A license that is REAL ID compliant is necessary if you want to use the license to gain access to federal buildings or before going through TSA screening at an airport.
You need the following documents:

  • One document that shows you are authorized to be in the United States. This can be a valid license from another state, a state ID card, or a US-issued passport.
  • One document showing your Social Security Number. You can use your Social Security Card or a W-2 issued within the last two years.
  • Two documents showing that you are a resident of Nevada. These do not need to be documents issued by the government but could include bank correspondence, utility bills, rental agreements, or a mortgage.

You will also need to complete an application for a license.

What is a Driver Authorization Card?

This is a license that is not REAL ID compliant. You will not be able to use it to access federal buildings. You can get this authorization card if you do not have an SSN.

When Can I Apply for a Permit?

Those under 18 cannot apply for a driver’s license unless they have a learner’s permit first. You must be at least 15.5 years old to apply for your learner’s permit.

What is the Required Driver Education Course for a Permit?

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Those under 18 must complete new driver training. This training, often referred to as “driver’s ed,” is offered online, at local high schools, and at training facilities licensed by the DMV. There is no exemption for those who are home-schooled. If you are 18 or older, you do not need to take driver’s ed.

The course will consist of 30 hours of instruction in the classroom. Some private schools might offer a course that consists of 15 hours in the classroom and 5 hours behind the wheel.

When you complete the class, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Hold onto this. You will submit it to the DMV when you apply to receive a full license. Some high schools issue report cards instead.

A note: You can start taking new driver training at age 15, though you cannot apply for a learner’s permit until you are 15 ½.

How Do I Apply for a Permit?

You can apply for your permit by going to your local Nevada DMV office and doing the following:

  • Submit Form DMV 002, Driver’s License, Driver Authorization Card, or Identification Car Application. Your guardian will also sign the financial responsibility section.
  • Show proof of your identity, residency in Nevada, and Social Security Number.
  • Bring your completed Certificate of Attendance, DMV 301. This shows you have been attending school.
  • You will also need to take a vision test and a written permit test. The permit test is made up of 25 multiple-choice questions.

Your permit is valid for 1 year. You must apply for a new one if it expires. If it has been expired for 31 or more days, then you will need to take the written test again.

What Are the Driving Requirements for those with a Permit?

Those with a permit need to drive a certain amount before they can apply for a license. Nevada requires that you complete at least 50 hours of practice driving, with at least 10 of those hours at night. Someone 21 or older must be seated beside you at all times. You should keep a Beginning Driver Experience Log, which you will submit to the DMV when you apply for your full license.

Some people in rural areas cannot take a driver’s education course because one is not offered within 30 miles, and the driver cannot use the Internet to take an online class. In that case, the teen must complete 100 hours of driver training, with 10 of those hours at night.

What Tests Do I Have to Take to Get a Driver’s License in Nevada?

Applicants must pass the following exams before they can get a driver’s license:

  • Eye exam
  • Written test
  • Driving test

If you are under 18, you must have held your learner’s permit for at least 6 months and have completed other requirements.

What Restrictions Are Placed on Young Drivers?

  • Teens can get a license at 16. However, the state places restrictions on drivers who are under 18:
  • For the first 6 months of having a license, young driver many not have any passengers under the age of 18 riding in the vehicle except for immediate family members. In other words, you can have your little brother with you but not your friends.
  • A driver under 18 cannot be on the road between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am unless they are traveling to or from work or a school event.

Does Someone Who Has Moved to Nevada Need to Take the Exams?

Maybe not all of them. If you are at least 21, have a valid license from another state, and have moved to Nevada, you will probably only have to take the eye exam. The written test and the driving test are usually waived unless you have had a license suspension.

What Do I Need to Get a Motorcycle License?

If you have an endorsement from another state, it will usually transfer to Nevada. Visit the DMV.
New motorcyclists can get a Class M added to their existing license by either:

  • Taking an approved course certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation
  • Taking the DMV motorcycle written test and a skills test

If you choose to take the test, you can take it at a DMV Full Service Office. You will need to take the Class C written test along with the Class M if you do not yet hold a Class C license.
If you are under 18, you must comply with all of the state’s Teen Driving Requirements even if on your motorcycle. This means not having underage passengers and not driving between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am in most circumstances.

Do I Need a Motorcycle Permit First?

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If you are over 18, it is up to you whether to get a permit. If you are under 18, then you must have a motorcycle instruction permit for at least 6 months. You’ll also need to complete 50 hours of supervised driving with someone who is 21 or older. Those under 18 must also complete a motorcycle safety course.

Permits are valid for 6 months if you are 18 and older, or valid for 1 year if you are under 18. A permit will expire when a minor reaches age 18.

How Do I Renew My Driver License?

You will probably receive a renewal notice in the mail. Even if you don’t, it is still your duty to renew your license in a timely fashion so that it does not expire.
There are several options for renewing:

  • In-person. You can renew in person at a DMV office at any time. Larger DMV offices might let you schedule an appointment.
  • Online. You can use online renewal if you have a full-page renewal notice. You must create a
  • DMV account first before you can renew.
  • Mail. If you have a full-page renewal notice, you can renew by mail.

If you are out of state and your renewal deadline is approaching, you can complete DMV 04 if you cannot reach a DMV office in time. You should email or call the DMV office at 877-368-7828 before taking this step, however.

The fees for renewal are always changing; call the DMV to check.

When Must I Take a Knowledge Test to Renew My License?

This test is required if you have had more than 2 moving violations within the past 4 years. You will also need to take a knowledge test if you had a revocation, cancellation, suspension, or denial within the past 4 years.

Can I Get a Late License Renewal?

You can. A $10 late fee is assessed if your license has been expired for 31 or more days. You will need to take a written test if your license has been expired for at least one year. You will also need to take the skills test if your license has been expired for at least 4 years.

Can I Renew Early?

Yes. You can renew in person at any DMV office regardless of where you reside. Early renewal is recommended if you expect to be outside the state when your license expires.

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