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Beginning Drivers 18 & Older

Adult Driver License

If you are under 18, see Nevada Teen Driving. If you are currently licensed in the U.S. and are moving to Nevada, see our New Resident Guide.

You must provide proof of identity and take all three tests - vision, knowledge and skills - if you have never been licensed in the U.S. or if your prior U.S. license has been expired, suspended or revoked for more than one year. See Testing for details.

Apply for an Instruction Permit first. if granted, you will then be eligible to schedule a driving skills test and obtain a full license.

Driver education is not required for beginning drivers 18 and older. If you desire instruction, see Professional Drive Schools.

Proof of Identity

Nevada has two sets of requirements for proof of identity. Most motorists will apply for a standard Driver's License. Those who cannot meet the requirements for a standard license may apply for a Driver Authorization Card (DAC), which is not valid for identification.

Please review each and determine which is right for you.

Veteran Designator and Organ Donation

Veterans with an honorable discharge may present their DD-214 form to have a Veteran designator placed on their license. Visit archives.gov to obtain a copy of your DD-214. Anyone may elect to become an Organ Donor.

How to Apply

To apply for an original Nevada Instruction Permit, you must:

Most original licenses will be valid for eight years and cost $41.25. Licenses for those 65 and older are valid for four years and cost $17.25. A $25 testing fee will be charged prior to the written test and covers both the written test and the initial skills test. A $10 retest fee will apply to all retakes.

Any existing ID you may have will be hole-punched and returned to you. You will be issued an interim paper document that certifies your driving privilege. You may choose to receive a Nevada Instruction Permit or to schedule a drive test.

If you receive an Instruction Permit, it will be mailed to you within 10 business days. You may drive only with a licensed driver, 21 years or older, with at least one year of driving experience seated next to you at all times.

You may schedule a driving skills test to obtain your full Driver License. You will be issued an interim document after successful completion of the skills test for a fee of $3.25. The license will then be mailed to you within 10 business days. See Driver License Testing.

Suspensions and Revocations

If your driving privilege is suspended or revoked in Nevada or another U.S. state, you must follow that state's reinstatement requirements. The DMV checks the national Problem Driver Pointer System, Social Security Online Verification and the validity of your address. See Driver License Suspensions - Out of State Issues and Answers.

Non U.S. Citizens

Nevada does not issue licenses or ID cards to tourists. Other non U.S. citizens may, or may not, be eligible for a license or a driver authorization card depending on their specific immigration status. 

Email or call your local DMV office before applying for a license. Please include the Status Code issued by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. The type of license or ID issued is determined by immigration status.

Non citizens who possess U.S. issued immigration documents may qualify for a standard license or ID card. See Proof of Identity for a Standard Driver License, Commercial Driver License or Identification Card.

Others may qualify for a Driver Authorization Card, which is not valid for identification. See Proof of Identity for a Driver Authorization Card.

Non U.S. Citizens who have applied for, but not received, a Social Security number may attest to this on the driver license application. They are not required to provide proof of a Social Security number.

Resources

Driver Handbooks (PDF Format)
English | Spanish | Motorcycle
Beginning Driver Training Guide
English | Spanish
Use the Driver Handbook to study for the written test. The Beginning Driver guide is for practical training.
Non-Commercial Study Guide
Class A & B, J Endorsement
Commercial
Full Handbook | Hazardous Materials

Sample Knowledge Test

Interactive | Text Only

Laws

Traffic Law Summary & Education Campaigns

Driver Licenses - NRS Chapter 483

Administrative Code - NAC 483

Motorcycle Licenses - NRS Chapter 486

Traffic Laws - Chapter NRS 484A - 484E

All Motor Vehicle Laws