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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
Residents of Nevada dealing with lost or stolen drivers licenses must apply for duplicate drivers licenses. Residents are not required to report lost or stolen drivers licenses to the police. However, the Nevada DMV recommends that residents file a police report and bring it to the DMV office to have it on file. Residents must still pay the duplicate drivers license fee of $17.25 (fees may vary).

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Nevada Driver’s License or ID Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
Visit the Nevada DMV website to review the official Driver s Manual. The Nevada DMV provides residents with a Driver s Handbook filled with important driving educational information like:

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Nevada

How can I renew my drivers license?
Residents of Nevada with expired drivers licenses can apply for a drivers license renewal with the Nevada DMV online, by mail, at a self-service kiosk or in person at a local Nevada DMV office. A few weeks before your expiration date, you should receive a renewal notice from the DMV.

To apply for a drivers license renewal online or at a self-service kiosk, residents will need their drivers license renewal notices with the access code provided on the document. To apply for a drivers license renewal by mail, follow the mailing instructions on the drivers license renewal notice.

If the drivers license renewal notice says that the resident must apply in person, or the resident hasn t received a drivers license renewal notice, they must apply in person at a DMV office. Residents should bring proof of identity with them (expired license is sufficient), as well as the drivers license renewal fee ($41.25 for eight-year licenses, $22.25 for four-year licenses and $17.25 for drivers over 65; fees may vary).

Drivers license renewal applications processed in person require residents to retake the knowledge test if they have more than two moving violations, a license suspension, revocation, cancellation or denial on their record within the last four years. Residents may also have to retake the driving skills test.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Nevada

How do I apply for a drivers license?
To get a drivers license, first apply for a Nevada learners permit. To do so, visit a local Nevada DMV office in person (no online or mail applications) with the following documents:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residency
  • Any existing U.S. drivers licenses, learners permits or ID cards
  • Completed Application for Driving Privileges
  • Test fee
  • License fee

Drivers will also have to pass a vision exam and the written knowledge test before getting a drivers license.

Full license fees are $41.25 (fees may vary). New licenses are valid for either eight or four years depending on the year the driver was born.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Nevada

How do I get a hardship license?
Residents of Nevada with drivers license suspensions may be eligible for a hardship license after serving at least half of their suspension period. Hardship licenses may be used to drive to and from work, school, grocery stores, medical appointments and court-ordered child visitations. To apply for a hardship license, print and complete a Restricted License Application. Additionally, gather the required documents as follows:

  • Driving to and from work: Drivers should have employers fill out the employment section of the Restricted License Application
  • Driving for medical purposes: provide required physician s statement
  • Driving to and from grocery stores or medical appointments: Verification of Need affidavit completed by unbiased individual and signed in front of a DMV official

Additionally, residents may be required to submit to driving tests, as well as provide proof of insurance. Drivers required to install ignition interlock devices must provide proof of the installation. Certain suspensions require drivers to also attend a traffic safety course.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Nevada

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Drivers who are active-duty military can apply for a duplicate drivers license through the postal mail by printing and completing an Application for Nevada Driver s License by Mail. Mail the application along with the required documents and the $17.25 duplicate drivers license fee (fees may vary) to the following address:

Alternate Services

555 Wright Way

Carson City, NV 89711

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Nevada Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
You can order a duplicate drivers license online, at a self-service DMV kiosk or in person at a local Nevada DMV office. To order online, visit the Nevada DMV website s Online Request for a Duplicate Drivers License page. Full name, date of birth and Social Security Number details will be requested to complete the online request.

To order a duplicate drivers license at a self-service kiosk, visit any DMV office where a self-service kiosk is present. Duplicate drivers licenses applied for at kiosks cannot be suspended or revoked, and cannot be expiring within the next 60 days. Commercial drivers license holders cannot order duplicate drivers licenses at kiosks. There is an additional $1 service fee for using kiosks .

To order a duplicate drivers license in person, visit any local DMV office with proper photo identification. The fee for duplicate drivers licenses is $17.25 (fees may vary).

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Nevada Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
Residents of Nevada who have accrued 12 or more points on their driving record in the space of one year due to various traffic offenses will receive a six-month drivers license suspension. Drivers facing a points drivers license suspension will receive a certified letter in the mail from the Nevada DMV notifying them of the pending suspension. Prior to the suspension, drivers will have a chance to defend their case in a court hearing conducted by the Office of Administrative Hearings.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Nevada

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
For drivers with drivers license suspensions, the requirements for reinstating suspended drivers licenses varies depending on the offense that led to the drivers license suspension. All reinstatement requirements are outlined in the notice sent out to residents at the time of the suspension sentencing. Requirements include waiting for the suspension period to end as well as paying the suspended drivers license fees. Once all requirements have been met, contact a local Nevada DMV office to apply for suspended drivers license reinstatement.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Nevada

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Residents of Nevada who are active-duty members of the military may renew drivers licenses by mail or the Internet using their drivers license renewal notices. Residents who have not received a drivers license renewal notice or received one without an Internet access code can still apply by mail if they meet the following requirements:

  • Active-duty military member
  • Current Nevada resident
  • Out-of-state mailing address
  • No current suspensions, revocations, cancellations or denials on record
  • Not in possession of a commercial drivers license
  • License is either current or has been expired for less than two years

Residents who meet all the above requirements can apply for a drivers license renewal by printing and completing an Application for Nevada Driver s License by Mail and mailing it along with a Leave and Earnings Statement and the drivers license renewal fee. Fees can be paid by check, money order or filling out a Credit Card Authorization form.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Nevada

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
Residents of Nevada who are dealing with a lost or stolen drivers license should apply for a duplicate drivers license through the Nevada DMV. Residents who are not U.S. citizens should visit a local Nevada DMV office and follow the same procedures as citizens for purchasing a duplicate drivers license. Residents will need to provide proof of identity documents based on their U.S. residency status. Any of the following forms are acceptable:

  • Permanent Residents:
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Certificate of Citizenship
    • Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
    • Valid foreign passport
    • Permit to Reenter the U.S. (must be accompanied by acceptable immigration document)
    • Refugee Travel Documents (must be accompanied by acceptable immigration document)
  • Limited-Term Residents:
    • Employment Authorization Card
    • Valid foreign passport (with U.S. Visa and I-94 form)
    • I-94 (with either Visa or Passport)
    • Unexpired Temporary Resident Card (accompanied by another limited-term document)

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Nevada Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
Residents who are out of state and have lost drivers licenses can apply for a duplicate drivers license through the mail. To do so, print and complete an Application for Nevada Driver s License by Mail. Residents must have a vision specialist fill out the section marked “Certificate of Vision Examination.” Send the application with the duplicate drivers license fee to the following address:

Alternate Services

555 Wright Way

Carson City, NV 89711

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Nevada Driver’s License or ID Card

How does the DMV check my vision?
Residents of Nevada who would like to apply for drivers licenses must do so in person at a local Nevada DMV office. Drivers must meet a set of requirements to receive a drivers license, including passing a written knowledge test, road skills test and submitting to a vision exam. The vision exam tests the driver s ability to see at the minimum acceptable level of 20/40. Drivers with results below this level will have a Restriction B put on their driving license and must wear contact lens or glasses to drive.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Nevada

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
Residents of Nevada with drivers licenses are subject to implied consent laws when it comes to DUI and DWI stops. Law enforcement officials in Nevada are allowed to use reasonable force with regards to getting driver to submit to a chemical test, including the use of constraints. Drivers who resist and continue to refuse a blood, breath or urine test are subject to a year-long drivers license suspension.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Nevada

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
Residents of Nevada with approaching expiration dates for their drivers licenses are urged to renew drivers licenses early. Residents are able to apply for a drivers license replacement at any time in person at a Nevada DMV office, regardless of the driver s city or county of residence. Residents applying less than six months prior to their expiration date will have the expiration date extended either four or eight years ahead. Residents applying for drivers license renewals six months to a year prior to their expiration date will have their expiration date extended either three or seven years ahead.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Nevada

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
Residents of Nevada who are dealing with recently lost or stolen drivers licenses should apply for a duplicate drivers license through the Nevada DMV. Residents should also file a police report for the loss/theft and bring the report to the DMV office to put it on their file. Residents are still required to pay the $17.25 fee for a duplicate drivers license. Duplicate drivers license fees are required for all residents, with the exception of homeless individuals who are given a one-time fee waiver. To receive the fee waiver, individuals should fill out the Declaration of Homeless Status form.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Nevada Driver’s License or ID Card

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
Residents of Nevada with expired drivers licenses can apply for drivers license renewals online, by mail, at a self-service kiosk or in person at a local Nevada DMV office depending on their eligibility. There is no age limit for renewing drivers licenses. However, drivers over 70 may be required to renew drivers licenses in person so they can take a vision test and/or physical exam.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Nevada

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
To order a drivers license replacement by mail is an option only for out-of-state residents. Print and complete the file then mail it to provide on the Application for Nevada Driver s License by Mail, and mail it with a check to:

Alternate Services

555 Wright Way

Carson City, NV 89711

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Nevada Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
Senior drivers in Nevada who would like to renew expired drivers licenses can do so either online, by mail, at a DMV self-service kiosk or in person at a local Nevada DMV office. Drivers in Nevada aged 65 or older can obtain a renewed drivers license valid for four years for a fee of $17.25. Senior drivers who have been driving with an instruction permit and have completed the requirements to obtain a full license will pay a $3.25 fee to transition (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Nevada

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
Residents of Nevada can be dealt a drivers license suspension for certain violations. Offenses that result in a suspended drivers license include:

  • Point suspension Any driver who accrues 12 or more points on their driving record within a year period
  • DUI Any driver found through breath, blood or urine test to have a blood alcohol content above the legal limit while operating a motor vehicle
  • Accidents with bicyclist/pedestrian Any drivers who cause an accident with a bicyclist or pedestrian
  • Failure to appear Drivers who fail to appear for a court date due to a traffic ticket
  • Security deposit Any drivers involved in accidents with over $750 worth of damage who are found to not have liability insurance
  • Failure to maintain auto insurance
  • Child support Drivers who have not paid court-ordered child support payments
  • Graffiti Drivers found guilty of graffiti violations
  • Firearms Any juvenile drivers found guilty of firearm offenses
  • Street racing Drivers found guilty of organizing and/or participating in illegal street racing events on Nevada public highways
  • Alcohol and drugs Any juvenile drivers found guilty of purchasing or drinking/using alcohol beverages or controlled substances

For more information: Suspended License Information for Nevada

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
Residents of Nevada with suspended drivers licenses are required to satisfy all suspension requirements and apply for a suspended drivers license reinstatement before operating motor vehicles in the state. Penalties for driving with a suspended drivers license include anywhere from $500 to $1,000 in fines and 30 days to six months in jail. Additionally, the resident s drivers license suspension may be extended.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Nevada

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
Residents of Nevada who have lost, damaged or stolen drivers licenses should purchase a duplicate drivers license. Residents can fill out a duplicate drivers license application either online, at a self-service kiosk, in person at a local Nevada DMV office or by mail (out of state only). The fee for a duplicate drivers license is $17.25. Residents purchasing a duplicate drivers license at a self-service kiosk must also pay a $1 service fee.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Nevada Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
Residents of Nevada with suspended drivers licenses must meet certain requirements before they can reinstate suspended drivers licenses. In addition to waiting the required amount of time for the suspension period to end, drivers must also meet various other obligations outlined in the notice sent out by the Nevada DMV at the time of the drivers license suspension. Part of these requirements will be to pay a fee, which varies depending on the offense that led to the drivers license suspension.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Nevada

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
Residents of Nevada with suspended drivers licenses are eligible for a hardship license for all offenses aside from the following:

  • Drivers required to have Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) installed (specific requirements exist for IID drivers)
  • Drivers with child support suspensions
  • Select juvenile driver suspensions

Drivers must serve at least half of their drivers license suspension period prior to applying for a hardship license. Drivers with commercial drivers licenses may not apply for hardship licenses. Hardship licenses can be used to drive to and from work, school, grocery stores, medical appointments and court-ordered child visits.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Nevada

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
Residents of Nevada who would like to obtain drivers licenses in the state must apply in person at a local Nevada DMV office. As part of the licensing requirements, drivers must pass a vision exam, written knowledge test and road skills test. The written knowledge test consists of 50 questions and must be passed with a score of 80 percent or higher. The road skills test must be passed before a drivers license can be issued. Drivers who fail either the road skills test or knowledge test must take it again for a retesting fee of $10 (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Nevada

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
To apply for drivers licenses in the state, present the following documents:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residency
  • Any existing U.S. drivers licenses, learners permits or ID cards
  • Completed Application for Driving Privileges
  • Test fee
  • License fee

Full drivers license fees are $41.25 (fees may vary). Drivers licenses are mailed out within 10 business days of application, drivers receive an interim document for $3.25 for the duration of the wait.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Nevada

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
Residents of Nevada with expired drivers licenses must apply for drivers license renewals with the Nevada DMV. Required documents include:

  • Drivers license renewal notice (for online, mail and kiosk drivers license renewals)
  • Expired drivers license (if applying in-person)

In-person applicants with two moving violations, a suspension, revocation, cancellation or denial on their record will also have to retake the knowledge and drive skills tests.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Nevada

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
Residents of Nevada looking to obtain duplicate drivers licenses can request one online, at a self-service kiosk or in person at a local Nevada DMV office. If applying online or at a kiosk, residents must provide their name and Social Security Number. Residents who would like to obtain a Real ID compliant license must visit a DMV office in person with the required proof of identity, proof of address and Social Security documents. Acceptable documents include:

  • One proof of identity
    • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
    • Valid U.S. Passport or Passport Card
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
    • Out-of-state driver s license, permit or ID card with Real ID marking
    • Permanent Residents:
      • Certificate of Naturalization
      • Certificate of Citizenship
      • Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
      • Valid foreign passport
      • Permit to Reenter the U.S. (must be accompanied by acceptable immigration document)
      • Refugee Travel Documents (must be accompanied by acceptable immigration document)
    • Two proofs of address
      • Receipt for rent or lease
      • Lease agreement
      • Record from a public utility service
      • Bank/credit card statement
      • Paycheck stub
      • Federal or state court document
      • Record from Nevada educational institution
      • Record from Nevada hotel, motel, RV park or campground with 30 days consecutive residence
      • Nevada voter registration card
      • Receipt of benefits from Nevada public assistance program
      • Leave and Earnings Statement indicating Nevada residency for member of the military deployed outside Nevada
      • Notarized statement from residence owner indicating applicant physically resides at their residence
    • One proof of Social Security
      • Social Security Card
      • W-2
      • IRS Form 1099
      • IRS Form 1099A
      • Paycheck stub with complete Social Security number listed

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Nevada Driver’s License or ID Card

What languages is the written test available in?
Nevada residents who would like to apply for drivers licenses must do so in person at a local Nevada DMV office. Written knowledge tests consist of 50 multiple choice questions and must be passed with a score of 80 percent or higher. Knowledge tests are conducted on touch-screen computers in either English or Spanish, with audio-based options available as well.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Nevada

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
If your license is expired within 30 days past the expiration date, you won t have to pay a late drivers license renewal fee. Drivers licenses that are expired for more than 30 days will be assessed a $10 late fee. Drivers licenses that have been expired for one year or more will require the residents in question to apply for a drivers license renewal in person where they must retake the written knowledge test. Applicants with licenses that have been expired for four or more years will be required to retake the driving skills test to receive their drivers license renewal.

It is against Nevada law to operate a motor vehicle without a valid and current drivers license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Nevada

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
The Nevada DMV has transitioned to a Central Issuance program in an effort to prevent identity theft. Mailed drivers license renewals should be received within 10 business days. Residents who have not received their drivers license renewals in that time period should contact a local Nevada DMV office.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Nevada

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
During the drivers license application process, residents must take a number of tests, including a vision exam, written knowledge test and road skills tests. The vision exam and written knowledge test are taken when a driver is receiving their learners permit. Once the learners permit is received, a driver is eligible for the road skills test. Passing the road skills test will make drivers eligible for a full drivers license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Nevada

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
You can apply for drivers license with varying restrictions:

  • Learner s permit: Minor or drivers who have never held a license in Nevada
  • Original non-commercial license: Drivers who have already satisfied the learner s permit requirements
  • Motorcycle Class: Motorcycle drivers

Residents should make sure to bring all required documents to the DMV office when applying for drivers licenses. Additionally, the driver is required to submit to a vision exam, written knowledge test and road skills test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Nevada

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
Drivers in Nevada with suspended drivers licenses must meet all the requirements before applying to reinstate. Drivers license suspension periods depend on the offense committed, and can range from a few months to a few years. In the case of a drivers license suspension, the Nevada DMV will mail out a notification outlining the suspension period and all the requirements that must be met before residents may reinstate suspended drivers licenses.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Nevada

When will I need to renew my license?
The Nevada DMV has started to transition from four-year drivers licenses to eight-year licenses. Drivers currently renewing drivers licenses will receive a different license depending on their age and the year they were born:

  • Born in even-numbered year: eight-year licenses
  • Born in odd-numbered year: four-year licenses
  • Drivers over 65: four-year licenses

All drivers applying for drivers license renewals after 2018 will be issued an eight-year license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Nevada

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
Residents of Nevada dealing with damaged, lost or stolen drivers licenses must apply for a duplicate drivers license online, at a self-service kiosk, in person at a local Nevada DMV office or by mail (out-of-state requests only). Nevada issues all drivers licenses through a Central Issuance Licensing System, which can take up to 20 days to arrive in the mail. However, drivers are issued an interim license document that will serve as a drivers license until they receive their duplicate drivers license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Nevada Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
Drivers in Nevada who would like to check if there are any drivers license suspensions on their driving record can do so by contacting the Nevada DMV by email, postal mail, phone or in person at a local Nevada DMV office. To contact the Nevada DMV by email, visit the Nevada DMV website. To contact by postal mail, send a letter to the following address:

DMV Driver License Review

555 Wright Way

Carson City, NV 89711-0400

To contact the Nevada DMV by phone, contact the corresponding number:

Las Vegas: 702-486-4368.

Reno/Carson City: 775-684-4368.

Rural Nevada: 1-877-368-7828.

TDD/hearing impaired customers: 775-684-4904.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Nevada

Where can I get a new drivers license?
Residents of Nevada who would like to apply for drivers licenses must do so in person at a local Nevada DMV office. Drivers license applications cannot be processed online or by mail. Residents should make sure to bring the following documents and items with them when applying for drivers licenses:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residency
  • Any existing U.S. drivers licenses, learners permits or ID cards
  • Completed Application for Driving Privileges
  • Test fee
  • License fee

Drivers licenses are mailed within 10 business days of application receipt.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Nevada

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
Most residents of Nevada applying for drivers license renewals are eligible to receive their renewals with the drivers license renewal notices and proof of identity. However, residents with licenses that have been expired for an extended period of time as well as residents aged 71 or older may have to take a vision test, as well as retake the written knowledge and driving skills tests.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Nevada

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Drivers license renewal notices are sent out by the DMV as a courtesy, complete with instructions on eligibility and way to apply online, by mail, as a self-service kiosk or in person at a local Nevada DMV office. Residents who have not received a drivers license renewal notice must still apply for a drivers license renewal prior to the expiration date to avoid late fees.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Nevada