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All drivers must obtain a Nevada drivers license if they plan to get behind the wheel of a car within the state. An NV DMV drivers license grants motorists permission to drive on public roads and highways, and also serves as a government-recognized identification document. To obtain a new drivers license, driving applicants must first fulfill the requirements set by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Did you know? Most new drivers fail the written driving test on the first try. Use our DMV practice exam as a training tool to fully prepare for exam day.

How to Apply for a Nevada Driver's License:

  • Visit an NV DMV location.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass the written DMV exam.
  • Take and pass the driving test.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Pay Nevada driver's license fees.

The topics below cover everything you need to know about getting drivers licenses in Nevada.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Nevada

Drivers license applications are available for both standard state drivers licenses and CDL drivers licenses. Available driving license classes include the following:

  • Class C learners drivers license - gives teen drivers permission to operate a vehicle under certain restrictions.
  • Class C drivers license - gives drivers permission to operate a non-commercial vehicle that weighs less than 26,001 pounds.
  • Motorcycle license - gives drivers permission to operate a motorcycle or moped.
  • Commercial drivers license (Class A, B or C CDL) - gives drivers permission to operate commercial vehicles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Nevada

State drivers licenses certify that the license holder is authorized to operate a motor vehicle in Nevada. A new drivers license is granted only when applicants meet all of the requirements set by the NV Department of Motor Vehicles. To get drivers license privileges, you must pass a series of exams and provide identification documents, as well as proof of in-state residency and Social Security Number.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Nevada New Drivers (Over 18)

The NV DMV requires all first-time Nevada drivers license applicants to take a written driver's test.

NV Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Drivers preparing for the written exam can benefit from reviewing a study guide and taking a practice drivers permit test. Our Nevada DMV practice test contains similar questions to the official DMV exam, so it will thoroughly prepare you for test day.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in NV

To get driving license privileges in NV, you must visit a local DMV to present the necessary documentation. New driving license applicants are required to provide the following documents:

  • Proof of identity with full legal name and date of birth.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of Nevada residency.

NV Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

Driving applicants must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a full Nevada DMV drivers license. You will be required to provide the proper documentation and pass a written driver's exam, a driving skills exam and a vision exam.

NV Written/Driving Test

An NV drivers license is only issued after the driving applicant receives a passing score on their written and driving skills tests. Taking a practice permit test is one of the best ways to help you prepare for the exam. Our DMV practice test contains similar questions to the ones you will encounter on the actual exam.

NV Driving Test

The Nevada driver's test is used to assess a driving applicant's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and obey traffic laws. Select maneuvers that you may encounter during the exam include the following:

  • Your ability to control your speed.
  • Your ability to use the proper lanes.
  • Your ability to properly enter traffic.
  • Your ability to safely back up.

Only the driving applicant and DMV examiner are allowed in the vehicle during the driving skills exam. The driving applicant is responsible for supplying a safe vehicle that is fully insured and registered. Your new drivers license will be issued upon successful completion of the road test.

New Nevada Resident

If you are a new resident to the state of Nevada, then you must visit a local DMV branch to transfer your out-of-state driver's license within 30 days of moving. To get a new drivers license, you will be required to show proof of identity, Social Security Number (if applicable) and in-state residency. New Nevada residents will also have to obtain state-issued car insurance. In some cases, new residents with an out-of-state license may be considered exempt from taking a written driver's test and a driving skills exam.

Aside from getting a state drivers license, new residents must also get a Nevada car title and registration. If you recently bought a used vehicle that has never been registered in NV, you are required to complete a VIN inspection. A VIN inspection can be done by a law enforcement officer. For residents who live in or near Gardnerville or Carson City, the VIN inspection can be completed at an authorized inspection station. Additionally, vehicles based in and around Las Vegas and Reno are required to undergo an emissions inspection at a privately-owned inspection agency.

Replace Driver's License in Nevada

Drivers in need of an NV replacement drivers license can apply for one either online, at a specialized DMV kiosk or at a nearby DMV branch. For more information about applying for a duplicate drivers license, click here.

Locate a DMV in Nevada

Visit our NV DMV locations page to get contact information for DMV branches in your immediate vicinity.

Submitted by Antonioneedsacar (not verified) on 30th Jan 2012

Hello i already have had my

Hello i already have had my permit for soem time and all i need it to know were on this site i can print out an hour sheet for my drivers licens and how to make an appointment for it

Submitted by nhardin (not verified) on 29th Nov 2011

What is the procedure to

What is the procedure to change my name back to my maiden name after a divorce

Submitted by Twig_2 (not verified) on 8th Sep 2011

Hello, I am 18 years old and

Hello, I am 18 years old and I want to scedule a drive test. Now the question I have are, I already had my permit here in Nevada but it expired last year, do I still have to do the written test to get my license?

Submitted by cjaaaaay (not verified) on 24th Aug 2011

how do i schedule an

how do i schedule an appointment for my drivers test?

Submitted by Twig_2 (not verified) on 8th Sep 2011

you can either go to

you can either go to dmv.nv.org (http://dmv.nv.org) and look for Drivers Licence Test and set an appt. online or call your near by DMV and set one through the phone

Submitted by Anonymous on 18th Apr 2011

I completed a course of

I completed a course of drivers ed in 10th grade, im turning 16 in august, do i have to have a permit before i get my license? can you send information to this emai metioo2013@gmail.com

Submitted by Anonymous on 3rd Apr 2011

would like to make an

would like to make an appointment to take the drivers test

Submitted by patricia.tobacco.town (not verified) on 25th Jul 2011

my name is christopher

my name is christopher lambert and i would like to make a appointment for wednesday july 27 12:00 pm..

Submitted by Anonymous on 28th Feb 2011

Hello my mom is cittezen an

Hello my mom is cittezen an petition for my I. Have priority date and my visa is not expire is valid

Submitted by Anonymous on 29th Jan 2011

if you are over the age of 18

if you are over the age of 18 do you have to still get a permit?

Submitted by Twig_2 (not verified) on 8th Sep 2011

no, you do not.

no, you do not.

Submitted by Anonymous on 29th Jan 2011

do you have to pay for the

do you have to pay for the written test? or just after the first one?

Submitted by Twig_2 (not verified) on 8th Sep 2011

yes you do. its $10.00 each

yes you do. its $10.00 each time you take it. Its stupid but its life

Submitted by Anonymous on 29th Jan 2011

do you have to pay for the

do you have to pay for the written test? or just after the first one?

Submitted by 91christal (not verified) on 13th Jun 2010

i would like to know how

i would like to know how would be able to make an appointment to get my license, and if you are over 18 do you have to do the written test?

Submitted by Twig_2 (not verified) on 8th Sep 2011

I asked the same thing, once

I asked the same thing, once you find out, let me know? Please and thank you

Submitted by marisela galvan (not verified) on 27th Aug 2009

i want to take the license

i want to take the license test but in writen can i do that?

Submitted by drawyer1 (not verified) on 31st Jul 2009

I want to take my written

I want to take my written test. How can I make an apointment?

Submitted by drawyer1 (not verified) on 31st Jul 2009

I want to take my written

I want to take my written test. How can I make an apointment?

Submitted by robertito (not verified) on 1st Jul 2009

im just wondering if theres

im just wondering if theres any way that i can have a driver lisence or a id card from the state of neva im here only for vacations i have my passaport nd my visa .. thanks robert777@live.com

Submitted by AntonioJP (not verified) on 31st Mar 2009

im wonderin im 18 n how much

im wonderin im 18 n how much is it to get a new ID? Nd if i turned 18 do i still got to take the writtin test for the drivers license? I took Drivers Ed. n i passed it so i was jus wonderin because i heard if u turn 18 u jus got to get the permit n take the driver test on the road. If u can answer that for me plz write me at antoniopizarro91@yahoo.com.

Submitted by debeth (not verified) on 21st Mar 2009

what do you need to get a

what do you need to get a license if you have a driver's license from another state?

Submitted by aztar39 on 16th May 2016

I live in Kentucky may be

I live in Kentucky may be moving to lasvegas,nv. can I use a post office on my driver license

Submitted by Deonna (not verified) on 17th Feb 2009

i would like to get mi driver

i would like to get mi driver license but i dont no how to sign up to get it if u can please help me thank u

Submitted by vuphan1991 (not verified) on 6th Feb 2009

Hi Ma'am or Sir..i want to

Hi Ma'am or Sir..i want to get a oppointment for my driver license test..but i don't know how?...also i'm still under 18 , can i still get an oppointment by myself?

Submitted by dstory_99 (not verified) on 28th Jan 2009

I had passed the drivers test

I had passed the drivers test about 4 years ago (written/driving) and just before I was givin my card there was a "hold" fr Oregon. I believe that has passed, can you tell me whether I am eligible now???

Submitted by crazy-chikken (not verified) on 23rd Jan 2009

i'm new and i need help

i'm new and i need help geting my licence

Submitted by Weveyam Jules APAKOUFOGUE (not verified) on 15th Jan 2009

Hi, I would like to make an

Hi, I would like to make an appointment for my driving test but I don't know how is it working. I'ld appreciate that you help me with those details. Thanks