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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Nevada

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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.

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