First-time drivers need to get a learners permit in Nevada before they are allowed to drive on state roads. To do so, there are several requirements that they will need to fulfill. These include age requirements and testing requirements.

Once they get their Nevada drivers permit, they will need to understand the restrictions placed on their driving privileges. This includes only driving during certain hours, as well as only driving when accompanied by an adult who has unrestricted driving privileges.

In this article, you will learn all that you need to know about getting a DMV learners permit in Nevada: who is allowed to get one, how the application process works and what you should expect from the permit tests.

Nevada Learners Permit Eligibility Guidelines

Nevada drivers permit requirements state that you must be at least 15 and a half years of age in order to apply for your first permit. There is no maximum age limit, as the permit program is designed for all beginning drivers. If you are younger than 18 years of age and want to get a learner’s permit, you need to be attending school, and you must have passed a drivers education course.

You will need a Nevada learning license if you are an adult who has never held a license before, or if your driving privileges have been expired for more than a year. Any lost driving privileges will need to be reinstated before you are eligible to get the learners permit.

No matter your age, you will need to be a resident of Nevada who is legally authorized to be in the United States. You will also need to pass both the written and eye exams.

How to Apply for a Learners Permit in Nevada

Getting a learners permit in Nevada requires you to go to a DMV office and turn in your application and documentation in person. When determining where to get your learners permit, you should contact your nearest DMV office ahead of time, in order to determine whether or not the office administers tests. If it does, you will be able to take your tests and submit your application during the same DMV appointment.

In order to apply for a learner permit in Nevada, you first need to fill out and submit the Application for Driving Privileges or ID Card. This application requires you to divulge basic personal information, such as your name, Social Security Number and address. You will also need to list your eye color, hair color, height and weight.

Along with the application, you will need to submit:

  • One official paper proving your right to be in the United States. This can be a birth certificate, passport, Permanent Resident Card or Temporary Resident Card.
  • One official paper proving your Social Security Number. This is most commonly a Social Security card, but you may also use a pay stub, W-2 or 1099.
  • Two official papers proving your Nevada address. This can be a voter registration card, rental agreement, insurance policy or any other official paper showing both your name and address; documents must be current, which means they were either issued in the last 60 days or they are the most recently issued version of the document.

If you are younger than 18 years of age, you will also need to submit:

  • A Certification of Attendance (DMV 301), which shows you are enrolled in school or have a permitted reason to not be attending.
  • A Certification of Completion, which your driving school will issue to you, showing you have completed the drivers education course.

The above explains how to apply for a learners permit in Nevada that is REAL ID compliant. However, if you do not have a document that proves your Social Security Number, you will be able get a Driver Authorization Card by providing the DMV with all of the other documents. This Driver Authorization Card provides the same driving privileges, but it cannot be used for federal identification.

The Nevada Drivers Permit Test

The Nevada DMV permit test has 25 questions, and you must get at least 20 of them right for a score of at least 80 percent. The drivers permit test only has multiple choice questions, and it is not designed to trick you: instead, the questions are designed to show that you have an understanding of the knowledge required to drive responsibly. The best way to study for the learners permit test is to read your Nevada Driver’s Manual.

The DMV offers an online drivers permit test, and while these questions are not the same as what you will see on the exam, they cover the same material. The purpose of the Nevada DMV practice permit test is to show how well you have absorbed the material in the Driver’s Manual.

Though a drivers permit practice test is not provided in the Manual, it is still the most important study material that you have. The topics found on both the knowledge exam and the Nevada DMV permit practice test include:

  • Basic driving maneuvers, such as parking
  • Driving laws
  • Safe driving habits

Nevada Driving Permit Rules and Restrictions

Driving permit rules ensure that inexperienced drivers practice operating a vehicle safely. This means that, no matter your age, you must be accompanied by a license holder who is at least 21 years of age.

Permit driving hours in Nevada are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Exceptions are given to motorists who need to drive during these hours for work or school purposes. This restriction only applies to motorists who are younger than 18 years of age.

Below, you will find two frequently asked questions about learners permit rules in Nevada:

  • Can you drive with a permit in Nevada if the driver supervising you got their license in the past six months? No, the driver who supervises you needs to have held their privileges for a full year.
  • How long does a learner’s permit last in Nevada? Your permit expires after a year, though you only need to get 50 hours of driving experience over six months in order to qualify for a license.

Nevada Learner Permit Fees

The learner permit fee is the same for all applicants, though it does not include the Technology Fee, which is added to all DMV transactions.

Additionally, the Nevada DMV permit price does not cover the cost of the tests you must take in order to receive your permit. You can see the complete breakdown of prices below:

  • The Nevada DMV permit cost is $22.25.
  • The Technology Fee is $1.
  • The written and road tests cost $25 total.
  • Test retakes cost $10 each.
Last updated on Wednesday, March 4 2020.