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Suspended License Information for Nevada

While some motorists regard driving as a basic right, the fact is that operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that must be earned and maintained by demonstrating safe and lawful driving. Under certain circumstances, an individual's Nevada driver's license may be suspended or revoked for a specific length of time, depending on the person's driving record or history, and the particular violation(s).


There are a variety of reasons why your Nevada driver's license might be suspended. Some of these are related to specific driving violations, while others may be due to violation of other State laws. Following are some of the most common reasons for a Nevada driver's license to be suspended or revoked.

  • Excessive Moving Violations. The state of Nevada operates on a point system, in which drivers accumulate points on their license for every moving violation they commit. If you accumulate 12 or more demerit points in 12 months, your license will be suspended.
  • Driving Under the Influence. Your Nevada driver's license will be suspended if you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The length of the suspension depends on the severity of the violation and whether it is a first or repeat offense. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or more, your license will be suspended. Refusing to take the chemical test will also result in a suspension.
  • Driving with a Suspended License or no License. Driving with a suspended license will lead to an increase in the length of the suspension, and you may also be imprisoned for up to five years. The duration of the additional suspension varies depending on the reason for the underlying suspension. Your driver's license may also be suspended if you do not have your license with you while you are driving.
  • Driving without Insurance. All motor vehicles driven in Nevada must be properly insured. Failure to provide proof of valid auto insurance can result in your license being suspended.
  • Other Driving-Related Violations. Your Nevada driver's license may also be suspended if you engage in reckless driving, are found to be at fault in a fatal accident, or if you abandon your vehicle on a public highway. Speed racing is another reason for suspension.
  • Physical or Psychological Disqualification. The Department of Motor Vehicles can order a re-examination of any person who may not be fit to drive. An individual's driving privileges may be suspended if the re-examination finds they are physically or psychologically unable to drive safely.
  • Non-Driving Reasons for License Suspension. A variety of non-driving violations or issues can result in your license being suspended. These include: not responding to a Department of Motor Vehicles notice or not appearing in court; failing to pay traffic tickets, fines or surcharges; and not paying child support. Other reasons include writing checks to the DMV that bounced and giving false or incorrect information while applying for a driver's license.
  • Lack of Security Deposit. If after an accident the property damage is $750 or more, or a person is injured regardless of the property damage amount, and you do not have insurance to cover it, your license and vehicle registration are suspended.
  • Failing to Properly Secure a Child. If you are convicted of three or more offenses relating to not securing a child properly in a vehicle, your license will be suspended.
  • Graffiti. If found guilty of a graffiti violation, your license will be suspended.
  • Juvenile Offenses. These include being expelled from school for not attending classes, being found in possession, distribution, sale or purchasing of alcohol and drugs, or being guilty of particular offenses related to firearms. If a juvenile if found guilty of any of these, his/her license will be suspended


Having your Nevada driver's license suspended is a serious matter and it is essential to adhere to State law in the event that your license is suspended. If you believe your license may be suspended due to one of the reasons listed above it is advisable to speak with a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer.
The most important things to be aware of following a license suspension are:

  1. If your license has not already been taken away from you in court, you must surrender it to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. You can surrender your license in person at a DMV office, or mail it to:
    DMV Driver License Review 
    555 Wright Way 
    Carson City, NV 89711-0400    
  2. While your license is suspended, you are not permitted to drive. If you are found driving with a suspended license, you may be imprisoned for up to five years, and/or the length of your suspension may be increased.
  3. After your suspension is over, you will receive a written notice of restoration, with instructions on how to restore your license. Do not drive until you have completed the necessary steps and received a valid, replacement license from the Nevada DMV.
  4. Your suspension/revocation information will be shared with all 50 other states. You will not be able to apply for a license in another state until your suspension or revocation is dealt with in Nevada. Similarly, if you have an out of state suspension or revocation, you will need to have that cleared before Nevada will grant you a license.
  5. You might be eligible to apply for a restricted license that allows you to travel to work/school or to receive medical attention. You will have to fill out an Restricted License and also take the driving, vision and medical tests and pay the reinstatement fee. You might also have to show proof of insurance (SR-22). Contact a DMV office for more information on this.


If you receive a suspension notice from the DMV, and you wish to challenge the suspension, you may request a hearing in court. You will have to contact the Office of Administrative Hearings for this and also complete a hearing request form. An administrative law judge or the DMV Chief Administrator will hear your case, and determine whether your driver's license should be suspended or not. In addition, drivers whose license may be suspended due to accumulating excessive points may be eligible to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program. Completing a Driver Improvement Program removes three points from the current driving record if you have between three and eleven points, and in some cases can enable an individual to avoid having his license suspended.
It is also a good idea to seek the advice of a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer, based on the reason for the suspension.


The DMV will not send you a notice of restoration once you have completed your suspension period. The period will be mentioned on the suspension or revocation letter. Once the period is over you can start the process of reinstatement. The process varies as it depends on the type of offense you committed. You will need to contact the DMV about your case. The contact information is given below:

DMV Driver License Review 
555 Wright Way 
Carson City, NV 89711-0400    
Las Vegas (702) 486-4368 option 6
Reno/Carson City (775) 684-4368 option 6    

Rural Nevada (Toll Free) (877) 368-7828 option 6

TDD for the hearing impaired (775) 684-4904    

You can also reinstate online.
Generally, you will need to:

  1. Pay a restoration fee. The fee can be paid in person at a DMV office. You can also mail a check or money order payable to:
    DMV Driver License Review 
    555 Wright Way 
    Carson City, NV 89711-0400    
  2. You may also be required to take the vision, written and driving skills test. The driving skills test is only required if your license has been suspended or revoked for more than a year.
  3. If you need to maintain proof of insurance (SR-22) as a condition for reinstatement, it must be maintained for three years after the reinstatement. More information on this can be found here.
  4. Apply for a standard license renewal to obtain a new license.

Note that after your license is restored, you may be subject to a probation period during which any new violations may result in an additional suspension of your Nevada driver's license.


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